|BaclofenPump - No Good|
It's been a long time since I've been the old James. Here's some explanation why: I was really having a hard time controlling my spasms so I decided to have the Baclofen pump trial. The trial was successful in eliminating the tightness & tone in my body, however, I was having a ton of neurological pain. It was some of the worst pain I had experienced up to that point in my life post injury. After a lot of Contemplation of having a Baclofen pump inserted into my body (they put the pump itself in your lower abdominal area on either your right or left side, it's your choice), I just knew I wouldn't hurt as I got adjusted to it being inside me but my biggest reasoning for getting it was so I could be cared for that much simpler.
on January 28, 2013 I had it implanted for good. I was soooo sore as I arrived home from tne operation the following day then after a few days past it wore off & I felt GREAT! I didn't hurt, I was taking less medicines & my body was tone & spasm free! I almost had to learn to live again having zero spasms not understanding how much I used my muscle tone to perform certain tasks.
Then my worst nightmare was coming and I could feel it creeping up on me as detoxination was taking place from certain meds as well as training riders at the track. I could not control myself riding across bumpy terrain because my entire body was that limp. And of course, I couldn't think straight because the medicines were leaving my system and it was eating my lunch, breakfast& dinner.
I had the pump lowered, highered, etc. but nothing seemed to get it to where I could be fully functional in all areas of life. I was becoming very concerned about the decision of having it installed.. I could sit in my chair while I was still MUCH better but I couldn't get around the tracks without almost tumping over everywhere and it was becoming quite frustrating. I am such a lively person and having the Baclofen in my system day and night, I felt drugged constantly. I did not feel alive at all. The big downfall to me feeling comfortable sitting down was my ankles would swell extremely bad and have softball sized ankles and really fluffy calves. Then they ran some tests and found I had a blood clot in one one my legs & that's when it really hit home that "maybe this wasn't the best idea."
I Decided to have it removed for good. No more zombie like days, no more tumping over in my chair constantly. I wanted "me" back. So as I am writing this my BP into dis only putting outo saline and my operation is 10 day from today! I couldn't be happier with my decision and going though the struggle of decreasing the pump then getting it removed… I'm stoked!