I am a co-moderator in the Chronic Pain forum and really need some help for you guys. To give you a short summary of my background: I am a 42 y/o wife, mother and grandmother. I suffer from severe degenerative disk disease, failed back syndrome, spinal stenosis, spinal compression, fibromyalgia, acute myopathy and neuropathy. I have had 9 back surgeries including 2 major spinal recontructive surgeries and fusions at the L3-S1 levels.
I have a Medtronic Intrathecal Pain Pump implanted into my abdomen and the catheter is located at the C3 level. My pump delivers 8.25mg of morphine, baclofen and bupivicaine on a daily basis. (1mg of medication delivered through the pump is equal to 300mgs orally). In addition, I take 15mg Morphine x4/daily, 300mg Neurontin x1/daily, 40mg Paxil x1daily, and .5mg Xanax x4/daily.
Since October 19, 2005 I have been "passing out". The back of my neck gets extremely hot and then the next thing I know I have people yelling my name at me, rubbing my sternum and sticking smelling salts under my nose. I wake up confused, begin to cry and I am then just totally exhausted. Nothing has changed in my life, diet, medication etc., but I have been feeling "spider webby" on my arms and face. It actually feels like I am pulling spider webs off of my face and arms; however, there is nothing in my hands.
I continued to pass out and referred to a neurosurgeon on October 26th. (Come to find out my doctors staff sent me to the wrong doc...I was suppose to go to a Neurologist instead). After speaking with the neurosurgeon he decided he wanted to admit me to the hospital for testing and for my safety as well, due to falling when I pass out.
In the hospital I had tests done on my head, heart and spine. They cannot find out what is going on and why I am passing out. I was discharged on Sunday, October 30th, with the diagnosis of: "Fainting - unknown reason".
Have any of you heard of such a thing? Does it sound like seizures? At the hospital I saw an Internal Medicine doc, Neurosurgeon, Cardiologist and Neurologist. I am really concerned and do not know where to go from here.
Lot's of gentle hugs!
Chronic Pain, Co-Moderator
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Diagnosed 2001- After shattering spine
Severe Degenerative Disk Disease (DDD)**Spinal Stenosis**Acute Myopathy
**Spinal Compression**Fibromyalgia**Failed Back Syndrome**Neuropathy
**9 major back surgeries, including 2 spinal reconstructive surgeries
**Medtronic Morphine Pump implant
**Numerous oral medications for break through pain, nerve pain, depression & anxiety
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