I am so glad to see you posting again. When you are not on the forum for awhile I always worry that you are in a bad way and struggling with your health. I sure hope you are getting some good pain relief.
I don't know if you know it or not but my old pain mgt dr closed his practice the middle of November. He did find all of us with pumps a new pump dr here in Ft Worth. The day he told me he was closing I just cried right there in front of him, then I got embarrassed because I am not a cryer. Then when I asked him if the two other pain drs in the clinic if they were taking over his patient load he said no, their own patient load was too heavy. Well, I panicked at that point. Then he went on to tell me it was nearly impossible to get another dr to take an existing pump patient on, I really panicked. He said the new dr only handled pump patients and loved the work and had over a decade of experience in them. Well, I was still just sick over this, reassurances from him or not. He had been my dr for 5 yrs, I trusted him.
I met my new dr for a meet & greet. Wow, did she ever blow me away. OMG she does have the experience a pump patient would need and then some. She is just awesome. She doubled my concentration level of Dilaudid, increased the doseage of it and then reduced the Bupivicanine from 15% to 7.3. She said she never goes over 7.3 because it causes leg problems. That medicine is what goes in epidurals for woman having babies or for having surgery, so that explains why I was getting numbness in my right foot. Duh!! Anyway, she believes in using the pumps to their maximum and the difference she has made in my pain level is incredible. I never thought it would ever be this good. Of course now I have a bug that has bit in the behind and has me miserable.
I sure hope you are doing ok and hope you wil continue to post. You offer us alot of good information and wisdom. Hugs....Susie