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My mom has been hospitalized now for 1 1/2 weeks for pain. She is now so drugged up she is totally incoherent. An MRI showed a small spot on the spine but they did not think that was causing the pain. The nurse has talked about hospice, but now the doctor is ordering a spinal tap to see what else might be causing her pain.

My question is, why would he be ordering more tests if they are thinking hospice is the next step? Is it so they can better treat the pain, or is he just curious? The pain meds she is on now are not really working well so maybe if they can pinpoint the cause they can do more for her? I'm hoping they are keeping her in the hospital for more tests for a reason. She is really wanting to go home. Any insight from anyone? Thanks.

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