If you’re living with severe or chronic pain, there may be alternatives to taking oral medications. At Space City Pain Specialists in Webster and Baytown, serving League City, Texas City, Clear Lake, Friendswood, Texas and surrounding areas, the experienced pain management specialists offer numerous solutions to ease your symptoms, including implantable pain pumps. To find relief for your chronic pain, call Space City Pain Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.
A pain pump is approximately the size of a hockey puck. Your doctor implants this device underneath your skin, typically in the abdominal area, and fills it with pain medication. The pump connects to a small tube, or catheter, that extends into the spinal space in your lower back.
Once the pain pump is implanted, your doctor programs it to deliver specific doses of medication on an hourly basis. Most pain pumps hold enough medicine for 3-4 months before needing refilling.
To refill your pain pump, your doctor simply injects more medication into the device using a central port beneath your skin.
There are several advantages to pain pumps. Not only are they the most effective and efficient way to administer consistent doses of pain medication, they also allow for targeted delivery.
Unlike oral pain medications that enter your body through the bloodstream and affect your entire body, pain pumps deliver precise amounts of drugs to specific parts of your spine. This targeted approach provides maximum relief while also minimizing the unwanted side effects of pain medication.
An additional benefit to pain pumps is that they can’t be manipulated to increase your medication dosage. Also, because they deliver your prescription directly to the primary nerves causing your pain, you typically find relief with significantly lower doses of medication.
The team at Space City Pain Specialists often recommends pain pumps to manage challenging conditions like complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). It was also the first practice in Texas to implement microdosing.
Microdosing is a specific protocol for administering medications using pain pumps. This approach is designed to simplify your treatment, improve your therapy, minimize your tolerance to drugs, and reduce hyperalgesia. Hyperalgesia is a condition that occurs when taking opiates leads you to grow more sensitive to pain.
The first phase of microdosing typically involves weaning you off opiate medication. Once your pain-relieving system returns to normal, your doctor uses the pain pump to introduce microdose levels of morphine into your spine to achieve dramatic pain-relieving results.
To see if a pain pump can relieve your severe or chronic pain, call Space City Pain Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.