I am new here, but not new to intractable pain or spinal surgeries. My PM Doc suggested to me back in December that I should consider an intrathecal pain pump. I have fail back surgery syndrome after 5 spinal surgeries, and an SCS that was installed in June of 08.
I want anyone that has a pain pump to give me some advice... How do you like the pump? Does it give you the same amount of pain relief that PO medications did, or more?
How many times have you gone for adjustments since you had it installed?
How long was the trial period? And how long were you in the hospital after the permanent was installed?
Have you had any issues with the pump itself? I have read that there are some issues with the Medtronics brand pump? Anyone had issues with that brand?
I know I have a lot of questions, but I want to make sure that I am going to make the right decision. I am currently on 80 Mg's of Methadone, 4 Mg's of Dilaudid for BT pain, and Zanaflex for muscle spasms.
I would appreciate any help from all of you. Thanks in advance,