OK folks! Either I am on to something and the blue emu gel ( Blue Stop Max Gel ) really works wonders, or the fact that my daughter rubs it into my knotted-up-like-crazy muscles has somewhat relaxed them -- or maybe a little of both, but for the first day in a long time, weeks in fact, I haven't hurt so bad I wanted to cry. The knots still hurt when she rubs in the gel, so much so I have to ask her to stop, but it gets better each time. So, for what it is worth, there you go.
And I saw something on Facebook today that explains a communication problem between me and Zoe: