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There are many old comments about the pain pump. I would like some comments to see how many people have them and how they are managed.
I love my pump. I am on my second one, the first was inserted 03/08/08. I never questioned my Dr. about my refills. I was told my concentration was about as high as you could get and that's why it only lasted about 28-30 days. I originally had Fentanyl, Baclofen, Clonedine, Droperidol, and Bupivicaine. Within the first 6 months we found I was having a bad reaction to Fentanyl even though I could take it in other forms. I was switched to Dilaudid. Over the last 3 years they have taken out everything except Dilaudid and Baclofen. About 6-8 months ago my Dr talked to me about switching from Dilaudid to non-narcotic Prialt. He said we would do it very slow because it had so many side effect, but if I could handle it that would be much better for me. My question to everyone is why after at least 10 years have I had to have my pump filled every month and now it's lasting at least 45 days between refills.
I have read so many people who have 3-6 month refills and I can't get a straight answer from my Dr. So has he just been money hungry all these years? I actually rescheduled my 30 day appointment to the 45th it would run out & the office switched it back & said I never called but I have a record of my call to them on my cell phone. I tried to change it back & they say I can't go past 30 days to have it filled. The Dr always pulls whatever meds are left in my pump & mixes it with the new meds going in, so he can't say the meds expire.