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Sunday, July 04, 2010 Blackhawk505, Community Member, asks

Q: Medtronic pain pump problems.

have medtronic pain pump,I had one installed 5 years ago and never had a problem,dr retired so im seeing a new pain doctor.Started haveing problems.first we found two leaks near pump.At this time i was starting to get sick all the time.We installed new pump and the problems started.Im now feeling sick all the time,dizzy and sick to my stomach.Also have a bad taste and smell.seems like I can smell coming through my skin.Also having bad pain in my feet,which is why i have pump.Has anyone else had these problems.I cant seem to get it across to my dr whats going on.Now all i want is this thing out.Anybody had any problems like these.Thanks for listening.James Wells>

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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
7/ 5/10 2:42am

The very best place to get answers to questions about pain pumps is on our forum.  That's where everyone gathers to discuss anything to do with intrathecal pain pumps.  There is an excellent ongoing thread entitled “Willing to share experience with intrathecal morphine pump implant” that was started and is maintained by Bob Englebardt.  It's a pretty long thread, but rest assured your post will be read and answered.  Click on the link above to get to the forum, then just click on the last page and post your question. 

(Note:  If you've never been to the forum before, you'll have to register separately from your registration here on ChronicPainConnection.  You can, however, use the same e-mail address and password if you like to make it easier to remember.)

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sitting duck, Community Member
7/27/11 10:39pm

My wife just had here 4th one installed today. I talked to her surgeon and ask what is going on, he gave me no reason at all, never gave me a straight answer. I am very upset I will get to the bottom of this and let everyone know. I think we have a problem.

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Brendanna, Community Member
5/16/12 9:13pm

Did you ever get an answer, I am going through H*** and just need to know if the symptoms I am having are from the pump leaking out 5 weeks of morphine into me at one time or if it is leaking again. What symptoms did she have and how long did they last>

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Brendanna, Community Member
5/16/12 8:07pm

Yes I am having the exact problem, it has been a little over 5 weeks since they replaced  the pump and I am still having anxiety attcks, tired, don't want to eat and that smell gives me a headache smelling it all the time. Did you ever get an answer? I go back to my Dr Friday and would love to be able to point them in the right direction.

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Nia Brazil, Community Member
5/ 1/13 1:13pm

re:DEFECTIVE MEDTRONIC pain pump. I had one. It was HORRENDOUS what I went through. Medtronic tried to get my DEFECTIVE pain pump when It was surgically taken out.  Medtronic sent a representative to Calif. to retrieve the pump. The rep. was dressed in surgical scrubs with NO NAME TAG identifying him as a rep. of MEDTRONIC. He tried to get me to say that the DEFECTIVE pain pump initially worked, this is while I was under pre-surgery MEDS. I told him that it NEVER worked. He then tried to get the defective pump from my Husband while I was still in surgical recovery. He told my husband that we had no use for the pump, only Medtronic had.  SURE they did, the made a DEFECTIVE product, they earned Billions of dollars a Year, Check the internet..yes they make Billions,..yet they put out a DEFECTIVE PRODUCT then they try to get the evidence from a drugged patient..WHAT IS THIS??? i HURT..THEY MAKE BILLIONS..SOMETHING is very wrong with this picture. NO LIABILITY?

 

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Rebecca buege, Community Member
8/ 3/13 4:42pm

I realize that its been three years since your post, but you are the first comment I have read that is similar to my experience.  I recently had a 7 year old Medtronic p.p. replaced.  I continue to have the irritating smell  in my nose and throat that even burns slightly.  Its worse at night for some reason.  I was told my catheter tubing looked fine but I think there is leaking going on or something causing this symptom.  Did you ever get a solution to your problem?  Thank you...anyone for any imput regarding this problem

 

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Nia Brazil, Community Member
4/ 7/14 4:05am

I am working with Medtronic on a settlement currently. They are sending a box for me to place the defective morphine pump in and then it will be sent back to them. I am trying to figure out which way is the safest for me to send the defective pump. I am afraid of it being "lost" in the process. I am trying to figure out which is the safest way to make sure that the pump is not "lost"  any ideas?

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