I just now saw this post, and only after a member told me about it. Thank You all for thinking about us.
I do know Tina is out of the hospital, but have yet to speak to her, and I'm assuming she is resting and catching up with children and family. My heart and blessings go out to her as always!
It is true that my back pain is getting to a point that I struggle more than I wish to accept. However, I'm not at a 9-10 on the pain scale, but really at a very strong 6 to a solid 7 at the end of my med effectiveness schedule.
My wife and I saw the Dr just this last week, and he gave me a whole hour of quality time with him. I have had two increases in my med's in the last six months, and he again in creased my med's for me. However he feels that I'm a possible candidate for the Pain Pump and is starting the process for me. While the pump sounds like a for sure pain fix…I realize that it can be anything but that for some.
Also, it does not mean that I will be the ideal candidate for this as well, as there are a few test to pass first. I absolutely do not like taking oral med's for pain, especially when they reach the higher levels with little or no relief. The Dr said it can take several weeks and or months to get through the process. The first thing he wants to do, is to see if I'm able to get an MRI. We are unsure if there is any metal that will keep me from that process, but they are contacting the surgeon who did my fusion to see just exactly what material was used.
If that works out good, and the MRI is done, then I believe we will have to check and see if the Ins will cover the cost of the pump (that's a big worry)….and if so then a trial med test with a temporary external pump will will be done. If I pass that, and they find that the med's reduce my pain….I will then have to pass a physiological test…and the pump implant will be scheduled if I pass that. (big worry too)
I really believe my Dr is somewhat jumping the gun here, as I do not believe he has tried all medications. We talked about this, and he is aware of it and said it is not a worry as he believe he can show failure with my current med's. Right now, I'm at 30mg X3 Oxycontin and Perc's 7,5 X3. That may not seem like a lot for a CP patient, however when I go up a dose on the Oxy, we have to remember that my intake is X3….so with each raise is dosage I gain 30mg. So far the raise in dosage has failed to last any length of time.
Thank you all for your concern….I'm not in a great place at the moment and it makes it very difficult for me to work. Family life is pretty much nonexistent as I spend most all of my time in bed. I did make a trip to the local Humane Society with my wife…and for some odd reason we happen to find a puppy we liked. He now is here at home with me, and lays right beside me here in bed. We got very lucky finding such a wonderful dog, and I just love him to pieces!
Also, if any of you are interested, I have made a FB page for CP members only. Please let me know if you wish to join it. It is completely private, and no one can view the content. It is for your use as you seem fit, and so far there are 9 members who have joined. It is wonderful place to share family life and other personal facts of your lives.
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