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Thanks very much for the info -- I'm hoping someone still sees this even though it's months later! I found it through google groups. Anyway, unfortunately, my pain dr resigned, and the new dr is an anesthesiologist/pain specialist who has said I either have to get the pain pump or find a new pain dr because he will not prescribe medications. My history is I've tried most pain medications -- oxycodone/hydrocodone/vicodin make me throw up, Fentanyl patches were almost useless on the 3rd day and no one would prescrive 2-day instead of 3-day replacement, IV morphine worked but that was replaced with methadone for complicated reasons, my QT interval recently got too high with methadone so the new pain dr has replaced it with oral IR morphine for a month until I "acquiesce" and agree to get the pain pump. He makes me extremely nervous because he knew how reluctant I was in my first appt with him and yet he still had his nurse present me with a surgery consent form at the end of the appt. Fortunately, she said I didn't have to sign it right then.
But honestly I don't really know what to do. This town (State College -- in central PA) only has one pain dr, and my primary care dr has refused to take over my pain medications. Supposedly there's a pain center in Lewisburg, PA (couple of hours from here) that I guess I'll have to check out.
I have different types of pain -- mainly abdominal pain from paralytic ileus. and 2 different types of rectal pain -- one from nerve damage in my back that also made me incontinent and one from diversion colitis. I'm really scared about
this pain pump thing -- it just sounds like too many things can go wrong. Plus I don't know if it will help my pain -- the pain dr and the theory say yes but what about
in practice? Will it help my abdominal pain? I know there's a trial but when I asked the pain dr what happened if the trial was unsuccessful, he said "it won't be" and refused to talk about
alternatives. Doesn't sound like he's going to believe me if I have pain with the pump. No idea how he'll try to control my pain if the pump's inserted. He did say the meds are replaced every few months. If they try different types of medication in the pump, can you get withdrawal symptoms while exchanging one for another, if you've been on the first for a while?
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