If I had discovered what this was before my infection and lancing, I think the natural way would have been better for me. My boss has suggested some remedies that I will be trying for the next 3 weeks. If this has not shown improvement then, I know the Dr. will want to do surgery. I feel comfortable with him, though. He is not a "cut first and ask questions later" type of Dr. He really doesn't want to do it, but if I haven't improved by then it may be the only option. When I started reading this thread, I was looking forward to seeing how the alternative remedy progressed. It was disappointing to see this experiment get bogged down by arguing.