Straydog gave you some good info; as she said, there's lots of info here on the pain pump if you search the forum. I've gone through the pain pump trial (it was successful, overall); but have not had it implanted for a variety of reasons... I think I'll *know* when that "right" time is. Anyway, it's a hard thing to decide, I do know that. I agree that working w/ a PM doc that is well versed in pain pumps is the biggest thing and is the key to the pump being a success.
Re: the meds your friend is on - that's similar in strength to what I've been on, and I even been on higher dosages than that... and, yes - a 6 or 7 is about the most relief I get... actually, a 6 is a good day for me.
Those are just my experiences so I thought I'd share. I'd say doing research is the best start, as well as having the right doctor. From there, your friend could possibly have the trial and see what type of relief it offers. Just my thoughts. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask as I've done a TON of research on all this... and there are also a few here with the pumps.
Good luck! --Tina
Main Health Issues: Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibro; Chronic Pain (back issues, migraines, carpal tunnel, among other things); Chronic Hypertension; Hypothyroidism and Hypoadrenalism; Mixed Sleep Apnea (on BiPap); Depression/Anxiety; Vitamin D Deficiency.
MAJOR surprise - Pregnant, w/ twin little girls (after six boys). Due Sept, 2010. Praying they are healthy. YES, you can have chronic pain AND have a successful pregnancy - not easy, but it can be done. :)