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of this FDA-approved drug caused fluid to press against Paufler_s lungs making
it difficult for him to breathe and causing his legs and feet to _ecome swollen.
The steroid therapy caused severe, intense depression marked by abrupt mood.
shifts. Throughout,. the spasms continued and Pa_fler's 1_mbs remained out. of
contro_.[ The doctor insisted that ACTH was the only therapy likely to be of any-
help with the multiple sclerosis, despite its adverse effects. Another, oral,
steroid was eventually substituted.
22. One day Paufler became semi-catatonic _hile sitting im his liv_ng
room at home. He was rushed to the hospital emergency room. He nearly d_ed.
Lab reports indicated, among other things, a nearly total lack of potassium in
his body_ He was given massive injections of potassium _n the emergency room
and placed on an oral supplement. Paufler resolved to take no more steroids.
23° From time to time, prior to this point, Paufler had smoked
marijuana socially with visiting friends, seek some rc_ef from his misery in a
temporary "high"° He now begam smoking marijuana more often. After some weeks
he found that he could stand amd then walk _ bit. His doctor dismissed the _dea
that marijuana could be he_pfu| with multiple sclerosis, and Paufler, himself,
was skeptical at first. He began discontinuing _t for a wh_le, then resuming.
24. Pauf]er found that when he did not smoke marijuana his condition
worsened, he suffered more intense spasms more frequent#y_ When he smoked
marijuana, his condition _ould stabilize and then improve; spasms were more
controlled and less severe; he felt better; he regained control over his limbs
and could walk totally una_dedo H_s vision, often b_urred and umfocused,
improved. Eventual_y he began smoking marijuana on a daily basts. He ventured
outdoors° He was soon walking half a block. His eyesight returned to normal.
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