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Posted by Christian ( on February 01, 2002 at 23:48:21:

In Reply to: Thank you very much, you great humanitarian posted by Ueli on February 01, 2002 at 23:14:35:

Okay, that was wrong of me to say such a cruel thing, and I deserved what I got in reply.

The thing I have a huge problem with is the mistaken assumption that preventatives and abortives are a cure for all cluster heads and that narcotics are viewed as an evil thing.

There are many sufferers among you who have diligently tried preventatives and abortives only to find out that those methods didnít work for them. For people in that category, they should be allowed to use narcotics without being stigmatized or branded as being weak willed or as addictive personalities. Prior to my brother killing himself his physician had been in discussion with him of surgically attaching a permanent morphine drip to him that he could use to administer morphine on an as needed basis for the treatment of his pain.

Riddle me this, when preventatives and abortives donít work do you think that it is right to withhold pain relief as a final resort?

Do you think that people that are in the extreme throes of this condition should be denied relief?

A comparative example: if two people go into an ER and one has a sprained ankle and the other has a complex fracture, should the physician place an ace bandage on both of the patients because it worked so well for the sprain? Would not the person with the complex fracture be entitled to a medically appropriate treatment as well?

It seems to be the view in this line of threads that it is okay to let the more severe sufferers go without appropriate care and I happen think that it is wrong to make anyone suffer.

Again I was out of line and I apologize. Pain shots should be given without hesitation for those suffering an episode.


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