My morphine pump malfunctioned back at the end of Oct. On Nov. 25 a new pump was implanted. Unfortunately it was discovered during surgery that I had a granuloma that was blocking the catheter. So instead of filling the pump with morphine, they filled it with saline with the hope that the saline would slowly work to dissolve the granuloma over the next 2 to 3 months. If it didn't, then a new catheter would need to be put in. Apparently, they don't like to replace catheters unless absolutely necessary because of the chance of causing other problems. It has now been 2 months and none of the MRIs taken thus far show anything. While I've been waiting for this situation to resolve, I have done a lot of reading on the web about this particular problem and some of it is quite troubling and giving me more doubt as to whether I want the pump hooked up again.
For instance, the granuloma can return again, especially in patients who (a) have morphine as opposed to other narcotics in the pump; (b) people who have had a pump more than 5 years; and, (c) the pump drug dose is high. Unfortunately, I fill each of those categories. Then I also read that the granuloma can continue to grow into the spinal canal causing paralysis that could be permanent. These reasons give me great cause for concern. All my doctor wants is to hook the pump back up without addressing my concerns or fears. Has anyone out there ever experienced this situation or know of someone that has. I really need some answers before we reach the time to refill the pump, etc. Your help or information would be quite valuable to me right now.