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Chronic Pain, Intrathecal Pumps, Methadone, and BoTox

Chronic Pain, Intrathecal Pumps, Methadone, and BoTox

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Posted by Happimd-2000 on December 06, 2000 at 16:48:33:

My husband is a chronic pain patient who has DDD. He has been fused from C3-C7 and also from L3-S1. During the past 20 years or so, he has been on MS Contin, Levodromoran, Lortab 7.5, Percocet, and Methodone. He has had an intrathecal pump implanted with the catheter going up to the C7-T1 space. At the beginning, they filled the pump with Morphine and Tetracaine. This did not alleviate the pain. They changed the pump to Dilaudid and Marcaine. Since this didn't help, they added MS Contin for breakthrough pain. This still didn't work. Instead, my husband began having swelling (edema in both legs) which necessitated the use of Lasix. He also began sleepwalking and falling down. We eventually had the pump removed and changed physicians. He is now on 160mg of Methadone, Percocet for breakthrough pain, and Ultram. He is still in constant pain. He has peripheral vascular disease from the edema in his legs and now has to be careful about any injuries to his legs since he will end up with cellulitis and have to go on IV antibiotics to clear this up. If any one out there has any suggestions for him, please let me know. He doesn't sleep (although he does take sleeping pills). The pain causes severe nausea (he takes medicine or cola syrup for this). It's just a horrible battle.


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