Hi TN, Susie is Right! I can't say enough good things about
having this pain pump!!! It has been a real Godsend for me! I really appreciate having the PTM Personal Therapy Management Unit (I think that's what it's called) mine is programmed that I can give myself up to ten bolus doses from pain pump in a 24 hour period. With each bolus dose at least one hour apart. Usually on most days I might give myself 1, 2, or possibly 3 bolus doses in a 24 hour period. But there is allot of days I don't even use the PTM as the regular constant infusion is sufficient in controlling most of my pain! Once in a while if I over due it or I do something I shouldn't and it causes me allot of back pain I use the PTM allot more, and also I'm in my recliner allot more! LOL TN I take no oral pain meds at all since being on the pump! However when I had my Total right Knee Replacement surgery, and my hernia repair surgery, I had to go on short term oral pain meds for a while after those surgeries, but that's it!!
When I first got my pump. (During the first few days after surgery) I ran a fever and had bright red streaks going from my abdomen where the pump was implanted following the embedded catheter around my side and back to my spine. I ended up having to be put on a couse of antibiotics for 10 days. But other than that small glitch , I haven't had any problems with it! I'm on a very small infusion dose, and I only have to get my pump refilled every 6 months, and even then there is still quite a bit of morphine still in the pump, but my doctor and their pain clinic, requires that the pain medication be replaced and not left in the pump any longer than 6 months. I go to the University of Indiana Medical School Pain Clinic in Indianapolis for my pain pump and refills.
TN I hope when you get your pump implanted that you have as much success with it as I have had with mine! Good Luck to You!!!
Moderator Chronic Pain
USAF retired in Sept.1991. I went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, I worked on Oncology and Med Surg, Disabled in late 1999, was approved SSD in early 2002! Diagnosed with: DDD and Multiple herniated Disks; Foraminotomy L3/4/5 Jan 2013; Posterior Articular Joint fusion Nov 2010; C5/6 ACDF Sep 2009; C6/7 ACDF 1985; Implanted pain Pump Jun 2014.
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