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Information on a "Pain pump"

JohnnyOJJohnnyO Posts: 118
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Chronic Pain
Hey everybody. I have a fusion coming up in about 10 days now. At my pre-op appointment I was told that if the fusion does not help me the next step my surgeon could offer would be a "pain pump." I have not heard much about these, I was told its a device that pumps some kind of medication, usually morphine or dilaudid into an epidural space of the spine I guess. Im not sure how the medication is supposed to work, whether it somehow helps the damaged nerve by being placed directly on it, or if it just has faster access to the brain used that way. Thanks for the info.


  • If you type pain pump into the search box at the top of the page, it will bring up numerous posts on the subject. It is commonly discussed in the pain management forum since it is a pain management device.

  • If I were you, I would concentrate more on recovery from fusion surgery rather than if it might fail.

    Think positive.

  • There is also a yahoo group of people with pain pumps that is called Pumpsters

    I have a dog that looks just like the one next to your name, aren't they wonderful.

    We haven't ever figured out what Mix she is.

    People with pain pumps have told me that the problems they have deal with placement, cost of the medication that goes in there.

    Last year there was a recall on Pain Pumps 2008/2009 so thereare pros and cons depeding on what you want

    Good Luck. BJ
  • There is a lot of good information about pain pumps here. As "C" said just type pain pump im the search box at the top of this page and it will bring up all the comments on pain pumps.
    Best to you and your upcoming surgery.
    Cheers :H
    Patsy W

  • Babsie, the dog pictured is a French Bulldog, she died 2 years ago at 11 years old, but I also have another white and black male Frenchie as well which you can barely see in the picture. Your dog maybe has some French Bulldog in it. Theyre a great dog, especially as a companion dog, if you want a best friend, a French Bulldog is a great choice.
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