Re: Morphine Pump
Hi John, I could be the poster boy for pumps. Of course there is risk of ifection and failure, but 50% relief has taken me from pretty much being home bound to working part time again. I've only had 3 surgeries but each fusion got longer and longer so now I have a failed 6 level from L1-S1.
The pump cleared my head and relieved enough pain to loose the weight I needed to loose and exercise daily to strengthen what I lost over the years. I was going to hurt at night whether I sat on the couch or found something I could do aerobically and strengthen my core which supports the failed fusion. The doc can do their part, but you have to do your part to and rebuild what all the surgeries and meds have taken away.
The pump is the most effective way and has the least side effects to manage back pain without a large nerve component, like radiculopothy or sciatica. It may not help leg pain but it can help back pain. 50% relief is different for everyone, It's like comparing a pain score. To some it's the difference between walking and not. To others it means they can play 18 holes of golf instead of 9 and work the next day with the help of pain meds.
The pumps a way not to feel the way you feel from opiates. It's a way to have less side effects and use minuscule amounts compared to orals. It was the difference between looking at a very grey and depressed world to one in full color even though only 50% pain can be relieved because of the mechanical problems with my spine. I walk, I crunch, the pump doesn't fix that, but it allows me to deal with it, tighten my abs and correct my posture when I hurt, thatís if I can't find a place to lay down. I also fake being completely normal much better on a pump with my eyes all the way open.
What do you have to loose doing a trial and getting started iwith the sceening process. Giving up cnntrol and trusting your doc is going to listen and make adjutsments as needed is the most important thing. If a docs not managing things with orals and you know what you need isn't unreasonable, he's proabbly going to have mental limits as far as pump dosing. I've heard of docs that won't go above 2mgs of morphine a day, I would suffer at that dose. So trust your doc and take the decsion seriously but it's a shot at getting some of your life back.
Take care, Dave