Need help in deciding to have Medtronic Pain Pump implanted

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rjbeck
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   Posted 3/31/2012 4:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I am seriously thinking about having a pain pump implanted.My main reason is that the medication I am taking is causing severe GERD.I have a hiatal hernia because of the med's. My doctor won't confirm that but I know what has been happening since I've been taken the pain med's. I also take Prilosec twice daily. I've spoken with my CP doc and he said it's up to me, The procedure is not done at the office I am going to so they told me they would give me a referral. I've looked thru Dr.Google and can't find the answers I am looking for.. I am just wondering what medication is used and can it be changed once it's implanted can I take medication by mouth for break thru pain..
Anybody that has any real life experience would be greatly appreciated..Thanks Alot Randy

AVASCULAR-NECROSIS (AVN) in 6 joints. HIPS,KNEE'S and SHOULDERS-Replaced RT shoulder.Left hip 2011
Bilateral Empyema-Thoracotomy with Decordication.(Removed the Lining of left lung)Bilat Pneumothorax (2005-2008)
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straydog
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   Posted 3/31/2012 6:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Randy, I have a pump and have 4 different medications in it to control my pain. There are a lot of different medications that can be used in a pump, but not just any drug can be used in them either. Some drs use nothing but Morphine in them, I cannot tolerate Morphine. I believe that our mod, Laura has Baclofen & Bupivicaine in her pump, which is widely used for spasticity. The pump does not completely take away the pain and having meds for BT pain is a must with a pump. In the event you do get a pump be sure who ever the dr is that will be taking care of the meds in the pump agrees with BT meds, not all pump dr believe this and it is a must. I have had two pump drs and they agree the pump does not take away all the pain therefore BT meds are a must.

It is easy to change meds in the pumps, its like when having a refill, a syringe is used to take out the old medication and then switched to the one with the new medication in it. My meds are changed every 4 weeks as my dr says the medication tends to lose its effect sitting in the pump.The first pump dr did not do this and I can tell a big difference having it changed every month.

When my pump was implanted I had an incision in my back and one on the stomach. They put the catheter in at the back and feed it around to the front where the pump is situated. It is a major surgery, my PM dr down played this surgery to it being nothing and he was far from wrong. It took me a good 6 weeks to get back up on my feet. I have had a lot of surgeries in the past and this was not one of the easy ones as he said it would be.

I have a Medtronics pump and if you will go to Medtronics.com you can read about the pumps. They have a user friendly website and with excellent information about pumps and the types of medical problems pumps are recommended for. If you have any other questions I will be glad to answer them if I can.

Take care....Susie
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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 3/31/2012 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
…..here is the link to Medtronic's website!

www.medtronic.com/patients/chronic-pain/getting-a-device/index.htm

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NiNi53
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   Posted 3/31/2012 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I have to agree with Stray on this as I dont have one and wish I did.  I opted for the neuro stim and that  has been a disaster.  Also SE site will be very informative for you.
 
Good luck, let us know how you do if you choose the pump, or even if you dont,
Take care,
Kathy

rjbeck
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   Posted 4/1/2012 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone,
I am calling first thing Monday morn. My CP doc has given me the go ahead to get the pump and will give me the referral to UNC pain management that takes care of the Medtronic pumps... I guess I am lucky to have all of these things going on that my group of doc's all agree on treating my pain with what ever is available.. I will let you guy's know what happens and my experience or ordeal I have to go thru to have the pump implanted.
Thanks again Randy
AVASCULAR-NECROSIS (AVN) in 6 joints. HIPS,KNEE'S and SHOULDERS-Replaced RT shoulder.Left hip 2011
Bilateral Empyema-Thoracotomy with Decordication.(Removed the Lining of left lung)Bilat Pneumothorax (2005-2008)
COPD.
Hiatal Hernia-needs repair-Severe GERD
MED'S-methadone 45mg's Bid---oxycodone 30mg's Bid--nucynta 100mg-Prn
Former Respiratory Therapist/Perfusionist

CRPSpatient
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   Posted 4/1/2012 3:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Randy - like Stray said, I have a pump but mine is mainly for spasticity.

I have to say that my experience was the complete opposite to hers though - I was up and about within 2 days, surgical pain-wise I was almost back to normal within a week. My only problem was residual numbness through my groin and down my left leg - nobody ever worked out the cause, but it did wear off after a few weeks.

I do have some discomfort now with the pump itself - I have a 40mL pump, which is very large. Because I'm slim, it shows very clearly - it's probably 3" across and a good 1" thick.

All the best with the process.

Laura
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