A 47-year-old woman had heaviness in the left arm for about 20 years, attributed to a cervical rib. The left leg became similarly involved 3 years before the patient attended our clinic. One year previously, she had developed pain above the left ear and, at times, had a feeling that blood was rushing through the left side of her face. Gradually, a feeling of pressure, pulling, tightness, and heaviness extended throughout the entire left side, face, arm, and leg. She could walk only 20 m. In the following 5 years, she was treated with various combinations of 6 analgesics and 8 antidepressants. Leading pain experts were consulted. With her physician's acquiescence, she consulted a Roman Catholic priest in her part of the country who had a reputation for impressive feats of healing. She later related, "I joined hands with my husband and daughter, he [the priest] said, ‘and my child what is your trouble?' I told him I had a tumor of the brain this big [showing a circle of her index finger on her thumb]. He prayed, and I felt a little pea-sized thing drop down from the roof of my mouth into my throat. It choked me a little, and I fell to the ground. Perhaps I was unconscious a little while. My husband and daughter had severe headaches and vomited for 2 days." The patient had stopped all medication and reported that she felt much better. On examination, there were no pseudoneurological deficits. She was stylishly dressed and planning a European holiday.