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Medtronic pain pump lasted 10 years now causing stomach pain

Nevada.kayakerNNevada.kayaker Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:58 AM in Pain Management
My Medtronic pump was implanted in August 2001. It help me get on my my life back with alot of work and patience. I worked hard to develop strengthen in my abdomen, my legs, etc. I also worked hard to gain strength physically and emotionally. After losing weight, the pump is now causing me severe stomach pain. (directly under th pump) For more than a year I have been reducing the morphine rate in hopes of removing the pump.

Now my time is up - my battery is clearly dying or even dead. I have been suffering with horrible withdrawl that was beyond what i ever expected.

Has anyone taken out their pump and catheter? I am told the catheter may be difficult to remove due to scar tissue. Anyone done this?

Ps the pump did get me off oral meds except for vert rare flares. Good luck to everyone!
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Comments

  • Have you seen your Pump Doctor about this? He/She can tell you if your battery is indeed dead. I was told my battery would last 6 years.(I too am off oral meds except for flare ups)

    I have read of people having teir pumps removed but know nothing about the catheter being removed.

    I suggest you see your Doctor right away.

    Best of luck to you.
    Cheers :H
    Patsy W
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