I am looking for advice from anyone who has had intrathecal morphine pain pumps implanted and whether or not they worked for you and what side effects should I be aware of. I have been in debilitating pain for 16 months now since I had a laminectomy/diskectomy at L5/S1 for a massively herniated disk that resulted in Cauda Equina Syndrome, which I still have lingering effects of including bowel issues, numbness, shooting pain and terrible back pain, gait problems, etc.
I have tried, TENS, epidural steroid injection, various drugs. I am currently on 70mg of OxyContin and take Vicodin for breakthrough, 450 mg of Lyrica (which helps alot for my nerve pain in my legs). Ihave not had any real relief for the searing back pain that shoots down my buttocks and back of my thighs. It is sometimes unbearable. I have been trying to work a full time job but it has become increasingly difficult. My physical medicine doctor is referring me to a neurosurgeon because he talked to him and this doctor thinks he can help me. My doctor suggested either a fusion or an intrathecal pain pump if I didn't want the fusion, which I don't.
I would appreciate any information you have on the intrathecal pain pumps.