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kttn251977
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   Posted 4/15/2009 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all, just thought I would update my that my pain pump procedure is finally approved and I will be going on Monday for the trial. 4 months, isn't that crazy? Wish me luck.....


ps.... I know we are all experiencing a problem with Oxycodone shortages but get ready I went to 15 different locations here in Tampa for Dilaudid. Apparently it is getting over-prescribed in Oxycodone's place and they can't keep up either. Here we go again.
RX's: Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Oxycodone 30mg 5xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed); Amitriptyline 25mg 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Abilify 5mgs at bedtime (depression); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 4/15/2009 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not going for my trial. I feel kinda like a chicken now that you say
that. I wish you the best.

It took you four months???? Why?

Sincere Congratulations.

Pamela

Let us know how it goes, ok?

bluejet2
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   Posted 4/15/2009 10:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kttn:

I am so happy for you! I know we haven't exactly "met" yet, but I have been keeping up on your posts; I have had a pump for several years, and I couldn't live without it.

Any questions or concerns, feel free to ask.

Lorie

bluejet2
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   Posted 4/15/2009 10:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kttn:

I am so happy for you! I know we haven't exactly "met" yet, but I have been keeping up on your posts; I have had a pump for several years, and I couldn't live without it.

Any questions or concerns, feel free to ask.

Lorie

skeye
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   Posted 4/16/2009 12:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations kttn!
I know your insurance was throwing you for a loop! I'm glad things finally settled & the pump was approved.
Wishing you the best of luck for a successful trial on Monday! You must be so happy!

Skeye

mom9mom
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   Posted 4/16/2009 12:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck and lots of prayers that it works.
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Surgery to fuse L3 and L4 vertabra Dec. 31,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


PAlady
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   Posted 4/16/2009 12:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Kttn,
Great news! I wish you all the best with the trial - you'll let us know how it's going, I'm sure.

And the meds. shortages - like we don't have enough to worry about!

Focus on the good news and a successful trial!

PaLady

nurse2
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   Posted 4/16/2009 3:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Kttn,
I'm glad that things seem to be working out for you now. I hope the pump is the answer. My doc just started my on a low dose of Morphine 15mg. twice a dayl
that makes me tired enough. I try to take the morning dose at 4 a.m. so I won't be so tired when I go to physical tharapy each morning. I fall asleep at the drop of a hat! I went to sleep in the doctor's office the other day sitting up in the chair.
Nurse2
Degenerative disc disease,osteoarthritis, status post 4 cervical spinal surgeries with plate insertions and fusion, Lupus, Sjogren's Disease, Fibromyalgia, chronic heacaches and chronic pain.


uniquelyme
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   Posted 4/16/2009 3:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Great news indeed!! I am thinking about broaching the subject with my Doc...I just switched from Methadone to Morphine and it's not doing much for the pain...I know what you mean about the shortage...I use Oxycodone 15 mg. bor BT pain...I went today to 5 different Pharmacies before I found one that had them...I think I'll switch to something a little easier to find.

Good Luck, and keep us posted. I might be next...

Me.
 
We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome
Hemi Lamenectomy/Spinal Fusion(Lumbar)
60 mg. MS Contin 2Xdaily/15 mg. Oxycodone as needed
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin 850 mg. twice daily (so far)
ME. (Rhonda)                                                                    

 


kttn251977
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   Posted 4/16/2009 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks everyone for all the well-wishes. i appreciate your kind words. i will keep up as much as possible and let you all know a play by play since many on here are considering it. thanks again everyone! -Shannon
RX's: Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Oxycodone 30mg 5xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed); Amitriptyline 25mg 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Abilify 5mgs at bedtime (depression); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil


straydog
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   Posted 4/16/2009 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Kttn, great new for you indeed. I cannot believe how bad your drs office was in handling getting you approved, that was uncalled for. Maybe they need to look at finding someone else to fill that position. I hope that doesn't happen on getting any kind of an authorization. Keep in mind the trial should make you feel like a million-pain free but its temporary. Susie


White Beard
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   Posted 4/16/2009 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations kttn, I hope your trail run goes well for you! It will be interesting to know the play by play details of it as time goes along!
Good Luck to You
White Beard
  I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


kttn251977
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   Posted 4/26/2009 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
well, here is my update. there is a trial before an actual pump is put int place. the trial spans over 5 days and you have to come in everyday and the morphine dosage is bumped up daily until on the 4th day they double the dosage. i went from a 9 scale to a 5, easily. there is still pain like in my lower spine & nerve damage, of course, was not affected by the pump. but now that i have the weekend without it i miss it! so heres hoping it will be a yes on monday.....
RX's: Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Oxycodone 30mg 5xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed); Amitriptyline 25mg 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Abilify 5mgs at bedtime (depression); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil


uniquelyme
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   Posted 4/27/2009 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Great News KTTN, Here is my question....Did ther Morphine really work well? I tried it orally and it didn't help me as much as Methadone, but will it be different in the Pain Pump? I am thinking about the pump myself...
 I hate Boats!!!!
 
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/15 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night
                                                                    

 


kttn251977
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   Posted 4/27/2009 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
yes, absolutely there is a huge difference- iv morphine didn't do anything for me, i usually get dilaudud iv when i am in the er. they explained up front that the pump morphine is about 500 times stronger. the first 2 doses i had my doubts but when the last trial day came it was doubled and i only took 1 breakthrough dialudid pain pill. i have an appointment tomorrow for my follow up, and i really hope i can have it permanently. they also explained even though my trial did not include muscle relaxers, they can put it in the pump as well. i have to say it was nice not having to count my pills all day long. after the trial was taken out i really felt the pain, it was awful after having a few days release. i feel pretty positive that i will be oked, i went from a 9 pain scale to about a 5 on the last day so i don't see why they wouldn't approve me. **fingers crossed** but the thing about the pump is even if you stop responding to the meds it can always be taken out. thats why i figured i would go for it. though it took a long time to get approved from my insurance. hope this helps some! .....and methadone, morphine- pretty much anything but oxycontin er works for me. and the pump can take different pain meds like dilaudid if the response to morphine doesn't help.
RX's: Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Oxycodone 30mg 5xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed); Amitriptyline 25mg 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Abilify 5mgs at bedtime (depression); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil


Chartreux
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   Posted 4/27/2009 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
oh my, I'll certainly keep my finger crossed for you in hope you can get the pain pump...
sounds like the trial went very good for you, so woohoo in that you had some low pain days...
(((((((((((((((((kttn)))))))))))))))))))))))))
prayers and well wishes and keep us posted when you can....
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kttn251977
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   Posted 4/28/2009 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks!! dr ok'ed the go ahead for the pump today. i have an appt on the 11th (which is my monthly appt) with the dr who does the surgeries to go over which pump i want and the pain med combo we are going to fill it with. i am so exited i hope my insurance has approved it by my next appt. my mother on the other hand has been paranoid by the law ads on tv..... failed pain pump, please call 800.... blah blah blah. i told her i have fully researched the pros and cons and the pros are higher. also the dr doing the surgery travels all over the world to teach how to put these things in and is well known and respected for his expertise. i told her there is very little someone with back pain wouldn't try if it meant some relief. she's started to get back pain and complains about it. i said, imagine four herniated and two broken discs... don't rain on my parade. after 10 years finally some relief. i despise the news, they are so prejudice. my dr and i were talking about that today. how people are treated like criminals (even from other drs, hospitals, etc) when they see what meds i am on and how people react to oxycontin. well, thats a soapbox for another day. thanks again for the well wishes and i will update when i either get the go ahead or after the 11th with more pain pump info. hope everyone has a lpd!!
RX's: Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Oxycodone 30mg 5xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed); Amitriptyline 25mg 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Abilify 5mgs at bedtime (depression); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 4/28/2009 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
KTTN> Thats the best news I've heard in a long time! You go girlfriend!!! Sorry I'm so late posting> I'm such a turd! Don't let the doubters bother you, it's your body and you've suffered long enough! I'm so happy for you! Please keep us updated on ALL the good news to come!!!
Your friend (but still a turd!),
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections once a month. 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, one on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis in port in Singapor and the other on a Gator Freighter USS Bataan stationed in Norfolk, Va. to be deployed to the Middle East in early May. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


skeye
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   Posted 4/28/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, kttn, that is wonderful! I am so happy for you! I hope that the actual implant will bring you even greater relief!

Skeye

bluejet2
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   Posted 4/28/2009 8:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Kttn:

I, too, am soooo happy for you.  From experience, I can say that I think you are absolutely making the right decision and Pete is right - don't let anyone fill your head with doubts! 

I hope you get the approval quickly! 

Lorie 


kttn251977
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Total Posts : 554
   Posted 4/29/2009 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
gosh everybody- thank you for all your support. everyone in here is so kind. i think we should make a community down here for people in chronic pain, everyone is so nice. we might walk funny and wince a little as we go- but we are not unkind. what a perfect little community we would make. enjoy the sun with our "mocktails", scoot across the pool. senior citizens can have their own community why couldn't we? though i think we might have to have a small battalion to guard all our meds.... lol. i hope everyone else finds some relief. i just know i never thought the day would come to where i could sit up anymore. it may not last but i will take it while i can! ((hugs)) to everyone! thanks again!! keep trying! constant vigilance!
RX's: Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Oxycodone 30mg 5xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed); Amitriptyline 25mg 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Abilify 5mgs at bedtime (depression); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil

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