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Hi everyone. I'm 43 years old and on full disability due to ongoing back problems. I was diagnosed with bulging discs over ten years ago and had a failed back surgery. I've done spinal injections, PT, spinal cord stimulator-with little improvement. I had a horrible experience with an intrathecal pump several years ago-I was way over medicated, lived in a fog for almost a year...falling asleep standing up, busting my head open from the falls, ended up covered in bruises and swollen with a crooked neck. The PM doc dismissed my problems like it was nothing, although he saw me deteriorate month to month. After begging him to empty the morphine from my pump and losing a week of my life going through the worst withdrawals possible I changed doctors and stayed on oral pain meds. Fast forward a few more years...I'm now under the care of a great PM doctor who has helped me taper down on my meds to be ready for another pump. Apparantly, new studies show that a pump is more effective when you're on little to no oral meds. He will be microdosing the morphine starting next week. I've gone from 80 my of oxycodone and 30 my of oxycontin cr daily to only 20 mg of oxycodone. I'm working on getting down to 10 mg. I'm still a bit nervous about being over medicated again with the pump, but I trust this doctor and I'm hoping for great results. I'm tired of pain controlling my life. And I'm looking forward to not having the ups and downs of oral meds and the crazy high tolerance. I work part time, have two grown boys and pets that make my life enjoyable...I'm trying to be more physically active and do more for myself. I have high hopes! Anyway, sorry for the long introduction....I'm sure everyone here can relate in some way or another. Its nice to be able to talk about my situation in a safe place. Thanks for listening:)