Hi I just wanted to pop in & leave a comment since I noticed you were asking about
the pain pump. Let me give you a little background first- I always had tenderness in my back as a teen it became aggrevating I would say..... I always chucked it up to high school cheerleading, you know & several other activities- go go go. When I was about
20 it became annoying & decided to see a chiropractor- pfft! I was twisted into positions that I didn't think humans could do! Well then I moved to Atlanta & was bartending & working my pa tooty off. It looks fun, but man there is a lot of work to it....then the pain was blinding. I went to a dr there & he basically accussed me of drug shopping. I was soooo angry. I told him I wanted results & fix it... my boyfriend (now hubby) was irate! He did prescribe me percocets but it did nothing for me. So I went to another chiropractor- she came in the bar a lot so I though ok, one more try. yeah that was a big PFFT! Well my parents convinced me to come to Tampa & work for them. I didn't want to leave the bar but my parents knew I was having problems doing the simpliest things. I had a great boyfriend up there & we had been together for maybe a year or less & I loved him.... but I hated asking him to come to my place & help with my chores. (To cut that story short he is now with me & obviously we are married!!! yeah!) So I decided down here no chiros, so I went to an accupuncturist. Which was interesting- kind of like a very very light lidocaine feeling- never lasted more than 2 hours- finally I decided to get a real dr. I was referred on to a pain clinic & I had all these tests done & I literally cried when it was something legit. Just all that negativity from the first dr messed with me. Now I tried everything on the drug list I was on 80mg oxycontin 2x a day, dilaudid 8mg 5x, zanaflex 4mg 3x (muscle relaxer) & lyrica 100 mg 4x a day. There are a lot of drugs mixed in- ooh they may be listed on my signature but I am going to remove them.... Anyway we talked about
a pain pump for a few months & honestly it was because someone on here had such a good experience I though- well, no damage with a week trial? I don't know what your dr does but mine made me come in every day (mon-fri) & they would up it every day.... the first 3 days I though crap! This will never work.... day 4 changed my mind totally. (and by the way there are no withdrawls, or at least I didn't have any, going cold off oxycontin- of course ask your dr if you should!!) I had the pumped installed. I'm gonna go with my cons 1st: It really does take a while to get to a comfortable level- they can only push so mush at a time, I NEVER have relief from morphine- but my dr said it was 500xs the normal strength of regular morphine. I am still bumping up, but only because I have had more damage than I did 2 years ago (installation date). The worst con is some drs- especially er drs- do not like you are on a pain pump & if you are in a situation where you need pain meds (mine was IV) I had a terrible time convincing her I don't feel the effects of the morphine. She called me a liar to my face- oh yeah. I was admitted by my regular dr, & thank God he believes in controlling pain- but I had a nurse have the audacity of telling me I need to fight the pain meds & try yoga.....?? really? REALLY??? I can't barely move around my own home without dragging a leg or pinched back or neck. lol. Mr dr said they just don't get a lot of pain patients to be patient with them. OK the Pros: 1) There is such a thing as a bolus shot- you can go to your dr anytime (they can get you in, of course) if the pain is so bad the can activate a remote to send an extra shot of (whatever drug you get- & to comment on the drug info there are a lot of drugs that can be fused together in the pump, for example I have a combo of morphine & clonidine~thats for migranes- hey another pro!) anyway they shot can be a great friend on your really bad days. I think about
everyone on here has gone through the ER with back pain & recieved the lecture. 2) I hate to say this but I had a major constipation problem.... gone!! 3) There is no "fuzzy" feeling. 4) CVS actually LOST my oxycontin script
once I had 3 days withdrawls & they are AWFUL.... the pump can tecnically last a few more months than they say, so no withdrawls.... yipee!! So I am a fan of it. I have a Medtronic as well. I actually had to memorize the whole procedure & pass a psychological exam. There was a rep from Medtronic who was there- she introduced herself & again had to repeat the procedure.
Now I do need to comment I still take the same Dilaudud dosage for pain. I'm not at a level yet where I am comfortable but I will get there. I also have fibromyalgia & multiple injured discs, one sitting on my spinal cord in my neck- & I'm gonna have to have surgery on it- its really bad. And my lower back & hip are a mess too. I refuse to have the lower back surgery because its just a heavy risk of making it worse- from the drs mouth. So you will more than likely still have breakthrough (bt meds for short) meds at least until your injured area can live off the pump. I know this was very very long & never intended to leave this long of a message but I just thought I would chime in. I hope maybe this is helpful & feel free to ask me any questions.... oh! And Medtronics website has the procedure on their website. Check it out- I think its just medtronics.com Alright, hope you feel better & this helps you some!! -Shannon