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Sun, Mar 24 9:36pm · Does anyone know or have a INTRATHECAL PAIN PUMP? in Chronic Pain

We were told that the pump could deliver more effective medicine in much, much smaller amounts than oral opioids for the same amount of pain relief, with far fewer side effects. For my husband, it was a very bad choice, with no meaningful pain relief benefit and side effects worse than before the surgery. Thank you for your kind words. I am sure pumps help many people, but sadly my husband was not one of them.

Mon, Mar 18 9:52pm · Does anyone know or have a INTRATHECAL PAIN PUMP? in Chronic Pain

My husband had a Medtronic pump implanted at Mayo in 2016 for late-stage cancer pain involving pathologically fractured ribs. The medicine they chose for him was morphine. The surgery was terribly hard on him and was to be a simple outpatient procedure, but he spent 4 days in the hospital, unable to recover from the general anesthesia. The morphine gave him little if any relief and finding a practitioner outside of the Mayo network to manage the dosage was nearly impossible. His health declined rapidly after the surgery and he lived for less than two months after that. I deeply regret putting him through that and have nothing positive to say about his experience with the pump. I hope others are having better results. The concept is good, though, but it's not for everyone.

Fri, Mar 15 7:09pm · Left Anterior Clinoid Meningioma Surgery in Brain Tumor

Hi… a family member had a meningioma treated at Mayo Rochester last August with the gamma knife. The procedure was a success, but she experienced significant post-procedure swelling about 4 months later and ended up having to go to the emergency room with a multitude of neurological symptoms. The steroids she had tapered off of were needed to be added back to control the swelling. She has had several more bouts of neuro symptoms each time the steroid was reduced. She is just coming back out of the hospital and rehab again on a new maintenance steroid plan. Her tumor was small enough to be a good gamma knife candidate. Not sure what the long-term plan will be. Hoping to find just the right dosing of steroids to control the swelling with out any significant side effects. She is a very young 81 years old.

Tue, Jan 8 6:23pm · Swelling following gamma knife procedure for meninigioma in Brain Tumor

A family member had gamma knife radiation at Mayo for a brain meningioma in August and recently had neuro episodes suspected to be post procedure swelling 5 months post procedure. Final tests and evaluations pending at Mayo. Anyone out there have experience with this?

Sun, Jan 6 8:07pm · Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma lawyer and law firms in Lung Cancer

It would be good to connect with law firms that support and promote the good advocacy work of the organizations Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation or the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization.

Oct 6, 2018 · pleurisy rub in Lung Health

Do you know the cause of your effusion? Is that underlying cause being treated or what did you do to reduce the fluid?

Aug 9, 2018 · Meningiomas. Gamma knife or Cyber Knife. Which is more effective ? in Brain Tumor

Hi…what "effects" did you experience? Thanks! I have a family member going under the gamma knife next week in Rochester.

Aug 9, 2018 · Gamma knife for meningiomas in Brain Tumor

I'm asking for a family member who has this procedure scheduled at Mayo next week.