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   Posted 11/7/2011 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone,

I can't wait for tomorrow morning! I am going to the hospital for the Drug Pump Trial. I'll have a 30 minutes surgery where my doctor will insert an external catheter into my spinal column for delivering the drugs directly to my spinal fluid/brain. Then I'll be admitted to the hospital where they will monitor me and see if any of the medicine used in a pump can help control my pain. If it works then on November 28 or 29 I will have the permanent pump implanted in me.

I'll let you know how it's going and what the results are for me. I'm just keeping a positive outlook and praying it helps me.

Take care everyone!

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   Posted 11/8/2011 12:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck and I will say prayers for you for an easy surgery and a great outcome.

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   Posted 11/8/2011 3:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck Charles!

I'm sorry I wasn't around earlier - I've hurt my back on top of my regular CP problems and very limited with how long I can spend at the computer or else I'd have posted on your other thread.

I've had an intrathecal baclofen pump for just over three years - this was primarily to help control my contractures and spasms caused by dystonia - so it does give pain relief but in a secondary way. I've also got bupivacaine to help with pain relief. My trial went smoothly - it took a few bolus shots to start getting an effect, just because I needed quite a high dose of drug to see an effect, but once my doctor found that dose the relief was incredible.

My surgery was quite easy too, though I did have a little bit of nerve impingement when the permanent catheter was implanted. It didn't cause extra pain but I did have altered sensation and still have some proprioceptive deficits in that foot and leg.

All the best with your trial - please let us know how you get on!

CRPS since 1999, diagnosed in 2005 and since spread to full body, spasms, dystonia & contractures, gastroparesis, orthostatic hypotension,bradycardia/tachycardia, bone spurs, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoporosis, osteopenia.

On Oxycontin/Endone, Topamax, Mobic, Magnesium, Florinef, Midodrine, Somac, Cipramil. Have SCS, intrathecal pump with baclofen & bupivacaine and doing physio

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   Posted 11/8/2011 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Many well wishes to you and I hope it works great for you.
Keep us posted as we do care....All the best on this trial...
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   Posted 11/8/2011 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck Charles, I hope today is a good one and the trial is a success. Keep us posted.
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   Posted 11/8/2011 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, just a word to say good luck to you, I hope everything turns out well for you.
Good Luck, take care
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