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Posted by Stewart on October 20, 2000 at 21:40:24:

In Reply to: Another option: Morphine Pump.......hi Maria! posted by Dani on October 20, 2000 at 13:02:11:

Hey There,

Don't do this Dani. What happens where there is no other option and then you are forced to have surgery and then you are given more pain meds, and you have more damage to your disc then you have right now?. Do you realize how long this narcotic road will take?. Please, I have a long road ahead of me with the meds, it is not fun. You are talking about a major addiction. I am still soooooo surprised that no one is offering surgery. Sorry Dani, I am not trying to come down on you but there is one solution. Look at it this way, if a Dr. is willing to insert a drug with one of the strongest pain killers out there, then isn't there other options?. Please proceed carefully, I don't want you to end like me when it comes to addiction. LOL God Bless, Stewart.

: Hey everyone-

: I saw another doctor this morning..he is the friend and colleague of my boy-friend's father. He basically delivered the same news to me that the other jerk on wed did..that surgery might not make that much of a difference..and it might not be worth it. In other words, continuing to live with the pain is what I would have to do. BUT he was SO compassionate and so caring and gentle that him delivering such painful news was a million times easier to bear than when it came from the mouth of the other guy. Plus he actually offered me another option..a morphine pump which he thinks might really help get the pain under control. I'm not excited about the idea of having a thing the size of a hockey puck sticking out of my abdomen..especially since I'm pretty narrow..but on the other hand I don't like the idea of undergoing something as major as a fusion surgery and not having it help. What do you guys think? I'm still going to get more opinions but I'm very glad I at least had this experience with such a wonderful doctor.

: Maria! I applaud you. It's very touching that you saw the refelction of your own strength and spirit in your son....and that, in doing so, it gave you comfort. God works in mysterious ways.

: Anyway, I thought about you a lot yesterday..and I, in fact, was telling my boy-friend bill about you on the way up to maine last night. It hurts me deeply to know that there are other people out there who are suffering from the same agony as I do.....but at the same time it comforts me to know that someone understands.
: be well Maria..and I hope your son feels better too!

: everyone else- have a GOOD day.

: every good wish-
: Dani

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