Hi all! I am looking for some help and guidance about
a issue that I have been struggle with for the last several months. I had a Medtronic Pain Pump for over 2 years now and for the last year and a half (1 1/2 year) it did a really great job treating my lower chronic spinal pain. The medication in the pump consisted of both Morphine and Bupivacaine. This mixture worked Great! But 6 months ago my doctor changed the mixture by adding Clonidine to the mix (Morphine, Bupivacaine, and Clonidine), which for some reason stopped working - managing my lower chronic spinal pain.
To add to the problem, the doctor moved from morphine to hydro-morphone, and now to fentenyal (Fentenyal & Bupivacaine) which has not done anything in the way of helping reduce my spinal pain. I took a genetic-test which said that Fentenyal would be the correct drug to use for me. I have had a couple MRIs one with contrast and they didn't show any leaks, but each time a new medicine is tried, the pump area becomes numb for a day or two and on the last pump adjustment, the skin around the pump was very firm - bloated (which lasted for a day or two).
Has anyone dealt with a problem similar to mine? I don't understand why the addition of Clonidine has stopped my pump from managing my lower chronic spinal pain. Or is their a leak in the tubing that the MRI with dye didn't show. I would like for someone who has experienced what I have, please shed some light on what happened and what can be done to fix the problem.
There was no problem till a drug called Clonidine was mixed with my Morphine and Bupivacaine. One other concern is that the nurse that fills my pump every 3 months told me that she accidently missed my fill-port around the same time that the Clonidine was introduced. But yet a MRI with dye was done to check for any leaks. Yet, not sure what to do at this point. I'm dealing with the pain as best as I can. I would truly appreciate any help/suggestions that anyone could give me on what can be done to resolve my pain pump issues.
I'm on OxyContin 80 mg along with 30 mg of oxycodone for break through pain. These 2 medicine are not doing much in the way of controlling my pain.