Originally Posted by MollyGirlUSA
Medtronic Morphine Pain Pump Problems
I have had pain pump for 7 months and received no relief from back pain, dr. & sales rep. says, "it should be working". It is at maximam dosage and they have tried both morphine and dilaudid.
I am 78 year old female, with osteoporosis, multiple compression fractures in T & L spine, and L - spinal stenosis.
Am I alone?
I had a Medtronic. pain pump some time ago.I had the same problems you seem to be having.
Shoreline hit the nail on the head.
After complaining to my Dr. for some time, he finally got around to injecting dye into the pump and and under flouroscapy, saw it come out the other end of the catheter. Unfortunately,the catheter had become dislodged from my spinal column so the medicine was simply spilling out into the surrounding tissue and muscle.
That was surgery #1.
After another 6-7 months,I told the Dr. I was still having too much pain and was requiring oral meds.
This time,when they injected dye into the pump, it simply leaked out of the pump itself into my belly area, as the catheter had come loose from the pump.
That was the last straw and the next operation was to remove the pump and go back on oral meds.
Though it's not as 'easy' as the pump is 'supposed' to be, at least I knew what I was taking was going into my body as intended.