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  •  It's hell, what you're both going through. Advice (8+ / 0-)

    will be aplenty, I'm sure, but my husband, my love, my life, died of cancer. His pain management doctor put in an internal pain pump. Is that an option? His radiologist, thank God for him, told him he'd prescribe him Marinol, but that it would be worse on the nausea. He said find someone you can get pot from. Wisconsin, is where we live, so it's illegal. It wasn't very hard to find some people who were able to help with that. It was a Godsend, as was the pain pump. Internally, it directly shoots the pain meds into the nerve that covers that area. It's surgically implanted just below the skin in the lower abdomen, and a catheter is fed to that nerve. Somehow. It's calibrated with a computer to adjust amounts and frequency. I'm hoping for relief for you both.

    I'm a Democrat 1st, and a Liberal 2nd.

    by Laurilei on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 06:36:14 PM PST

    •  Finding pot would be cheap and easy (9+ / 0-)

      But we can't.

      If it shows up on a single drug screening, Jodie's pain management would end ... period.

      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      Who is twigg?

      by twigg on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 06:41:28 PM PST

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      •  Yes, I realize that. It's one reason why I count (4+ / 0-)
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        myself lucky that we had that option, albeit illegal. The pain pump might be something to check into. I don't know if it's possible or an option, but it was a lifesaver and saved on the drugs he was taking by mouth or by a patch.

        I'm a Democrat 1st, and a Liberal 2nd.

        by Laurilei on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 06:44:05 PM PST

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      •  This is where (10+ / 0-)

        We are all screwed up.  In the end, if this continues, you're going to be forced into a position of deciding which is the more livable a job she may love or the pain.

        If there are not other solutions, as long as you want, you will chose to fight the pain.

        That's a human nature problem.  You cannot ask someone to live in pain longterm, it is bad for their mental health, it's bad for how they relate to people, it's a bad standard of living.

        I saw above the conversation about cordical stimulators.   I will admit, I have seen this work very positively for people so I would say even with opposition I would keep researching all the possibilities out there.

        Because the day will come where the debate between pain and work is going to tilt quickly to "just stop the pain".

        Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

        by Chris Reeves on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 06:58:05 PM PST

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