Have you and your doctor tried cortisone shots? I got a couple of those back about 18 months ago and it relieved the pain completely. I know the shots are only supposed to last for 6 months or so but as soon as I had relief I got serious about getting rid of the extra weight. I've had no problem - although I can still feel the "spot" if I think about it. So I know its not gone, just eased up.