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Do you have a pain pump?

Started by backhurtsinthisarea on 10/16/2010 5:47pm

I am wondering what you think about your pain pump.
Are you able to do more activities now that you have it.
Is there BT pain for you?
What can't you do because you now have it.

I thought I would be able to be more active in sports etc. but I guess you have to treat it like you would an SCS and you can't really do physical things.

Any help would be appreciated.

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I don't have a Pain Pump but I would like to know more about them so please someone who has one tell us about it.
Thanks

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OK! I don't PERSONALLY have one- although it's been suggested by my Pain Mngmnt. Dr. about, oh, 14 times now, BUT- I used to train horses for a woman that DID have one to help control the pain in her Lumbar Region due to a horrible Plane crash and the resulting Herrington Rods on either side of her Spine. She still rode (she was NOT supposed to- a rod could slip, etc.. leaving her paralyzed (sp-I KNOW:( ) She still showed her horses....IN DRESSAGE, no less!!!! She did ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING that she wanted to, and LOVE IT!!!!! Hope that helps a LITTLE!!! Good luck, and enjoy all life hAS TO OFFER!!! even WHEN IT DOESN'T seem TO BE OFFERING IT TO you!!! :) Becky

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i have an appointment next week to discuss pain pump. i am stuck on my back all the time because of major leg and butt pain. i saw one pm dr who said the complications are too risky. i have had 7 surgeries and a SCS. i am desperate for help. will keep you posted with info....pete

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I do not have a Pain Pump but have asked about them. My Neurosugeon stated they are great for Cancer Patients or short term but in long term use as for Chronic Back Painthey can develope a granular condition at the end of the tube which can cause it to plug up and stop working. If you can stand it you could go for a TENS unit which is an Electrical Impilse to the Nerves and stops the Pain. Personally I do not like to change batteries in a Flashlight and do not feel comfortable with the thought of constantly being ZAPPED.

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I have had I don't know how many surgerys, epidurals, Nerves burned away. 4 fusions in my neck in 2 different surgerys, 2 fusions in my lower back from the front and back, and had a deer broadside me on my harley 6 months ago, Luckily I didn't go down at 50 MPH but he messed up my left leg with torn tendons in the knee and ankle which I still havent had fixed. All in the last 3 1/2 yrs. I finally opted for the Pain Pump and it is making all the difference in the world for me. Its not adjusted all the way where it needs to be yet though, They have to move it up slowly, The Surgery only takes about 30-45 min, The recovery at home the first week was the only problem, You loose some spinal fluid in the procedure ( common ) so you get really intense headaches when your upright, as soon as you lay down they dissappear, Those are almost gone as everytime they adjust the dose on the pump the low pressure gets better, Its a God send for me even though its not where it needs to be yet, As far as the stimulator, I have some friends who opted for one of those and it made them " Itch like Crazy" and they have all had them taken out. The stimulator didnt really help the pain. Everytime they adjust the pump the less narcotics I have to take, Hope that helps
It really was a God send for me, doing more now than in yrs, But its periodic, they still have a little ways to go on the adjustment but it is getting there.
I can still ride my bike, and really I think the only thing is being careful about twisting, bumping the pump itself and be careful where the connector is in your back.
I do feel like I am finally getting my life back.

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By the way the Dr. in Houston who did the Surgery has put these in Prominent Judges, Lawyers, Emergency room Dr.s here in Houston. He has a lot of patients who have had these for almost 20 yr.s. and they are doing fine. I only had 2 incisions. One in front and one center of the lower back for the Catheter insertion into the Spinal Cord. Those have healed fine. The Dr. who put it in is a Prominent Nuerosurgeon in Houston at Methodist Hospital in the Medical Center. He had no problem with promoting a pump for Chronic Pain.

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