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I just had a pain pump implant last week Tuesday for my chronic thoracic pain. I have a Flowonix pump placed in the right side of my back and the catheter placed at my T11.
The medication used is morphine. They started me out at .5mg which I honestly didn't even realize it was on. I had my one week appointment this Wednesday and the doc increased it to .75mg and said I will see you on the 15th.
So far the increase has done nothing for pain relief. When I did the trial they implanted the catheter and I wore a pack around my waist that had the medicine bag in it. This was done on a Tuesday and I went in every day to get the dosage increased. By that Friday they pulled the catheter and I was done.
I received just about 100% relief during the trial. I believe we ended up at about 1.75mg by the end. However, now that I have the permanent pump in my dosage is increased once a week.
I just wanted to see if there are others out there with a pain pump to ask if they recall how often their pump was increased during the beginning?
I'm not a patient person so the fact that this is going to seem to take forever to get where I was at with the trial is bugging me. I should have asked about this when I was in the office but that's another one of my downsides is I start thinking of a question after I leave the doc.
I think I'm going to call them tomorrow and see if I can come in sooner to get this increased again. I have something in me that worked wonderfully during the trial and don't want to waste any more time than needed to get to that relief point.
Any thoughts are welcomed. Thanks for reading.
Taking it one day at a time, that is all we really can do while living with chronic pain.
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