Kandy, thank's for your message. I've been thinking about seeing a chiropractor.Did you ever try accupucture? I'm not going to get anymore cortisone shots or oral steroids-they were of no benefit anyway.Regarding surgery-about 10 years ago i had a "simple" surgery on my right hand for a condition similar to carpal tunnel. I ended up with severe adhesions. It took 8 months of horrible, painful PT to "fix." So I won't even consider surgery now. Are you able to sit??? Congrats on the 2 block walks!!! I was in nursing school and almost ready to get my R.N. Now I feel like I'm just rotting away! Thanks again for your response--it's good to know I'm not alone! I'm taking 4000 mg of L-Glutamine daily, along with other vitamins such as C, E, and calcium.