Patientx, thanks for the link! I'm going to look up more info today. And I agree--if it's a really severe issue, you have to do what you have to do.
I'll let you know if I have any luck with Neurontin. The only time I'll take something for flare-ups is when I get neuralgia/nerve pain in the extremities. Tried neurontin once for that many years ago, with no luck. Tegretol actually works for that (for me) in about a week, although the side effects bother me a lot more now. This is the first time I tried Tegretol for something other than the nerve pain, and no go.
Still holding out a small glimmer of hope that this t will go away on it's own.
So we'll see--fingers crossed!