Are There Driving Restrictions With A Medtronic Pain Pump And What Is The Comfort Level?

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Are There Driving Restrictions With A Medtronic Pain Pump And What Is The Comfort Level?

After four fusions and laminectomys over the past few years, my last two are being labeled failed- back syndrome. If the upcoming epidural doesn't work, I am seriously considering a Medtronic pain pump. I know the statistics are pretty good for relieving a good percentage of the pain, or so I've heard. Is my information correct?? I am concerned with the pump being uncomfortable as the prototype I saw and felt seemed LARGE and HEAVY. I don't expect to feel nothing, but is it going to be awkward and painful if I bump into a door jamb or whatever? Also, a big concern that just popped into my head, are there any restrictions for driving if you have an implanted pain pump?? Thank you to anyone who is kind enough to give me some insight.

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I took a look around the internet and was unable to find any mention of driving restrictions. This is just off the top of my head (as well) but it could be that because the pain pump directly targets the injured area that you'll be recieving lower doses of pain medication than you might think - hence there's less concern about driving and drowsiness.

I don't know about the comfort factor or the pumps bulkiness. Good luck if you decide to go with the pump.