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NEW info on intrathecal pain pump....



  • Can anyone tell me if you can have a spinal stimulator and a pain pump implanted?

    I had a SCS implanted this year and it works well enough but I am still on many pain pills and the side effects are horrible,

    I worry about my liver and kidneys and I hate the drugged up feeling I get all day.

    Does the pain pump cut down on these "spacey" "drugged up" feelings?

    Is it better for your body since you are taking such a lower dosage?

    Thanks in advance :)
  • Yes, you can have both...a stimulator and a pain pump. A lot of people do.
    Where is your pain and what is causing it? It would help a lot to know that.
    With a pain pump you do not feel drugged because you only need very small doses and it goes directly to your spinal cord, it does not go through your system. Doses are in micrograms not milligrams. I can't even tell I am on any narcotics....all I feel is a wonderful reduction in my pain. I have Diladuid in my pump. They can use Morphine, Diladuid,Fentanyl or Prialt(this can have bad side effects if they do not start you out on a very low dose and increase very slowly)
    Once you have a permanent implant and get it up to a therapudic dose(which takes time)you may not need the stimulator.
    I have only had my pain pump a few months and was taking Oxycodone every 4 hours and still in pain. Now I only take 3 oral pain pills a day but I am still getting increases.
    They start you out on a low dose and give you increases every couple of weeks until you get your pain reduced to a level you can live with.
    Feel free to PM me with any questions you may have and I will be happy to help in any way I can.
    Cheers :H
    Patsy W
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