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Posted by maria
on February 28, 2000 at 15:29:32:
In Reply to: Medtronic intrathecal pain therapy posted by Emartin on February 18, 2000 at 14:57:39:
: Hi My niece is 32, a diabetic, and had surgery as a teenager to insert Herrington rods to correct a scoliosis. A few years ago and one of the rods became dislodged and before and she eventually had surgery to remove it. However, before and since that date she has had severe pain, scarcely sleeps and needs crutches to get about at all. She has now been offered Medtronic intrathecal pain therapy - an implanted system which releases pain medication. She has the official literature but is keen to hear from people with real-life experience of it. Direct email is fine.
Dr. Whitworth has a response to my question regarding the morphine pump. Look at 2/4/00 date on this website. I have done a lot of research and questioned about 20 people who have these pumps. The length of time they have been on the pump ranges from 3 months to 7 years. I have heard mostly good, great things about this pump. 2 out of the 20 people I talked to did not have good results and really hated the experience with the pump.I am scheduled for a pump in March. My trial period will NOT be in a hospital. I'll be at home and out and about for about a week to see if I get pain relief. Maybe the good or bad results could be the doctor doing the procedure or whateer, I do not know. Make sure you have a good doctor. Maybe you can ask Dr. Whitworth about a good doctor. I am getting a list of people that my doctor has implanted the pump. I have talked to several people in his waiting room and they all like the pump. I will let you know how it goes.
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