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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/16/2008 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Need help or someone that has had experience on the pain pump from Medtronic. I'm scheduled to have one implanted in about 2 weeks. All the website gives on there product is positive reviews. I,m looking for someone that has had experience with this device. It is called Medtronic Drug Delivery Therapy for chronic pain. Web address is I have spent years on pain killers and this was suggested by my doctor. I have 5 degenerated disk and 3 herniated. All specialist have said it is inoperative due to some much arthritis.
I would appreciate anyone that has had experience with this device to answer my post.
Thank you

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 12/16/2008 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi DenKat, welcome..... this is a fantastic place to come. there is a post some pages down (you are going to have to dig) that is about pain pumps. I too am looking at the surgery for a pain pump by the first of the year, so I was lucky to get some great advice. Medtronics website has some info on its page telling a bout the procedure. But, word of mouth is always the best. I decided to go with the 1-week trial & then try the pump. I'm hoping it works as well. I am in high spirits about it & looking forward to better things. Look for the link & if there are any questions I'd advise adding a reply which will put that old post back to the top of the list. There is really a lot of great info in there from a member who has the pump. Believe me, I asked a lot of questions. Keep us posted!
RX's: Oxycontin 80 MG 2x's daily; Dilaudid 8 MG 4xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100 MG 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25 MG (as needed); Amitriptyline 25 MG 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
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   Posted 12/17/2008 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Denkat I have a pump. If you can't find the old posts ask me questions, I will do my best to answer them. Susie

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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 174
   Posted 12/22/2008 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello H.W.,

Hope everyone is doing the best for pain free time, Anyway my doctors are kind of interested in giong with a pain pump for me again as well. I have had at least 15 surgerys and procedures just like everyone here with really no good results and am very nervous about this pain pump. I know alot of posts that come here are positive, but there are some with infections alot higher than say, the spinal cord electrical device with the wires. I forget the name for them. Anyway I would be interested if anyone wanted to say a few words how thier experience went with the pain pump and how long and so forth..

          Hope Everyone Has A Pain Free Day

                                  Kind Regards,

                                         Mike confused

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   Posted 12/23/2008 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Mike I think I have posted to you before about the pump. Please go back and look at the old posts on pumps that was posted not long ago. I have a pump and I posted alot of info & answered some peeps questions. If you can't find what you need in those posts let me knoe. I will be glad to answer any questions you have if I can. I don't mind one bit. I am pretty much up on your situation and know you are in need of some dire relief.
Mike, you have to go thru a trial before permanent placement of a pump. It may be well worth your time to undergo a trial. I know alot about your medical condition and quite honestly, the medical profession has not come up with any real good and effective care for people with your problem, sad but true. The pump may be your best form of relief, its worth a try, but then thats your decision.
I have the personality that I will try pretty much anything if it has a chance of helping me with any of my medical conditions. I have 3 auto-immune diseases in addition to chronic pain. Some of my medications have the potential of causing anything from cancer to death. But, I think it all depends on how sick the person is, and how far they are willing to go to get help or relief. I don't want to spend my life sick in a bed or feel so bad I may bring harm to myself. That is not fair to me or my family, that is why I go the extra mile and will do anything to get help. You must keep in mind because something happened to someone else that is no indication it will happen to you.
Let me know if you need help. Hugs Susie

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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 174
   Posted 12/24/2008 3:01 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks Susie,

I will do that, I'm sure I can get alot of info doing this than you repeating yorself probably 100 times........

Have you heard of ketemine coma's??? 

or hyperbaric oxygen tanks????

How is the weather like in Texas? I was there once on buisiness and had some of the best steaks with all these different kinds of butter and spicy everything, it was fantastic. Now adays I just watch the old westerns and wounder if it was ever really like that!!!!!!


                         Thanks Susie

             Have a great Pain Free Holiday!!

                Kind Regards,


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