hello everyone. hope you all are doing as well as can be these days.. i haven't been on
in quite awhile so i thought i would stop by and say hello.
i also have a question and am hopeful i might find an answer.
not sure if anyone recalls but back in 2013ish, i had a medtronic pain pump inplanted
after around 8-9 years of chronic back pain.
since nov. of 2004 i injured my lower back at work and after countless mri's and ct's,
many sessions of physical therapy i had my first of four back surgeries.
aug. and oct 2005 two laminectomies respectively and 2007 and 2010 two fusions.
all of these were L-4/L-5-S1. well things were good for a couple years and then the pain
just kept getting worse and worse until i was recommended to see a pain management
specialist and the fact that i was a good candidate for the pain pump. ok i was game to try
it out so after a series of tests and talking to a psychiatrist about
the mental part of having
a foreign object implanted in me. well i passed all the testing and was set for the operation. t
that went well and after about
a month or so got the pump set at a great level. no pain and things were going
good for quite awhile. pain started slowly creepying back so i was put back on some oral meds again.
now i have morphine in the pump and i also take 30mg er morphine x's 2 daily plus percocet
10/325 x's 1daily so back to doing good without the pain.
now for the bad news, found out not long ago that my pain docs. will no longer accept my insurance
(medicare/medicaide) and i will have to pay 100% on the pump medicine. well cant afford that and my last appt. is this coming thursday. i called my surgeon today and made an appt. to see about
i'm sorry this is so long but i'm wondering if when the pump med runs out will i start having
withdrawals or would the oral meds help prevent that?? i'm alittle scared about
what lies in my near future and maybe somebody might be able to shed some light.
again sorry so long and look forward to hearing from ya. thank you in advance for any info.