Yes, NO and more NO! Since you asked I will give you a straight answer. The spinal stenosis, DDD, and nerve entrapment due to the collagen disase, has begun to progress and of course some spinal damage cannot be corrected with surgery or due to complicating factors, surgery is not an option. Those of us with FMS/MPS sooner or later, normally develop a mitral (sp) valve click or murmur. It is the only valve in the cardiac proper made of collagen and therefore the Mital Valve Prolapse. PVC's are also common among us. Now I'm on the C-Pap with oxygen. I am anaphalactally allergic to morphine and was one dose from a fatal incident. I recognized soon as I took one when I finally got out of the hospital and left along....first it was blue and I'm allergic to the color alone; then the swelling began, the edema, the throat....I was released with a few days home health and I immediately called the nurse...well, we got through that and I flushed them down the toilet!! After that rigamaro, the doc has me in a full hospital bed with a spinal mattress. I am to use the wheelchair to get everywhere. Last week or so I took a full face fall on concrete..that really took the wind out of my sails so I am trying to recouperate. I have not yet let the doc know about the shoulder/deltoid business but the powerchair he fussed about (the TX Medicaid had rejected his selection of a chair but he wrote a letter stating I have a spinal condition that usually doesn't progress but he fears mine may progress and this chair, a BRUNO, can have options (such as rising up to a level to cook, clean et al.) should I become completely unable to use my legs. I am on STRICT orders to use the bed, the "chair", no mopping, sweeping, lifting. I will be discharged as a patient if I do not comply. Am I alright? I am trying but there has been deteriation I have not broke to him yet...he has been on vacation and I don't want to hit him with this right off the bat. There are now no docs in this town that will accept medicare or medicaid! We need to watchdog the House and Senate as they are fixing to debate home health care & meds vs. care facility homes ie. "nursing homes". This is a big one and one we must defeat. Some of us do not have hubbies, families ect. and I may fall into that category. Am I alright? I awake each day wondering the same thing. Love Cactus.