i've copied several of the messages from the PC board to expedite your search.
pain pump was posted 08/21/2003 08:33 pm by Kathy/Shaun My husband had the pain pump put in on Aug 5th and he loves it so do I he did have soreness and pain from stiches but other wise has done great with it. He can now eat with out getting sick as long as he eats small amounts at a time and very little discomfort pain level a 1 or 2 most of time the only side effect he has had in the last few days is headaches and they say thats from spinal fluid leakage they say that will take 1 to 2 months to stop that. hope this helps
from a nurses standpoint was posted 08/22/2003 05:24 pm by mel kathy, from a nurses standpoint, there is not much difference between a medtronic pump and an external permanent epidural (sometimes referred to as a dupens epidural). The medtronic pump is an implanted pump under the skin that is refilled by a needle about every month or so. It is usually placed under the skin in the right or left lower quadrant. The dupens epidural is external, meaning you have a bag attached to you at all times that delivers the medicine. Both are implanted catheters going directly to the spine for the administration of narcotics and sometimes numbing medicines. Both have similar infection risks. Usually the only difference is which one the insurance company will pay for. I have not seen too many headaches related to the placement of the epidural. If a headache occurs, drink something with caffeine or if it gets too bad, you can go to the hospital for a caffeine drip via IV or they can do a blood patch. You shouldnt have to put up with the headache long term. BYW, I am an oncology nurse at Cancer Treatment Center of America in Tulsa, OK and also the wife of a newly dx pc pt, he was dx wednesday and scheduled for a whipple on the 29th. Hope the info helps Mel
I agree was posted 09/27/2003 03:38 pm by Mel I agree with Claudia. Permanent epidural is the best way to go. Keeps pain controlled and the head clear. Talk to your doctor and request it.
Pain Control was posted on 11/06/2003 11:34 am by Erick Carpenter
There are a couple of options for pain control vs morphine and the like. My
wife was put on a permanent epidural which controlled her pain 100% on just
numbing meds. Her pain was localized in the lower back, and stomach. This is
done by mounting a port on the ribs under the skin and tunnelling a small
neoprene type tube to the back and into the spine where you can use anything
from numbing meds like novocaine to morphine. The patient then can carry
around their meds in a fanny pack that locks into the port via a small
needle. (the site is numb from the epidural so they dont feel anything). It
worked very well for my wife, and bypassed all of the problems associated
with morphine and the like.
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