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Old 12-21-2000, 07:29 PM   #1
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Questions of Ethics?

I would like opinions of others on this subject. After having a morphine pump implanted, I thought my pain would be under control. However after 2 days, I told my doctors that I was feeeling no relief at all. They increased the dose. Again, no effect. This went on for about a year until they decided that maybe the pump just wouldn't work for me. Meanwhile, they refused to give me any other medications for my pain, saying it has to be in my head that I am getting no relief. I even was sent to a shrink, who said he didn't think anything was wrong with me except that I was in pain.
So for a year, I went through hell.

Last week, the pump was removed by a different doctor. He said the catheter was nowhere's near where it should have been. The medicine would do absolutely nothing for me where it was being injected. He also said a simple X-ray test could have been done to confirm the catheter wasn't in the right location.

My question: Should I seek a lawyer and pursue the fact that my docs made me go through hell because they didn't believe me? Please tell me what you all think. I am no vindictive, but I hate to see docs that think they are God and that they can't be wrong and make people suffer because of their egos.

Thanks to all, and take care.
John V


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Old 12-22-2000, 06:56 PM   #2
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Re: Questions of Ethics?

Dear John V: Usually with pain and suffering, as you have been through, you could speak to a lawyer without cost. It doesn't hurt to listen to what an attorney would have to say. After speaking with an attorney, you then could make an intelligent decision as to how you wish to proceed. At this point, you don't have enough information to make a decision regarding your rights. You DO have rights! I suffer with back and neck pain, I know that type of pain can literally drive you crazy. If you were being given a morphine pump, you MUST be in severe pain. WHY DIDN'T THE DOCTOR DO THE X-RAY? DUH!!!In one state, I have heard you can sue a doctor for NOT giving you enough pain medication if you suffer from severe pain. Good luck to you, in whatever you decide. Take care, PatG

Old 12-22-2000, 10:55 PM   #3
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John, I remember reading a lot of your posts on the old board. I am sorry you have suffered such tremendous pain. Did the new doc that removed the pump ask whether you wanted to try again if the cath was positioned properly?

My husband is the one I've left posts regarding a doctor that was verbally abusive to us... treating my hubby like he's a long-haired biker trying to score drugs. It hasn't been suggested yet regarding the pump, but I want to be prepared when they do suggest it. They just recently suggested the Depo-Medrol steriod injections for him, and after researching it, we told them where they could stick their treatment.

I don't see where it would hurt talking to an attorney regarding your situation. A year (or more) is a long time to be in this kind of pain, and that wears down on your spirit tremendously. I'd see what they could do, and see if you might have a case.

Can you tell (e-mail) me a little more about the pump? I would like to know more details about it, even though you had no success with it. Thanks. ([email protected])

Take care, and bless you for enduring what you've endured over the last year. I do hope things get better from here. You have a lot of experience and info to share with us here and at "Back Problems".

Old 01-02-2001, 08:32 PM   #4
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Re: Questions of Ethics?

Hi John, just thought I would put in my 2 cents. Talk to a lawyer!!!!!!, I would love to hear that you got the ### that didn't believe you. You would think there was some way to check the placement using a dye or something. You must be furious with that last doc. Did he apologize? I bet you wouldn't have posted this if he had at least done that and recognized he had harmed you by with holding meds. So sorry to hear this. I'm glad your doing better..David

Old 01-14-2001, 03:54 PM   #5
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Re: Questions of Ethics?

Hi John,

Definitely contact a lawyer! I am so sick &
tired of these doctors not listening to their patients. Look how long you had to suffer, just because the doctor never checked to see if the pump was in the right place. It would have been so easy for him to
check! You are paying him/her because they
are a professional. You have a right to get
appropriate treatment. The physician's oath
says: "First do no harm", well I think you
were harmed greatly! This is not meant to be
vindictive, but it is meant to stop that doctor from doing the same thing to another patient. If he did not listen to you, he probably is not listening to any of his patients. Good luck, and I hope you have a
painfree day. God bless.

Old 03-19-2001, 02:30 AM   #6
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Re: Questions of Ethics?

The doctor who took out the pump and found it was not doing anything is your key to suing for a lot of money. Often doctors try to protect each other and so often have to be forced to make statements etc. You should not attempt anything until you get legal advice and see several layers as they are not all as honest as we think are. <IMG SRC="">


Old 03-23-2001, 11:46 PM   #7
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Re: Questions of Ethics?

Thanks for all the input. I am not going to be contacting any legal people. I have figured out that the best thing I can do is try to let everyone who asks know about this doctor and her ways of Pain Managenent.
I wasn't looking to make any money. I just was trying to find out what I could do to prevent this witch from putting someone else through this hell.


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