I know what you mean about the pain. Towards the end I was taking two percodans like every 3 hours. What would help me the most was to coil over a stack of pillow while my husband and another person would rub in massage motions and put pressure on my back. They would do that till I would finally fall asleep. I was to scared to get my rear to a hospital where it belonged. They said my gallbladder wasn't functioning either. When it was removed it was just totally rotten they told me. My mother in law put off going to the doctor just like me and when she finally went Gangreen at set into hers. Those little things sure can cause a great deal of pain.