Hello Nursem97 and welcome to Healing Well's chronic pain forum. I read your post to Shadowforest and wanted to start a post for you to welcome you aboard.
I see that you now have a pain pump implanted and that was 4 weeks ago. Glad to hear that you do have some pain reduction since getting the pump. I was sorry to read that your drs at the teaching hospital do not give pump patients BT meds, thats just flat wrong. Although you have a pump you still have pain just like before only a little less. I would keep asking them for BT meds and if you can find some info on the net about
this I would sure take it to those drs or whoever it is that you see. By being seen at the teaching hospital you do not see the same dr at every visit but there has to be someone that over see's the students and I would insist on seeing him. There is a saying which is quite true on pump patients. Your dr can either make your pump a success or a failure.
Do you know what medications are being used in your pump and the strength of these meds? What is the dosage you are receiving in 24 hours? Sorry, I know I am asking a lot of questions. I too have a pump and mine was implanted in 2005 so I have had mine awhile. The dr that recommended I get a pump had no clue on pumps, although he sure acted like he did. He had no clue about
pumps or the medications used in them. That resulted in 45 of us being extremely under treated as patients and our pain was extremely under treated too. He decided to go back to being an anesthesiologist which was a blessing for us. He did refer us to a dr that had over a decade of experience in pumps and she made a world of difference for the 45 of us that were not doing well at all. Both drs did give BT meds, its a must with a pump.
Anyway, I wanted to start this post for you so others will see it. When you post on someone elses thread many of the members do not see it and they can't give you a proper hello and welcome aboard. Take care.
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Post Edited (straydog) : 7/27/2011 10:54:53 AM (GMT-6)