Incredable post!!!! These are rhe kind of things that have so much importance to anyone(which is alot i believe) that has been staring at the cieling all night contemplating the pumps advantages vs the disadvantages. Thank you so much for the upfront honesty. I'm sure that has alot of people asking about this possibility when they consider the pump.
Hope Everyone Has A Pain Free day!!!
Straydog, I am so glad I read your post today as I am going to my pain management dr and I WAS considering the pain pump. now I am going to have a serious conversation with myself , that is asomething to think about...thanks
I have some questions about pain pumps...First of all, when you go from taking pain meds for years to a pain pump do you go through withdrawls? I know it might seem like a frivolous ??? but that worries me. I don't want to go through the withdrawls if I switch.
Also, how do they actually work?
spinal stenosis,degenerative disc disease,bilateral neuropothy.
lamenectomy L3,L4..spinal fusion L4-S1
Susie, I am so thankful I saw this post. I am going to a new pain management Dr on the 18th and I wanted to discuss the pump. You have answered so many questions for me, so I can have time to think about this BEFORE I talk to her. Thank you for the detailed information. this has been a great help.
I go in monday for the lap band gastric weight loss surgery in hopes the weight will take some relief off my joints and maybe that can help with the pain also. I have not posted on here for awhile as I had shoulder surgery and then have been so depressed from pain.
so again Susie ......Thanks Patty
Susie, Thanks for answering back to me. I have taken your advice and started a list of questions to ask the pain management Dr. when I see her and one of the first is what to do if she leaves! I do not know yet if I am a candidate for the pump.
I am excited about the lap band surgery and I have medicare, as I am on SS disability.(I am 57) They approved it right away as they figure they have spent so much money on my joint surgeries and the fact that my dr. can not get my blood pressure down. I am amazed that your husbands insurance will not pay for this, as they are now using this very surgery as a cure for diabetes, and heart problems. Don't give up, keep appealing it. I had to show 6 months of weighing in at the drs office, and tell them about ALL the diets I have tried, over the years that did not work...good luck to hubby. Monday I have the lap band implanted, I will let you know how it goes after I get home from the hospital. I guess I will have to send all my M&M's to PAlady now
Thanks Everyone for the kind words....
PAlady, I know the feeling of comfort eating, I have been doing that for years and just couldn't shake it. I have tried everything. I know I will never wear a bikini again but I just want to be able to walk without so much pain on all these bionic parts. You just keep enough M&M's for medicinal purposes. I know the feeling of not being able to excersise as well. Gee, I can barely walk, and not without my cane. I hope this helps..thank you again for the encouragement I really need that as I am scared.
Susie, with this recession coming on us. those of us who are poor or middle income are only going to get poorer and the rich richer. unfortunetly our Health Insurance is not anyones TOP priority and that is so sad. there are so many people that need healthcare and can't get it...BUT to work and retire, and get screwed on the insurance is really PATHETIC. I wish you luck. I am lucky to have SS Disability or I don't know where I would be. I too have about $750 in prescriptions a month but my medicare pays all but $2.25 for generic right now. In Jan it will go up to $10 each. My husband does not have insurance at all ( he is considered self employed). I wonder how they expect us to live on a fixed income of $1,000 a month after working since I was 15 years old???
Kttn, Thanks for the words of encouragement...I am actually very scared, but it seems everyone I have talked to says this is the way to go after all else fails..and believe me they have failed. I know it is not for everyone, but at least I have comfort knowing this one is reversible if there are complications. I can not excersise very well. I can barely walk a block with a cane with out crying in pain. It sounds like this Zone idea worked for you, and I hope this other one does to. somehow I keep hoping losing weight will help ease the pain..BUT with so many joints replaced, and scar tissue pushing on my spinal nerves. who knows.
Again thanks for the words and the prayers and I do pray everyday for each of you here that you each get your desire for Christmas and I know it includes at least a few pain free hous....Blessings, Patty
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