Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 jude, Community Member, asks

Q: Problems with intrathecal pain pump for severe back pain

I recently have been shocked by my intrathecal pain pump and also had a problem 5 mths ago with what I believe was a catheter kink or dislocation. I was sitting quietly at a movie when suddenly I was unable to speak, walk, had severe shaking. The ER doctors thought I had a stroke.  After several hours I was returned to normal condition.  My husband tried to get the ER doctors to address my pain pump that it may have been dislogged or that the catheter was disloged in some way.  Not one person would listen even though I have had problems with my pump flipping to the side, never completely flipping over.   Has anyone had any of these problems?  I need some help as my problems are getting worse not better with my pump. Thanks

Answer This
Answers (2)
Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
1/ 5/09 9:58pm

The best place to get answers to questions about pain pumps is on our forum.  There is an ongoing thread entitled “Willing to share experience with intrathecal morphine pump implant” that was started and is maintained by Bob Englebardt.  If you don’t find an answer to your question already there, please feel free to post your question. 
http://forums.healthcentral.com/discussion/chronic-pain/forums/a/tpc/f/7251032/m/8491036

(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.)

Reply
Carol Anne Staats, Community Member
10/ 1/13 2:51am

WHEN I HAD MY PAIN PUMP PLACED IN 2009, WITHIN 2 WKS MY RIGHT TOES STARTED GOING NUMB, THE NUMBNESS HAS SPREAD TO BOTH LEGS FROM THE FEET TO THE KNEES. NOW WHERE THE CATHETER IS PLACED MY BACK IS SWELLING AND FEELS LIKE A MASS. MY PAUM HAS FLIPPED SIDEWAYS CAUSING TENDERNESS IN MY LOWER ABDOMEN.

I WISH I HAD AN ANSWER FOR YOU, BUT I DON'T. EVERY TIME I TELL THE DRS. THAT PUT THE PUMP IN THEY THINK ITS ALL IN MY HEAD, BUT I KNOW MY BODY AND SOMETHING IS WRONG!

MY PAIN HAS GOTTEN WORSE. I THOUGHT MY BODY HAS BEEN TRYING TO REJECT THE PUMP, BUT I DO BELIEVE THE TUBING IS NOT RIGHT. I JUST CAN'T GET A DR. TO LISTEN TO ME AND TAKE IT OUT!

GOOD LUCK AND KEEP ME POSTED ON YOUR HEALTH.

GOD BLESS

CAROL 

Reply
Answer This

Important:
We hope you find this general health information helpful. Please note however, that this Q&A is meant to support not replace the professional medical advice you receive from your doctor. No information in the Answers above is intended to diagnose or treat any condition. The views expressed in the Answers above belong to the individuals who posted them and do not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media. Remedy Health Media does not review or edit content posted by our community members, but reserves the right to remove any material it deems inappropriate.

By jude, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/28/13, First Published: 12/31/08