First, a little background, then my questions. (Sorry it's a little long)
I had a pain pump put in on Aug 6, 2009. Morphine was the doctors drug of choice when it was put in then, as well as for the trial. It worked like a charm for the trial and for two weeks after it was permanent. My pain level was down to a 3 from 8-9 before. After 9 years of chronic pain in my legs and back I was so excited and had hope that I was finally going to be able to have a life again.
I went to the doctors on a Monday to get an adjustment (two weeks after the pump was put in). The next day the pain started to come back. I gave it a few days to see if it was caused from me walking a little more then maybe I should have. By Thursday I was back to the pain level that I had been before the implant. I got an appointment for Friday. Because it stopped working so suddenly, I wondered if somehow the pump had got turn off or stopped working. At the appointment I learned that the pump was working and they upped the rate. It didn't affect me at all, the pain was still there. (Also, when the med stopped working I had all the symptoms of withdrawls, nausea, shaking, irritable, clammy, sweats, etc. Dr. said since I was still on a low dose of oral Opana that they weren't withdrawls...probably the flu. I just rolled my eyes because it certainly wasn't the flu...I know the difference.)
When I went back the next week they upped it again and made an appointment to do a dye test to see if the catheter was blocked or had become disconnected. It was neither blocked nor disconnected.
Last week they took out the morphine and put in a morphine clonidine mix. It really hasn't helped with the pain. I know they will do some more adjustments and it may take some time for this new mix to work but I am baffled as to why the morphine stopped working as suddenly as it did. The doctor said that I probably had developed a tolerance to it.
Does that make sense to anyone? Has anyone developed a tolerance to a medication that fast?
If that is what he thinks why would he use morphine with something else? Shouldn't we just not use morphine? Why would the morphine work so well for a few weeks and just stop like that?
I had such hope for a better life, getting a job and being social, when I did the trial and for the first two weeks that I had it and now I am just in pain and so down again. Can someone please tell me this is normal and that they will eventually find something that works.
Thank you for reading my long post and I am grateful for any answers, if there are any.
PS...I have been reading here for a long time and this is one of the places where I did my research about the pain pump. You are good people!