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Date Joined Apr 2010
Total Posts : 2265
   Posted 2/28/2011 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I guess I should tell you all why I want the information for the pump and let those of you that are newer know what my diagnosis and things are.

My diagnosis are: compression fracture in my thoracic spine where I fell in March 2001 and it didn't heal. I have spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis and bones spurs in my spine, osteoarthritis and bursitis in my left hip, osteoarthritis in my left hip, and I forgot osteoarthrits in both knees in my signature. I'll have to fix that.

I also have a new pain that crept up a few days ago in my left front thigh. I'm trying to figure out if that's sciatica or something else.

So, there's my info.

What i wanted to know about the pump is if anyone has any links about them and those of you that have them, could you tell me about your experience with it. I haven't talked to a dr. about them, I was just thinking about them and wondering if they might help with my pain.

I hope you all are having a pain free night.

love and hugs

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Date Joined Mar 2011
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 3/1/2011 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had my pain pump implant since June last year. I have Neuropathy in both my feet and legs due to nerve damage from a lumbar fusion I had in 1996. Both feet and legs pounded and throbbed with pain. Like so may others, I had to walk on my pain.

I must say that having my pump implant was the very best thing I could have done for myself. I tried the SCS(spinal cord stimulator)but it did not work for me. Some people believe you must try the SCS first before you can have a pain pump implant but that is not true. It's a personal choice that you can make.

I have reached the point or the "magic" dose and no longer need to have increases. It did take 6 months to reach this level. Your Doctor starts you out on a low dose and increases until you reach your "magic" setting.

Pain pumps can have their share of problems. Catheters can split but to me the benefits far outweigh the risks. I ask myself if there was anything that could go wrong that would leave me worse off than I already was....the answer was NO.

I have my life back. Unless I am having a weather related flare up my pain is non-existant. I still take oral pain for BT pain but do not need any most days.

I will be happy to answer any questions anyone may have related to the pain pump. Life is so good now.

Cheers to all

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Date Joined Apr 2010
Total Posts : 2265
   Posted 3/1/2011 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the reply PainPumpLady. It sounds like you made a great decision to have the pump implanted. I don't have the neuropathy, thank God. It's great that you don't have any pain most of the time. Congratulations.

Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
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