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Painful Life

I am new to this board. I have been suffering from spinal stenosis and degenerative disk disease for 19 yrs. Along with 4 back surgerys. I also had surgery for a spinal cord stimulator, which didn't help at all. I'm here today to let you know, I am now pain free! I had a morphine pain pump installed Tuesday. The surgeon put it in my lower upper left buttocks and an incision where the cath. goes in. I am a week out. My pain is gone, I don't know what to do with myself I am so so happy! Hardly any pain with the incision either. 

My surgeon decided to put it in this area because patients had complain to him that the pump was floating up under the ribs and cause pain. The usual spot was across from the belly button.

I heard that the recovery is longer and more painful when they put the pump across from the belly button. 

If anyone has any questions I would be happy to let you know.



  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,222

    Welcome to Spine Health
    All new members should take the System Tutorial

    Finally, a post about a good outcome!! Thank you so much for posting your experience with your pain pump. I also have a pain pump since Jan. 2017. But my story has been an uphill battle because of all of my other medical issues. 
    Thank you again and I'm so glad you are pain free.

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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 971

    That's really great that you now have such good relief after all this time...

    Not being so familar with pain pumps... is there any issue with the long term use of morphine??  I guess the pump is located on the outside of your bpdy somehow so it can be refilled from time to tme.  Yes? No? Maybe?    Do you have control of the daily rate/flow of the pump?? 

    I only briefly had a pain pump in the hospital 1-2 days after my fusion surgeries which had a button I could press to give me a quick shot of pain killer once an hour or as I needed.   So it was manual but had programming to avoid over usage.

    Harry - 65 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,222

    A pain pump is implanted, usually in the stomach area where there is fat. They make a pocket out of the fat to fit it in. The catheter runs from the pump, intertwined around your spinal column going up (mine is at T10) and the tip inserted into the interthecal canal. The morphine stays in the canal, does not go to your organs or brain. 
    The daily rate is set by the doctor and most pumps hold 40 mg. Once every couple of months I go for a refill where he finds the port, sticks a needle in, pulls out what is left, flushes it out and puts the new in. I also have a remote devise called a bolus shot that I can give myself every 2 hrs. But it only covers pain in the spine. This was just a simple way of explaining it, if you have more questions please ask.

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