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Day 1 of Pain Pump Journey

Two weeks ago we said "go" with my PM doctor for a pain pump. Today was the first day of action.
1. Had blood work done - always a nightmare. My veins roll, blow or they can't find one. But called on someone more experienced and        all went fine.
2. Mri - without contrast - laying there trying to make a symphony out of all the pings, pongs and weird sounds, sounds like a                          synthesizer (hey!! you've got to make the best of it)
3. With contrast - trying to find a vein again but finally!! Anyone else have this problem?
Reports will be sent to surgeon and now we wait for an appointment. 
Monday I will have the same reports and will post the findings.
Sandra
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  • Good luck! Keep us posted!!!


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  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510
    memerainbolt

    Thanks for posting about your experience, I look forward to more.

    Say hi to your deer for me.  Hopefully you will enjoy the pond more once the pain pump is working.  By the way, I grew up in Evansville and lived in Princeton for year.

    Bruce

    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,353
    Thank you both. Besides seeing my psychologist, this forum has been one of the best things I've done for myself. I truly feel like I'm talking to my friends every day. Small world Bruce!! We have a deer feeder by the pond, mama and her baby are there every evening. Can't wait to really start the journal, maybe it will benefit someone else.
    Sandra
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  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 2,561
    I love to see these progression type posts, they are some of the most helpful posts for people looking to be in same situation.  Thank you for doing this it helps more than you know.
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,353
    Got the call this morning!! I have my first appt. with the pain pump surgeon Oct. 18th for a consult. I'm excited but nervous at the same time. 
    We know this will be a life long commitment and has been a very big decision. I know it's the best thing to do seeing I'm out of options. The last 3 days have been horrible, pain level way over the scale and won't let up. Would love to have 5 min. pain free. 
    But God answered my prayers, please find someone to help me, and he did.
    Sandra
    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator
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  • Yes, Memerainbolt--my veins also like to hide when they know a needle is near!!  I usually tell whoever is taking the blood that previous nurses/doctors have better luck with me using the "butterfly" needles.  They're smaller, so perhaps my veins are less intimidated..haha!!
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,353
    Yep, me too. Also tell them where lol. Found a great spot, works every time. About 3" above your elbow on the under side. Just make sure the needle is going toward the elbow not toward your hand. Doesn't hurt, has worked so far. Mine are so bad when I was in the hospital they had to put a pic line in.
    Sandra
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  • I KNOW!!!  Hahaha...too funny that your veins and mine have so much in common!!
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,519
    My veins love to fool the nurses.  Its there one second, gone the next
    Thats why almost 99% of any blood work I get done (including for contrasts)  is that they have to do it on my hand, which I am not a big fan of
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,353
    Ouch!! Can't do the hand. Having fibromyalgia doesn't help either.
    Sandra
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