By chance the pump you replaced was it the one on recall for the gear problem? My pump is on that recall but I elected to leave it alone since it was functioning properly. I really did not feel it was necessary at that time. I had already had six surgeries in three years and I needed a break from the surgery scene.
I think I got confused here, lol. Are you thinking you had a granuloma with your first pump and the dr never confirmed it or what? What test did he do?
I spoke with Medtronic about the recall several times and the one thing that really irked me if a person elected to have the pump taken out and a new one put in, the unit had to be sent to Medtronic. They would have their team take a look at the pump and determine if the it was defective or not. If it was defective Medtronic would contribute $1,000 towards any out of pocket expense a patient may have. I thought to myself I just wonder how many units they found defective too.
I know that it is a real problem getting another dr to take one of us as a patient. I don't know about you but my dr never bothered to tell me that little bit of info before having the pump put in. I found that out in the fall of 08 when he decided to quit pain mgt and go back into anesthesiology. He did get a dr to take 45 of his pump patients and she is totally awesome. She knows the pumps like the back of her hand and has a lot of experience with pumps and compounding the medications for them. All of us really lucked out getting her, because our dr did not know beans about a pump. None of had any quality of life and we were in terrible shape because of his lack of education and knowledge.
All I can say is don't give up your quest for a new dr just keep looking. It is so wrong how controlled we are by having these things, it is really unfair. Take care.
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.