Monday, April 16, 2012

Baclofen Pump Implant


During my recovery from the surgery to implant a baclofen pump...
I took a few photos when I felt better, as seen above.

When deciding whether to have surgery.....my reason was the need to have relief from the leg spasms but there was a second good reason:

Before surgery...I took 80 mg of baclofen each day.
Now I only need .05 mg 
since the baclofen goes directly into my spine with the pump
80mg before-.05mg now!

The spasticity is gone with a fraction of medicine! 
(The Doc will monitor the pump and dosage)

It has been tough to have surgery.....however....I have been released from the Neurosurgeon with a good report....now I only wait on more strength to return as I rest.

This too shall pass as I regain more strength each day....
and also learning to have more patience!

34 comments:

Glenda said...

It's so amazing what modern medicine can do! I pray that you grow stronger each day as you look ahead to better days! It's good to hear from you.

Ginny said...

I looked up the pump and read about it. I am so glad you are back, we have missed you! I have been praying for you and I hope you heal quickly and are better than ever!!

Connie Arnold said...

That sounds like a successful surgery! I know it was tough but thankful it gave you relief with the great decrease in medicine. Praying your strength continues to return and you can feel much better. Patience is a hard lesson to learn but very important!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I'm so glad you're recovering well! Nice to be able reduce your meds so drastically.

Joanne said...

Oh Kim, I am so happy that the operation went well...I have to admit I would have been soooooo scared! So glad to read that you don't have to take as much medication. Hope you feel stronger each and everyday.
Blessings, Joanne

Shannon Milholland said...

So excited you are recovering so well! Thank you God for doctors You've given to help us!

S. Etole said...

Blessings for your recovery. It's good to see you return.

Patrick said...

Surgery is never an easy decision. Like you I have learned one of the biggest lessons of recovery is indeed, patience. :)

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Awesome what has been learned in the field of medicines to help people... The pump sounds like a great idea... I'm so happy for you --and I know you will be able to rest better without the leg spasms...God Bless You, Kim.
Hugs,
Betsy

Tracy said...

Kim, that is awesome! I know the surgery was tough but what relief it has seemed to have brought...I'm happy for you!
take good care of yourself so you can gain that strength back :)

Birdie said...

I have been thinking about you and I am so happy to hear that you have received such excellent results! Whooo hooo! Time to do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight!

Gail said...

Hi - I am so glad this procedure is a success and a relief for you. "YAY"!!
Love Gail
peace....

Muffie said...

So glad you're regaining your strength after surgery. When you feel better, please share the details?
Peace,
Muff

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Wow, sounds like it will be worth the difficulty in the end. Thinking of you as you recover! :)

My Journey With Candida said...

Kim,
So happy to hear the surgery went well and you are feeling better. That is GREAT that you don't have to take so much baclofen. I dread taking medications,... many of them cause stomach issues.

DUTA said...

It was good decision to have the implant 80 mg versus 0.5 mg - what a gap!
You're on the right track - the track of improving life quality. Good Luck!

Dawn said...

It sounds as though you have more patience than I ever could try to muster.
Hugs to you...glad it turned out for the better!!!!!

Karen Mortensen said...

Glad you are doing well. Keep up the good work.

Karen said...

Wow, what a reduction! I hope you continue to get stronger each day.

Small Kucing said...

welcome back, Kim. Glad it went well. A speedy recovery to you.

kathy

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The Elephant's Child said...

How wonderful. And exciting. My baclofen keeps on getting increased and I keep on having super painful leg spasms. I will have to think about the implant, but you have given me the incentive to think about it more carefully. Thank you. Lots.

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

The positive effects of modern medicine are amazing! I hope you continue to gain strength (and patience) as you rest up.

SueAnn Lommler said...

I too am glad for your positive effects of this pump! Yes...be good to yourself and rest! Surgery takes a lot out of your system. So be good and rest!!
Hugging you
SueAnn

Nani said...

Glad the surgery went well. I was , influenced by some nasty spring allergies, kinda blue yesterday about all of the medication I have to take. Of course I wouldn't ever give up my Baclofen of Gilenya - those are the ones that make a huge noticeable difference! But I guess I should be more grateful about what I have - I'm only on 10mg of Baclofen and I'm not having any problems with the spasticity.

SO happy for you that the pump is working and the drastic reduction in meds!

Laura said...

I'm so happy this is working for you. May you continue to feel better each day!

lynnmosher said...

So awesome, sweetie! I'm so glad to know you're doing better. Praying for a great recovery and continued well-being. Blessings to you!

gracefully50.com said...

Glad to have you back! Wish you a speedy recovery Kim!

Jeannie

RJ said...

Hey Kim, How is EVERYONE doing?

Ed Pilolla said...

well, you will be in my prayers tonight. i hope your recovery is speedy. great news about reducing the baclofen and spasticity. it's great to see you, will be better when you are better:)

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Good to note that you are getting better & feeling stronger every day. Keep taking pics whenever you get the opportunity. Will make you feel happy.

Flying high in the sky.... said...

am soo sooo soo happy for you ... !! God Bless...you are strong... and positive... that inspires me :)

Clare said...

So pleased for you. It is wonderful that you can reduce the medication and have better results. xx

Nancy Claeys said...

Happy for you that all turned out well and less medicine is always a good thing! :)

Pee Lister said...

I'm glad it seems to be working!

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