I'm so glad you have joined this family! But so sad at what has happened to your life. It's good that you are reaching out to others who understand your pain. Even though those who love and live with you understand, it's not quite the same as someone who suffers also.
Have you exhausted all possibilities of 2nd, 3rd or more opinions? If you haven't gone to a teaching/university hospital you might want to give it a try. I'm not doubting that you haven't already tried this or everything else, but wanted you to be aware of resources we have available. At the top of the forum list there's a thread called Chronic Pain 101 and it has lots of good information in it.This is a link to many of the university hospitals worldwide. They are great for many reasons but mostly for their cutting edge technology and also for not just dumping you aside when they can't figure out what to do. Hope some of this helps... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_university_hospitals
Also, for those of us who don't really know what intercostal neuralgia is, here's a link for that too. It's helpful to understand what's going on with others living with chronic pain.www.ehow.com/about_5164872_intercostal-neuralgia-pain.html
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