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Re: Morphine pumps are not for everyone, especially me!

Re: Morphine pumps are not for everyone, especially me!

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Posted by John Honsaker on September 10, 2000 at 06:36:16:

In Reply to: Morphine pumps are not for everyone, especially me! posted by John V on September 09, 2000 at 16:47:20:

: Hi, all.

: I just want everyone to know that I had a morphine pump implanted back in October(?) of 1999. Although the dose was continually raised since I had it implanted, it never gave me anywhere near the pain relief I expected or hoped for. I had gotten ashigh as 30 mgs. a day of morphine being pumped into my spinal canal and the pain relief, for me, was almost nil. Just two weeks ago, all the morphine was removed from the pump and was replaced with saline. I was put back on oral methadone. There is no question in my mind that the oral methadone gives 100 times the relief that the morphine pump gave.
: Now I am going to have one more operation to have the pump removed. This will make sevem times I have gone under the knife. I really think, and hope, it is my last time.
: I was on oral methadone for about 2-3 years before I tried the morphine pump. I am convinced that the methadone has done something to my pain receptors that makes morphine virtually useless to me. That is my opinion. The doctor says she isn'ttotally sure, but that could be thereason the pump didn't work.
: If anyone is considering going to havea pump implanted, just remember what happened to me. I am sure the pump does work for some people, but it is a really expensive way to go unless you are absolutely sure it will work.

: Take care and be as pain-free as possible,
: John V

Thanks for the news on the pump John, it’s a shame it didn’t work out. Awful lot of money down the drain. I am sure that isn’t your main concern, any amount of money would be worth it if it could stop the pain. It seems all I hear about the pump are failure’s. It seems that after a few months everyone on the pump has to start taking oral pain relievers, leaving me to wonder "why have the pump".
It has to be depressing for you to get your hopes up and then get ‘knocked down’ .
We all appreciate your inputs to this forum. Hang in there.
Good luck and God bless
John H

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