Hi, I had an accident ten years ago, to cut a long story a bit shorter I ruptured two thoracic discs which caused spinal cord compression, I had emergency surgery, then a thoracic fusion with titanium rods screws & plates the following year. I've also got DDD & several bulging discs at all levels of the spine. I've been left with a high level of pain & can only walk short distances with the aid of crutches. I've been using Fentanyl patches for several years 175mcg every 72 hours. Because of nerve damage at the time of the accident & long term use of Fentanyl I had a colectomy (large bowel removed) six years ago.
After a long wait the pain clinic have now secured the funding for a pain pump (I'm in the UK) however there's now a hold up, as I have a large abdominal incisional hernia, the pain clinic think it might be dangerous to put the pump in when a hernia is present, but the colorectal surgeon didn't know anything about pumps and thought it would be fine to leave the hernia until after the pump's been fitted. I'm due to see the pain consultant next week, does anyone know anything about this situation, I would be very grateful for your thoughts/opinions please, many thanks in advance.