Gaining a Better Understanding a Pain Pump
Living every day in chronic pain is not something that anyone wants to do. However, the most traditional treatment methods involve having to take medication on a daily basis and sometimes even multiple times a day. Opting instead for a pain pump can bring along several advantages. Here's a look at some of the most common questions about pain pumps and the answers you should know.
Where is the pain pump placed?
A pain pump is actually placed in a small area in your abdomen where you will barely notice it is in place. The pump is attached to a very thin catheter that delivers the necessary medication to a specific area around your spine or your spinal cord so the relief will be automatically released into your bloodstream.
Who is a good candidate for a pain pump?
Individuals who have tried other types of pain management therapy or treatment and the treatment has not been successful are usually good candidates for pain pump therapy. Pain pumps are not recommended for people who are dependent on pain medication or who have psychological problems. In addition, people who have certain types of medical conditions cannot have a pain pump placed because it is a surgical procedure.
Can a pain pump be used for migraine treatment?
It is actually really uncommon for a pain pump to be used for migraine treatment for a few different reasons. Pain pumps are designed to continuously deliver medication to your system, and migraines can be a periodic problem that is not always present. However, there are certain medical conditions that can cause constant migraines. In these cases, a pain pump may be a viable solution.
Alternatives for chronic pain management do exist beyond simply taking medication daily. If you would like to learn more about how a pain pump could change your life, reach out to us at The Wellspring Clinic for more information.