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Failed Fusion L4-L5 w/ Hardware & Recalled Morphine Pump

GaryInPainGGaryInPain Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in New Member Introductions
Thanks all for your stories; I myself had fusion surgery 10 years ago & wore that stupid bone stimulator for 6 months, quit smoking & drinking. Surgeon advised fusion took, looked good & released me to rehab & work...Pain increased over time until I was unable to take oral medications. As my surgeon referred me to the Pain Mgmt Specialist w/ the same clinic. He also consistantly told me over the last 8 years that my fusion looked great & my hardware was all in good order w/ no loose screws...lol. After exhausting every oral medication for pain, they implanted a morphine pump which worked great for approx. 4-5 years. Then extreeme nausea, tried every medication on market, no help....So Pain Mgmt / Neoro Surgeron rec. chaning med. in pump to dilaudid - I started blacking out, bladder stopped, along w/ kidneys & I was hospitalized. They would not give me pain meds. as the insurance company had to confirm the dilaudid caused the problem - 3 days later & 4 caths without any pain meds. the drug was out of my system, my bladder & kidneys started working again properly. I was given oral morphine & had to wait 3 weeks to get my pump refilled with morphine; as oral meds. don't work for me. In the hospital my parents were told everything was fine with my fusion & hardware & they might consider having me committed as the pain might be associated with a mental condition....This has alienated me from my family & after much research...turns out my morphine pump is under 2 fda level 1 recalls 1) for pump motor failure / stalls & 2) cathadre blockage / crystalization. Well I'm under workers comp. and my main doctor who originally ref. me to my surgeon & pain mgmt specialist quit practicing; I called everyone in Texas and luckly found only 1 docotor who would take my case as it is 10 yrs old & very complicated w/ the pump recalls. My new doctor first ref. me to a new Neuro Surgeon who had to take new MRI's & X-Rays as my previous neuro surgeon failed to foward my medical records...Turns out I have a failed fusion...after I was told several times over the last 10 years my fusion took and look very good & no reason for my pain...had I known it didn't take I would have taken my long term disability $3,800 a month and retired at age 32...now I'm 42 and without disability coverage & changed jobs & now unable to work w/ extreeme pain while sitting, riding, walking and bending/lifting. I have a new pump doctor who had to get his old computer out of the closet advising that he removed all these recalled pumps 2 years ago...and advised the pump must be replaced & is unreliable as it stalls & then surges causing extreeme pain & then over medication (Medtronics 8627L18). Well I have my prognosis scheduled on this Feb. 23 and pray they can do a synthetic disc replacement as my next disc above the failed fusion is buldging and about to rupture w/ the stress of the hardware & gap where the failed fusion is located. Well that's my story in a nut shell...if anyone out there knows anything about synthetic disc replacement, I would greatly appreciate any information you can provide. And God Bless all of us in EXTREEME Pain as a result of Failed Surgeries, Doctors lieing to cover their asses and insurance companies who don't want to pay for the proper medical treatement; yet are more than willing to take our premiums, often raising them to outragious, unaffordable levels for those of us who are singled out because of our medical condition.


  • That's rough you've been through so much. I hope this Surgeon can help you with the new disc and new pain pump. I hope you'll be more stable after this surgery and have a better recovery. Take care and saying a prayer for you. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Welcome! :H
    You indeed have been through alot, but hopefully you'll turn the corner now you have found out what the problem is.
    Please keep us posted on how you go, i'll keep my fingers crossed for the 23rd.
  • I'm sorry you've been put through the ringer all these years and have suffered so much. Now that they know about the failed fusion, I hope they can help you in some way. I also had a medtronic pump put in last year that dispenses Dilaudid since I'm allergic to morphine. Anyways, we hope to hear from you soon so you can update us on your condition. Take care and welcome to SH.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. good luck on your upcoming procedure. i know everything will work out for the best. :D drop by anytime! Jenny :)
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