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    Loose Pedical Screw
    christianneO posted:
    Hi...I'm new to the community and read the posts about the back pain/loose screws after surgery. So far my screws haven't moved or caused trouble. I did have pain from nerve damage after 2 back surgeries (L4-L5, then L5-S1). My pain management doctor suggested an Intrathecal med pump which pumps 6.21 mg of morphine per 24 hours. This pump changed my life. After surgery I spent most of my time laying down. I could only walk 1 block before pain and nerves ramped up. I've had this pump for 7 years now (just had the old one replaced-batteries were dying-normal for system) and I can now walk 2 miles, ride my bike, swim, etc. I also went to college for the first time in my life and got an AA in Criminology and became certified in Forensic Evidence. I did it just for fun and am now a lab assistant in the crime lab at our local college and I'm having a blast. I occasionally have nerve issues from the sciatic nerves, but that only happens when I've over done it (lifting heavy items, bent down for too long...). For those still suffering from lower back pain and nerve problems, talk to your pain mngt. specialist about a med pump. Mine is from Medtronics and they're a fantastic company. Any questions or possible problems with the pump and they immediately have your local specialist call you back. My injuries are work comp, and I had to fight them to get the pump. They said it was too costly and I pointed out how much they were spending monthly on my pain meds (Oxycontin 360 mg 4xday, Neurontin (( forget how much) Flexeril). The Oxycontin alone was $1800 a month! Anyway, I didn't take no for an answer and here I am. I hope this gives some hope to those still suffering from back pain and nerve pain. My doctors weren't sure if the pump would help with the Sciatic nerve problems but new it would work for the lower back pain. It took care of both. I take NO oral meds now. The beauty of this system is that the medication is delivered directly into the spine via a small catheter so I don't have any side effects of the medication (dizziness, tiredness, etc).

    Good luck out there and thanks for taking the time to read this.
    jj_spring responded:
    I'm Happy the Pump worked for you and your out of Pain. I have one and still have to take Oral Meds. It has been a Nightmare for me. The Meds in the Pump are making me Loose Memory, bad irritability, and I couldn't even think straight for over a Year. I be had mine for 5 yrs and can't wait for the Batteries to die and have it removed. I have Morphine, Baclofen, Clonidine and I don't know what else. Can you tell me what yours is filled with, maybe I could have my Meds changed that go in it. I would Really appreciate it. I'm really glad you are doing Ok. And Congratulations on your Degree. That sounds pretty cool. I may check that out at our Community College.

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