The pump is terrible?
I don't know where you're getting your info, but please listen to more than just one or more people who have had a bad experience. I couldn't disagree more about pumps being bad. They are a life saver though.
When I've talked with people who were not happy about their pump, I've looked a bit deeper and these are the main reasons those people have not had the results they wanted. First, they might not have been 100% honest with the test results at the time because they had it already in their minds that they "must" get a pump. Thing is, when you have the test, YOU will be the one who'll know if it works. If you find yourself like me where I had 4 wonderful hours where the pain went away, then the pump will probably work, but there are some people who stretch the truth with the doctor during the test and say they're happy with the ease up in pain, just because they really wanted it so bad in the first place.
Second thing, people go into a morphine pump with the attitude it's going to fix ALL their pain problems. Sorry, but this just isn't the case. It will ease up your pain considerably, and even more it will moderate you pain out better, but I doubt if it can ever totally 100% get rid of all the pain, hence the reason why most of us are on supplimental oral narcotics at the same time. Don't look at a pump as being all or nothing, but instead look at it as being part of your pain management. Even with all the oral meds I'm on plus the pump I still have times each and every day when I really hurt bad, but I do promise you, in my situation it has eased up my suffering so much better than anything else.
Is there risk with a pump? Of course there is, but of course there's risk with walking from the store to your car, but we live with it. Nothing is perfect, but now that I'm on my second pump (battery died after 5 years with my first one), I know what it's like when I don't have it, and I was in misery. Please don't be so fearful, but also don't ask the moon out of just one solution. Listen to the people who really know what they're talking about such as your pain doctor because they'll tell you the real risks and then you can decide for yourself if you can live with it. As far as I was concerned, I couldn't live with the pain I was in before, and even with the 50% reduction, it's so much better, I'm thankful each and every single day. There is no silver bullet, so we've just got to stop asking for it, but there are really expensive but decent solutions that can make life a whole lot more liveable I assure you. Take care, Bob.
After an accident in 1997 crushed the nerves in my pelvis, halfway down the calf and at the fibular head (knee), my left leg slowly started to turn color from the foot up, along with swelling and temp change. Within 2 weeks I was diagnosed with RSD. By 1999 I landed in a wheelchair and started a life taking narcotics all the time. In 2004 I got an Intrathecal morphine pump &5 years ago the RSD spread to my right leg and has done around 80% of the damage it did to my left leg in half the time. 1 1/2 years ago I went septic, and the infection did go body-wide. After 2 days in the hospital I then had a clot in my lungs. Both should have killed me, but this time I got lucky. Meanwhile I've been battling blood clots for the last 4 years. A year ago my left leg was ampuated above the knee after ging septic. Guess that about say's it all. Bob.