Posted 9/12/2013 5:26 PM (GMT -7)
Hi, Welcome to the HW family. I may can help answer some of your concerns with the pump. I am a new pain pump recipient I must say, and as Straydog stated, it really depend on the doctor that prescribes it and his/her knowledge on the type and dosage of meds that you receive. In the beginning stages of the pump, the doc basically will try you on low meds and then steadily increases it, as he at the same time is decreasing your current prescriptions. The pump is a last resort. I had the trial and then had the permanent one. The trail was great You are in the hospital for 3-4 days with the trail and about 24 hours with the permanent. I also have my Bola remote, whereas depending on your level of pain, you can give yourself a Bola injection up to 4 times a day. I can honestly say that my quality of life has increased greatly. I still have my down days but thats to be expected. The pump is not gonna have you pain free, but it will help you feel some normal level of comfort. I also did not want to pop pills all of my life.
Good luck, feel free to ask any questions. Lynn