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    An_188774 posted:
    My friend has terminal brain cancer. I don't know the medical term for the type of cancer she has. Her early symptoms were falls. loss of balance, headaches, incontenence and signs of memory loss. She is now bedridden in an post care acute nursing home. It breaks my heart that she has lost most of her speech and is very limited in speaking to make her wishes known. My greatest difficulty is seeing her in so much pain in these latter days weeks months? She wears a patch , morphin and is sleeping a great deal more each day. But when she awakens, she starts to thrash with pain. I would like to know why people have to lay in bed with a terminal illness in CRUSHING PAIN!! Would not be better to give a larger dosage of morophine in these her last days? She is dying for God's sake and if not able to increase dosage on a pain level of 10, at least put her in a state of sleep and calm. As you probably have guessed I am having a difficult time with this. WHY?
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    Lizardoli12 responded:
    Is she on anti inflammation meds, or does she have a port in her head, sometimes the pressure feels like a horse kicked you in the head. Pressure in your brain can also cause long term ddamage.

    They gave me steroids, but the side effects were really too much to bear! Does she have a advanced health care directive, if so, they should follow her wishes for the care she stated she wanted, if not someone needs the power of attorney for medical decision. Noone should suffer the pain of a brain swelling, it is on the 1 to 10 pain scale as a 15 . I told the doctors early on that if they shined their pin light in my eyes again, I would rip their arms off!!

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