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Posted By : lemonflavor - 6/3/2017 12:20 PM
I just had my lumbar pump replaced yesterday. Everything was OK as far as pain. But today in addition to the incision pain (which I know is worse on the 2nd and 3rd day), my back and leg pain is severe. I wonder if it's because of how long the pump was off. I know that sounds like nothing, but I had a pump check once where it was just turned off for 5-10 minutes and I was in pain the rest of the day. (I'm male, and something else unusual was going on down there, so I know it's not mental.)

I also wonder if it's because my legs were straight, which hurts me a lot.

Has anyone else experienced this? If it gets worse I'll have to call them and probably go to the emergency room.

Posted By : straydog - 6/3/2017 1:32 PM
Hi lemonflavor sorry to read about what you are dealing with. I can't answer your questions as to why this happened. I would think your settings remained the same. I would call the surgeon's office I feel certain they have someone on call. And before going off to ER better put in a call to your PM dr & leave a call back number. ER cannot check your pump as they are equipped to handle pain pumps. I am very doubtful ER will do anything, perhaps an xray as they tell us patients we don't give narcotics out.

Take care.
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Posted By : lemonflavor - 6/3/2017 3:14 PM
I found out from looking at the printouts that the level is from a prior refill, which was before a 10% increase I had done. And I specifically mentioned that to him so he'd get it right! But something else must be going on too.

I would certainly make a call to them before going to the ER, which would be a last resort, but I was so bad this morning that I was on the verge of it being intolerable. I thought maybe if they were in contact with the pain pump doc, they could give those meds via IV, but that's probably wishful thinking.

I suppose having surgery on a Friday isn't a good idea. Thanks for the reply.

Posted By : straydog - 6/4/2017 7:43 AM
lemonflavor, I think you now know why you are having problems. And yes, you are correct about the wishful thinking of getting IV pain meds at ER, would not happen. Knowing the dosage thing call your PM dr first thing Monday & get them to see you to adjust your pump.

Take care.
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