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    Old 01-21-2013, 10:02 AM   #1
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    Dilaudid & Bupivacaine

    Hi all. I needed some feedback.

    I have had spine issues for years. I've been thru surgeries (several) to both the cervical/thoracic and lumbar regions.

    As a result of the surgeries I have Harrington Rods in a majority of my back.

    I have severe nerve damage; arthritis; peripheral neuropathy. I am at the point that doctors dont want to touch me any more surgically.

    So I have been living in chronic pain. I have been on a number of medicatios over the years Fentanyl patches; neurontin; oxycodoe; hydrodocone; baclofen to name a few. I have also tried the Spinal Cord Stimulator which I had for several years but eventually removed since it was NOT helping me.

    I went thru the Trial of the Intrathecal Pain Pump and then on 1/11/13 I had the permanent pump implanted. It seems like it is working great for the area where it was implanted. It was placed at T-10 level to help the mid back and low back. It wont help the neck issues. I feel a lot of relief from the pump.

    It is Dilaudid and Bupivacaine. I had the Medtronic Syncrhomed II implanted 40 ml. It gives me 0.48 mL per day. I can give myself a bolus of 0.100 during the day. The max I can give is 1 bolus every 8 hours or 3 times a day maximum.

    I have found that I have lightheadedness ocassionally. It does seem to come and go. Also I was prone years ago to migrains very very mild ones. I would get floaters. But since the implant I have had 2 mild episodes. One time though I felt nauseous. Not knowing if the nausea was from the migraines or something else. It eventually cleared up.

    I was wondering what side effects others have had with the pump. Is it just a matter of getting used to the medications. Its only been 10 days since the implant.

    Just looking for feedback on side effects from the medication and how every deals with it. Thanks for any information.

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