Hello, I had a Medtronic pain pump implanted mid last year. Also have the hand held device to get a "shot" for BT pain. Since the device was implanted my quality of live has gone down radically. I've gained over 20#, can't do what I used to do when on oral meds, BT pain is not controlled as well, and some other things I'm sure I'm not remembering...lol. Anyhow, I have told the doc about the problems with BT pain and the increase and lack of control. He simply smiles and turns away. I can not engage him in conversation about my issues. I really feel that he feels I am an abuser, but how the heck can I abuse an implanted pain pump? I simply want to at least feel how I did pre-implant. I don't feel that is asking to much. My family doc has advised me to have the pump removed, but I don't want to have to start going to pharmacies again and get into that mess. I'd rather get the pump "tuned" properly and get on with my life. Find another PM doc is difficult at best. None I have contacted are willing to take on a pt with an existing pump. (I had few problems with "doctor shopping" while on oral meds...lol) I don't know what to do. Is there anyone out there who might have some ideas or advice? I sure would appreciate it. TIAView Thread
Thanks for replying, Mendy..... Sounds like you have had quite an experience with your doc too. I don't want to come across as cold, but I really wish the docs who treat me could experience what I do in terms of pain. Then maybe they would understand what I'm saying and not just judge me. I can't tell you how frustrating that is. It's the old "walk a mile in my shoes". I have the same feeling.... the doc doesn't want to waste his time fiddling with the pump. He programed it to what he feels is correct, and no person less educated than him will tell him different. He is very disarmingly charming yet extremely condescending at the same time. A real combo for someone in his line of work. I have just about decided to have the pump removed. It comes down to being held "hostage" by one person (the doc) or numerous (pharmacists). I now realize I had more control over my pain when I did not have the pump. I could have much better control with a more open minded physician, but don't see that happening. This guy was quick to cut and install and now lax in dealing with the aftermath so to speak. Not a good combination.View Thread
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