posted on Feb, 17 2012 @ 12:37 PM
I am really really surprised they didn't do an autopsy. Especially if this has never been documented before.
How can they know how to treat it if and/or when it is seen again if they can not be sure what it even is.
I'm assuming high doses of dopamine were not helping. So it sounds almost like a dopamine receptor issue instead of lack of dopamine like with
Parkinson. Sorry....I don't mean to sound bland about this....it must be the Dr. House coming out in me.
I would assume they tested her for neurosyphilis which may have been there from birth even?
As for the high doses of morphine..extremely high doses of it not "helping" or not for lack of a better phrase killing her...it's sort of an
oversimplification, but it is nearly impossible to overdose on a narcotic analgesic while still in pain. Since they bind with the pain receptors...if
there are still that many pain receptors left to bind with...there really isn't such a thing as too much. Although....
since pain itself is a neurological phenomenon...maybe the pain/morphines inability to work like it should was related to the dopamine not working
like it should.
Sorry...but if this had been seen in an elderly patient...it may well have been diagnosed...or misdiagnosed as simply Parkinson. Maybe we have seen it
before....and didn't know it..just in older patients.