Dear Squeaky Dog,
Well first off I want to send you a warm welcome! I am sorry for moving you post but I was hoping you would get a more personalized response to your questions and would give us all a chance to welcome you to the community! I do wish I could answer your questions regarding a Pain Pump, but I cannot. I treat my pain with a "mix" of different oral medications. There are many members with pain pumps and they will hopefully stop by to help answer your questions.
The one thing that jumped out was your uncertainty towards the pain pump. And I have to say that no matter what you do regarding your pain, please be sure you are comfortable with both the decisions you make AND your doctor. I know you mentioned a clinic a few hours away.. unfortunately many of us have to drive out to major cities to receive treatment. I had to drive 1.5-2hrs for most of my doctors. The only reason I do not have to drive that far for my spinal care is because the just recently opened up a clinic close to my home (spring). I just cannot stress enough that if you are uncomfortable, in any way with your doctor or the decisions.. seek a second opinion. It is your body, you have to live with the decisions in the end.
It really is very nice to meet you! I think you will fit right in with us! I look forward to knowing you better as time goes by.
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