Be careful. I had a Medtronic Infusion Pump installed in May 2004 and I have been on a ride. I have had 3 surgeries because of the catheter. In 2006 I had a granuloma and mass removed. Prior to surgery I complaint to my doctor for about 6 months with the symptoms of problems - constipation, pain in the area of the catheter and plainly not feeling well at all. In 2007 the catheter was found to be stuck for I was feeling it. Now 2009 the catheter has separated where it enters the spinal canal. After taking a recent CT scan I learned a catheter in stuck in spine. At present my pump isn't working. The morphine is dumping in my muscles. I am expericing the worst pain in the middle of my back right below the shoulder blades.
I confront my head pain management doctor yesterday, he advised me it was there and it would require major surgery to remove it. I am mad for no one told me that before. Here I was thinking it just happen. I am so sick of this pump. What more do I have to go through.
When I called Metronics they advised me, that some people bodies and bone structure isn't a fit for their pump. Why can't they advise the public that when they are trying to make a decision. Their point is the doctor should tell you. Come on, I personally know that isn't working. So what do I do? My options are leaving things the way they are, take out the equipment or fit the catheter. What options. Because of the granuloma it had me in a wheel chair and now on a cane. My right side is weak. I have been in therapy for over 3 years just to get back on my feet.
I am only 54 years old and my spirit tells me to read the handwritting on the wall. I am going to take PT again to help with the back pain, I am going to cut back on pain meds and see if I can do without to have the pump permantely removed.