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fusion77 02-20-2007 08:26 PM

pain pump or spine nerve block stimulator????????????
hello again

im 29 years old and was in the best shape of my life at 27, i ran track played sports and never had any type of health issues. unfortunetly i picked up smoking when i was 18 but i still could run the mile in under 5 minutes with a smoke haggin out my mouth.... its a nasty habitt but im just tryin to prove a point.. im now 29 and i feel like i am 100 years old i can do what i did its real depressing. well heres my question my spine is getting worse and i dont want anymore surgery, i mean when does it stop, is my whole spine gonna be fussed.????
im glad i did the first fusion as i am in less pain but non the less i am still in pain without my meds..

i have been wondering if anyone knows anything about the internal pain pumps or the internal stimulator that blocks the pain..

i wake up in severe pain everyday. and some days its worse and i find myself taking one extra pill and then if i fall short on my meds i have to deal with the severe pain. i actually have hid on the job to laydown do to the pain and uncomfortness without meds. with meds its dealable but sometimes severe depending...

i cant do this anymore im at the end of my rope it is very frustrating. ive tried to look up these pumps and stimulators and the people who i saw on the videos say they wake up pain free and live a active healthy life...
i have 3 young children that dont get alot of attention from me all the time due to me feeling like crap and i hate that it beets me up.... I WANT MY LIFE BACK NO MORE PAINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN.... am i a candidate???????????????????? any info on this would be greatly appreciated...

SKZ 02-21-2007 08:16 AM

Re: pain pump or spine nerve block stimulator????????????
Do you go to a pain management Dr? I have a friend who goes to one (I did before the surgery) and he has one of those pump implants and likes it. I really hope you go to a pain Dr.

poor_Stacey 03-09-2007 02:03 PM

Re: pain pump or spine nerve block stimulator????????????
Hi There,
First, QUIT SMOKING!!! I used to be a Yoga Instructor who smoked! Isn't that AWFUL! So, I know it is possible to do stuff with smoking, but who cares, it is going to catch up and kill you one of these days, and you won't have to worry about your back!
Lecture over :D I hear ex-smokers are the worse!
I had a Morphine Pain pump implanted on Dec. 4, 2006. SO it is over 3 months old now. It is the BEST things I ever did. I too have little kids. Before the surgery I was taking 240 mg. of Oxycontin a day, 80mg's 3x's a day. Plus I took 200 mg. Norco a day with it. Plus I laid down all day because all of that medication did not begin to touch the pain I was in! Plus I was like a crazy woman. I was irriatable, tired, sluggish, confused, and not a great Wife or Mother.
I had a fusion at L5S1, unlike yours, mine did not help, just cause more pain. It took me two years of this pain, and trying every other post surgery I could try before getting this pump, but I wished I would have got it sooner. It is truly the best thing ever.
It took them awhile to get the programming correct, like 6 office visits! Plus, besides Morphine, I have baclofen and clondine in it too.
But NO MORE ORAL MEDS!!! And I can wear high heel shoes and I feel like a new woman.
Hope this helps some.


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