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weaning /oral meds b-for pump??

Hello everyone, i have a question.. i had my trial for the pain pump over thanksgiving. First time ive been pain free in many yrs. I was so happy. Followed up with my pm dr. A week later at which time he told me ill have to wean off all oral narcotics before he will implant the pump. Now i was at 30 mg morphine 4x daily, 5mg percocet 4x daily. He wants me to cut out one pill a day each week starting with the morphine. Yesterday i brought me to 30mg morphine 1x daily and the 4 percocet still. Im in excruciating pain! Iam suffering, i dont understand where the pm dr thinks the pain is going to go? He said doing this will make it possible for him to start my pump with the lowest possible dose. Is this common practice? Why do i feel he is being cruel and that this is not nessesary? What am i supposed to do? With doing it this way i wont get the pump for about 6 more weeks. Im a SAHM to 5, my back and leg pain are a result of a car accident 28 yrs ago, 5 discectomies, numerous meds, injections ect. The holidays are here. I was sooo excited thinking that i would soon be feeling better. The first time in my adult life. If i try to find another dr who does it differently it could take a very long time. I dont want to burn my bridges with this dr, it feels like a punishment though, or a cruel thoughtless way around it. Someone please tell me this is common. Any suggestuons how to get through this? I seriously dont see how to do this, the pain is horrifying.
Thank you


  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    While I was waiting on the pump implant my Dr also reduced my meds. From what everyone was telling me on this forum that is not normal. I was in serious pain! I hope that your implant is done soon and you get some relief in your pain.
  • Thank you for your responce. I spoke with the nurse practitioner over the weekend, (of course my pm dr is on vacation) from what she eluded to this is " his" way of doing it. She also had the nerve to suggest "this may not be the right time" for me to do it! I respectfully told her "the timing" isnt the issue, this is a matter of how much pain should i be in. This is simply so the dr can start me at the lowest possible dose in the pump. He told me this. Im supposed to rely on this man to control my pain soon, he makes me nervous. Mind you, this dr refused to prescribe me the pain medicine at all. He leaves that to your primary dr. Says he cant because he'd end up doing nothing but writting scripts all day. What exactly should a pain managment dr do?I cant burn my bridges with him though as i said before, im way to close now.
  • Im sorry i also meant to say that i hope your doing better now and that the pump has changed things for you.
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