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Morphine was posted 12/30/1997 02:30 pm by Laurie T.
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My brother-in-law was in the hospital a day before they ascertained that he had PC (many many tests and many many months before they finally admitted him for the unbearable pain!) ... They administered Morphine for a day and then quickly took him off it ... explaining that they did not want him to form an addiction. A good sign we thought. They kept him in the hospital for about a week - gradually getting him back on solids and hoping his system would function regularly. Then they sent him home for the holidays. Told him to do whatever in life he always wanted to do with his family before treatment (chemo) starts to take over. He has stopped vomitting - but his system is still bunged up. He is also still in severe pain. The confusing part is - that they sent him home on MORPHINE - the very drug they took away from him to avoid addiction. This scares us immensely. I mean, what does it mean? does this indicate that they are not concerned about addiction - due to the fact that he has so little time left? The morphine (not sure of the dosage) did not work - so they have upped the dosage twice in the past week. This scares us! Anyone out there have any information on morphine and if this may be an indication that he really truly is near the end? With the higher level of morphine he is now sleeping alot and in less pain - he still feels it though. He is scheduled for another biopsy sometime next week - to ascertain which cell to treat with chemo (this is my medically-uneducated translation of what I have heard so far). Thanks in advance. Laurie

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