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Trouble finding pain pump surgeon

Started by Lorianne371 on 03/13/2018 1:18pm

My family physician is having trouble finding a pain doctor to put a pain pump in. I live in northWest Ohio. I have had two lower back fusions . After the first one screw came loose. I also have a neck fusion. I have had occipital neuralgia surgery with no success. I also have had several trigger point injections with no help. The last pain doctor I seen told me I have already had everything done. To wait and maybe someday there will be new stuff to help. My family physician does not give out pain meds. I am fairly new to her. My last doctor did but has since retired. All I can do is take lots of ibuprofen and try to get through each day. I am on disability. If anyone know of any pain pump surgeons please let me know.

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Go shopping ! What I mean by that look up every Pain management around you and take your paperwork with you . Goodluck!! Prayers coming your way!!! FYI you should be able get on a Pain medication like morphine or oxcotin help with that nasty pain.

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Hi, Lorianne371--thanks for your post. We recommend checking out our doctor finder tool: https://www.spineuniverse.com/locate/spe... . This link will connect you to qualified spine specialists near you who can help.

We wish you the best!

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Hi Lorianne371 -I am in the Seattle, WA area and I have a Medtronic Interthecal Pain Pump implanted at the right side of my belly right below my waistline. It was a God-send for the permanent neuropathy I was left with after a successful L5/S1 fusion in 2009. The neuropathy is in both posterior thighs. I had had my original pump replaced after 7 years as that is the normal life span of these pumps. Truthfully, the pump gave me my life back as it reduced the pain 60-70%. It was the LAST option I tried.

I think you might do well to contact Medtronic and ask them to send you a list of pain management specialists in your area (most are Anesthesialogists running Pain Management Clinics - at least mine is. I definitely would select an MD that has extensive experience in pump implantation. The procedure is easy same day surgery. My pump is refilled about every 75 days at the clinic and takes about 15 minutes. They refill the pump by injection from the outside. It's just a little "needle stick" and in less then a minute your pump is refilled. Piece of cake.

I wish you the best of luck finding a surgeon in your area to do this for you. Don't give up until you get what you want! I tried the Spinal Cord Stimulator by Medtronic first and it didn't help at all. In fact, I found it irritating.

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One more thing I forgot to mention - the pump is so much better then all those oral meds! I have never felt "high" or woozie with the meds in my pump. The meds are delivered right to the base of my spine. My pump is filled with morphine and bupivicaine (a numbing agent). Good luck!!

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