Hi. My mother suffered for years and years with chronic back pain, becoming more and more dibilitated, and never really being diagnosed accurately; partly her fault, partly the docs. Finally, after an unrelated hospital stay, I insisted she be placed in a LTC facility, close to my home, for rehabilitation and strengthening. The care she received, included pain control for her chronic condition. She began to get stronger with each passing week, and for the first time in so many years, her back pain was reasonably under control. I applied for medicaid for her, so that she might remain in this facility. She insisted after three months on signing herself out, so she could go home again to an upstairs apartment, to be with my father, a man who had abused her, her whole marriage. I begged her to stay put, because I felt it would be a death sentence, if she went back to that apartment, to be a prisoner again to chronic pain, and the depression of living with my father, never getting her needs met. I refused to go along with it, and even took a job in this LTC facility, hoping that she would stay. I couldn't prevent her signing out however, as she was in her rights to do so. On Sept. 15th, she signed out, and since I refused to pick her up, my father drove to get her in his rat trap car. When she got back home, she could not get the proper medication for her back, that had been prescribed for her in the LTC. So, it was a very short trip back into depression and despair, which is a vicious cycle in chronic pain. That was Sept. of '95, and by Nov. '95, she was dead; almost one month to the day after she signed out.