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shy-drager need help please

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  • Posted By: scott47
  • October 27, 2006
  • 08:21 PM

hi everyone,i am new to this site.i hope someone can help with this.my dad has had shy-drager going on 8 years and his health has gone downhill rapidly in the last 2 to 3 mos.his problem is that not being able to swallow he has a very hard time taking pain meds.he has severe disc problems in his neck and is prescribed loricet but since he cannot swallow my mom has to crush the pills which to me seems the meds would absorb very quickly and not last as long.i thought maybe a small pill such as a long acting med like oxycontin would do much better but his dr. says that they are afraid of his breathing.it does not make much sense to me and any help would be of great help. thanks scott

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