First, I’ve been thinking about talking to my doctor about a pain pump and was just curious about any info anyone could share.
I’m currently taking Vicodin 10mg 4x a day but it is not properly managing my pain. Before the Vicodin I was taking Dilaudid 2 mg 3-4x a day in early 2018, but my PM wanted me to try decreasing my meds down to the Vicodin. He put me on 5mg 3 times a day but that has gradually increased to the 10mg dose I mentioned at the outset.
My quality of life is greatly impacted by my pain. I work PT (10-12 hrs a week) but that’s about all I feel up to doing. I’m fused at L5-S1 (2013) and bulging at L4 and L3 but I find the majority of my pain is in my SI joint. And I’ve tried shots and RFAs. The first 2 RFAs worked beautifully for a year each but I’m not getting relief from the last one I had done (March 2019).
I want a better quality of life. I’m only 45. My main reason for leaning towards the pump is that I’d like a pain management approach where I wasn’t always thinking “when can I take my next pill? How many have I taken today?, etc. I’d also like to wake up in the morning w/out severe pain and aching in my SI joint.
(Q2) But having said all that, I’m also wondering if it wouldn’t just be better to go back to the Dilaudid. I had stayed at that dose without increasing for 2 years.