I am a time not seen on this forum, since I had a hard time after my second revision surgery due to a non-fusion L4L5, pseudo-artrosis.
I am still suffering on a lot of pain in my back and left leg/foot. The fusion is after 16 months not complete, since a cap of 3/4" have to be filled. My NS told me to have patient and that bone-grow will proceed with time, but important to stimulate better bone grow is exercise and force on the spine. But as you all know, that is just problem; how many pain can you handle?
So 2 years ago I have got a Medtronic Synclomed II pain pump implanted. It just worked for me well for 4 weeks, then the pain breaked through again. Couldnt lower my oral meds. Diagnose: tolerance for Morphine. Now I am 1,7 mg/d and it does nothing at all. To handle the pain, I use still 150 mg oral Morphine and Lyrica. My dokter dont want to go further then 2,0 mg/d, so I dont think this will work for me.
For the start I have the pump, I have never had a good experience with it; When I have implanted it, the next days were terrible, I was so sick. Then months dizzy and hardly now pain releave, and couldnt reduce my oral Morphine.
I am now for the choise of 1. dose to max. 2,0 mg/d and leave all oral meds or 2. reduce to dose of the pump to zero, remove the pump and then optimize and change to an other opiate. Difficult decision but going through like this is also no choice.
My question to others with experience of pain pump:
What is your dose where you have a good result in pain reduction?
What is the maximum dose you doctor will go to?
How is your general experience with the pump?
Thank you for all the infomation you want to share.