After suffering the horrors of "pain clinics" I actually found one that is based out of a hospital and it is great. Been a patient there for almost a year now. However, I have noticed a trend and I want to know if any of you have noticed it as well. I requested to be switched to Fentanyl patch due to my inability to keep my Oxycontin down (I have chronic pain due to a surgical blunder during a pancreatic procedure and suffer nausea as well as pain) My doctor had no problem switching me. However, and this is the trend I am seeing... if the Fentanyl doesn't work or I have any problems with it, the only alternative being offered is an implanted pain pump. Of all the people I know with chronic pain, they are all being encouraged to get a pain pump. I am not comfortable with this as an option at this point in my life. Anyone else out there seeing this being the only other option offered? Please let me know.
I have heard several people say that their PM doc is wanting them to switch to a pain pump. I don't know if the doctors feel they can control the pain meds easier or what. In your case though, if you can't keep the pain pills down and if the patch doesn't work, you really don't have any other options for pain control. I don't know if a neurostimulator would help with the type of pain you have, but it blocks pain signals to the brain, so maybe... Unfortunately, it is permanently implanted in surgery. Talk to you doctor earnestly and tell him why you are reluctant to get the pain pump. Perhaps he will find something different for you to try. Best wishes!
If the docs get their patients on pain pumps, they have absolute control of the narcotics they give you. You have to go to them for a refill, and that's it. Doing this means the government isn't breathing down their necks saying that those horrible chronic pain patients are responsible for the prescription meds being sold on the street. Docs are trying to help us while not risking loosing their licenses and being accused of being a drug pusher. I'd like to know how many would be recommended if the government wasn't looking over their shoulders and scaring them to death.
I am ALWAYS put on a pain pump,with stronger meds, every time I am hospitalized. We talked about a home unit several yrs ago, but Cardiac Doc said the risk of infection was too much for my heart condition long term. I, too, am on the Fentanyl Patch which provides minimal relief. The only person I know to have one now is terminal. Best of luck to you, and Happy Holidays!!!
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