Posted 7/4/2015 9:22 PM (GMT -7)
Hi ed3052 just a little over a year ago I was on oral pain meds and had been on them for many many years for my back. I moved to a state where it is difficult to be treated with oral pain medications so I opted for going with the implanted pain pump with morphine. There are pros and cons to having pump but as for my self I am glad that I got it and only wish I had gotten years earlier!
I had to go be weaned off all my pain meds before getting the pump, not everyone has to do this, but this was the policy of the pain center that I was going to. I was weaned off to quickly an to say the least it was a very difficult time for me, not to mention the pain I had to endure during the time before finally getting the pump! (There was problems getting the surgery scheduled and I had to raise a little cain with the hospital patient advocate to finally get it arranged! So I was not having my pain treated at all for several weeks!) But when they finally did the surgery and put the pump in, it was filled immediately and running and I got immediate relief. Since then I go and get my pump refilled every six months! I also have the Medtronic's pain pump and I have the PTM that goes along with it, I can give intermittent bolus doses of morphine for break through pain. Mine is programmed to give a constant infusion and then it has a preprogrammed amount that it will infuse for a bolus when I choose to use the PTM. My doctor has it programmed that I can give myself up to ten bolus's in a 24 hour period. But they cannot be less than two hours apart. If I try to use my PTM sooner than the set two hour period, it will not activate the pump to give the bolus dose and the PTM will tell me how long I have to wait before I can give it.
One thing that should be noted, that the pump infuses the morphine in to the spinal canal, and it will only give relief to the area that is affected by those nerves that are connected to that area of the spine! As an example my pump does great at controlling my lower back and sciatica pain, but does nothing to pain from my cervical spine where I have had three fusions. Also when I had my total right knee replacement this past December I had to be given oral pain medications because the pump did nothing for this pain from the surgery in my knee. So that can definitely be a disadvantage, but with that said there are many advantages to having it, one is that the pain medications is given right at the source of the pain so it takes allot less medication to do the job. Also the relief is immediate and continuous, and I have notice no unwanted side affects as the medication is not distributed throughout the body and does not affect other areas.
Anyway ed3052 there are others here on the forum that have pain pumps and I am sure they will be of immense help to you!
Sorry you have reason to come here but you have found an excellent forum to join! I personally think that the folks on this forum as some of the best you will ever find on the internet! We all understand what it is like to live with chronic pain, and many of us have symptoms similar to your! We may not be able to cure you, but we can certainly listen and give what advice that we may have, and most definitely give you our support! We can not only sympathize with you but even better empathize! We are all here to help and support each other!
Welcome to the forum!