Hello all...I stumbled on this great site while looking for info on a "pain pump". I will be 45 on Oct. 1, I.ve had back issues for 20+years and proggresively gotten worse in the last 6 years. Like many others here, I did the Dr. to Dr. thing without much if any answers. Three years ago the pain got to be unbearable in my back, radiating into my groin and testicles, as well as occasional sciatica pain.
Finally my PCP sends me to a pain management Dr.,he started me out with the basic meds, and assured me I did NOT need to see a surgeon of any kind. Well after a year or so and more and more pain meds and a few facet injectins...still no releif !
Being self employed and not being able to miss work,I decide it was time to see a very well known neurosugeon. To my surprise, in the 10 mins. I was in his exam room, he diagnosed me with bi lat hernias. The MRI that he ordered showed ddd, stenosis, 2 bulging dics and annular tears in L4,L5 AND SI.
So in Jan 2010 I had bi lat hernia surgery (i now recomend one at a time) . Surgery went well except for the severe ongoing nerve damage. Then back to the neuro in May about back issues, he says it looks like I may be a canidate for a fusion, and sends me to another neuro bcuz he does'nt do those. After a very painful discogram, the new surgeon suggests the Dynesys stabilization system at 2 levels. Exact words "you will be a new man in 6 weeks. Well 4 weeks post op I am having another MRI for the excruciating pain and unbearable sciatica . Results; bulging disc at L3,L4. After 3 months of PT, the sciatic pain subsides, but pain is worse.Docs answer...give it time...meanwhie after making up wit my PM dr. Im getting nerve blocks in my hernia insicions and more and more pain meds, only able to work about 2 hrs a day.
By this time, I am getting depressed, sleeping 80 hrs a week,having withdrawl, no social life, mad at the world. Neuro surgeon recommends radio freq. Injections and tryin the trial pain pump. So back to PM. DR, he says no way on the injections, and im not a canidate for the pain pump. Wont do injections becuz of my hardware (understandable), but would not give me a explaination why no pump, even after asking 5 times !
Sooo on Sept 2, I went to see my new PM doc...he agrees nada on the injections, is in awe by length of time I have been on the same meds and says I would be a perfect canidate for the pump. Now I am on the Fentinyl patch and oxymorphone along with nuerontin and flexeral and waitin for another doc to call for my appt. to discuss the pump. I feel like a weight has be lifted, and there is a bit of hope for me. With the change of meds, I feel the best I have in almost 2 years !
Sorry this is so long, but this is my story, and it is the short version...And I would appriciate any input ffom anyone that has a pain pump...thanks for reading....Bill