Those of you who have intrathecal pain pumps:
There is very little literature on the specific side effects of different medications used in intrathecal (IT) pain pumps. It can be very expensive to switch pump medications. I have had the Medtronic pain pump for a couple of months now; it is currently filled with morphine. I have had excessive sweating
that is not related to the temperature, and sometimes it is a cold (shiver) sweat. The Medtronic tech only told my doc that it is "theoretically possible" that the morphine causes the sweating, as opiods in general do tend to result in that side effect. I've had a ton of tests done by my internist and there is no other reason for the sweating. It is very embarrassing and is limiting my social life. As soon as I take a shower, wash my hair, and blow dry, I'm ready for another shower
My doc is recommending that the pump be drained and that I try fentanyl. I am scheduled to discuss switching in two days. Anyone else have this problem and did switching meds help?
Also, for those of you with the Medtronic pump, did you know that some of the pumps cannot use some medictions due to findings that resulted in previous bulletins/recall cautions????
It would be nice to take a poll to see what side effects are being experienced with what medications. Please write in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!