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Morphine Pump Trial - Can Anyone Provide First Hand Experience ?

I am scheduled for the trial on next Wednesday March 25th and I am nervous about the procedure. Can anyone walk me through the step by step process of the trial ? and yes the doctor did explain it but I would like a first hand account from someone who went though it...

Thank you in advance for your help !



  • I just logged on to this website looking for some answers and saw your post. I had the trial today, 18 March, for the possible implant of the Medtronic pump. I'll give a brief recap because its late and I need to go to bed. I was dropped off at the hospital at 9:30 AM and walked into the Ambulatory Surgical Unit. They had me sign a bunch of forms, strip down, and put on a gown. A nurse came over and stuck an IV in my hand, took my BP, and asked about things like allergy to medicine. In short order I was rolled down the hall on a stretcher into the area where they do these procedures. While I was waiting for my Dr. to show up the Anesthesiologist came over and asked when did I last eat, any allergies to medicine etc. My Dr. walked in and spoke to me for a minute or two, the Anesthesiologist started his medicine (profolol?), and I was rolled into the operating room. I rolled over off the stretcher onto the operating table so my back was up. The anesthesia must have took effect because the next thing I knew I was wide awake and the whole thing was over. The only discomfort I had was a slight jolt in my left leg when the needle hit the nerve. Or did I dream it? In my case this procedure was a piece of cake. I hope it is for you too. Then I was rolled back to recovery room and was observed for about three hours. I was looking for answers here because nothing changed. I felt no different after the procedure as before. I still don't over 12 hours later. The Dr. said the main purpose of the trial was to be sure I had no adverse effects to the medicine, and we will tinker with doses. But does that mean I need the pump implanted to do that? What if the pump flat out doesn't work in my case? Well, never a dull moment. Good luck, Erik
  • For sharing your experience, I feel a little better knowing its a brief experience and not too much to worry about since most of it will take place while asleep.... I guess Wed. will tell for sure....Good luck to you moving forward !

  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    But trust me all I felt was a small jab. Then sent to recovery for observation, I was crying when the doc came in to see me and he was ready to add more meds and I told him no I didnt need it, for the first time in years and we are talking over 10 i was pain free.
  • I had my trial last Wednesday. It was the single injection test. I felt no change in my level of pain until 24 hours afterwards, and I'm not 100% sure it was due to the trial, but I think so. It lasted for a day or so. I would like to have had the more definitive infusion trial, but the VA has contracted with an outside doctor to implant the pump and I doubt they'll spring for another, more costly, trial. The doctor who did the trial told me he injected a low dose of medicine, and his main concern was that I had no adverse effect from the medication and once the pump is implanted he will adjust the dose and he felt certain I would get more pain relief. I just wish the trial was more conclusive. Erik
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