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Posted by dani on December 04, 2000 at 12:29:30:

In Reply to: interthecal pumps posted by dennis on December 02, 2000 at 23:38:59:

Hi-

I had a doctor recommend to me that I get a medtronic morphine pump implanted. My other two doctors, including my pain doctor, whole-hearteldly disagreed. Because it is a foreign object in the body, they get infected a lot and since it is in the intrathecal space..an infection there would not be a good thing. I think the pumps are used only as a last resort when many different meds have been tried and do not work.

What meds is she on now? Why are they trying to detox her? Does she have a drug problem?

If she is taking an oral med and it is not working, she might want to ask about switching to a duragesic patch, like fentanyl. Different meds work for different people.

Also, if you would like to speak to someone who has had a pump, go to the pain management board and post to either John H. or John V. They'll tell you all about it. I don't think their experience was very successful.

Anyway, good luck.

Dani

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