Hi All -
I am the recent recipient of a Medtronic Pain Pump implant. I had the permanent implant done just over two weeks ago. I've been healing well, except for this persistent vomiting.
Just to give you a little background, I've been vomiting randomly for about the last few months. It's not every day, but just about every other day or every couple of days. I haven't gone a week since July without throwing up. Being someone who HATES puking this has been hell! Initially I was on Lyrica, which I thought was the culprit, so we cut that out. Then I was still on Fentenayl, which I then decided was the problem, but because of my back I couldn't stop taking it until my implant. Well, now I've been off of Fentenayl for going on three weeks, and I'm still vomiting and experiencing nausea.
The vomiting usually is just after I eat, I'll feel sick then go throw up and feel better. There has been two times where I couldn't get the vomiting under control (couldn't keep down water) and ended up in the hospital. I've seen both my PCP and PM doctor and told them about the issue. They have Rx me both Zofran and Fenergren, neither of which help (I'll take them and wait for them to work, but ultimately will still throw up). My appetite in general is probably about 1/4 of what it was previously, and I've lost about 20 pounds now. Being that I only started at about 130lbs, I didn't really have the 20lbs to lose. I've tried changing my diet up and sticking to simple carbs (crackers, pretzels, etc) and fruit, but I still feel sick to my stomach.
Recently they turned up my pump for the first time and I got extremely ill and thought it was that, but I've gotten sick again since they turned it back down (and now it's too low to help my back pain as well - this SUCKS! I do have Percocet for breakthrough pain which I take, but the whole point of the pump was to not have to take such strong narcotics orally)
I really don't want to go back to the doctor, because I'm not sure what they could figure out. It's such a random thing that doesn't seemed to be tied to anything....
Sorry to ramble and rant - I'm just so sick (literally) and tired (also literally) of being so darn sick. As if the back issues weren't enough now this? I just want to be back to functional and I am so not there.
Any advice would be so appreciated!