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Pain Pump (Overview)

Pain pumps are electric, battery powered or newer spring loaded devices used to administer pain medications. These can include intravenous or peri neural locations and can infuse narcotics, anti inflammatory medicines or local anesthetics. They can be set to allow for patient control or be controlled by trained personnel. They can range in size and even be implanted subcutaneously!


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What is a pain pump for surgery?

What is a pain pump for surgery?

LOCAL ANESTHESIA: Usually, a surgeon will inject local anesthetic to numb the skin before making an incision for surgery so you have less pain. A pain pump contains local anesthetic that is slowly, continuously pumped in by pressure thru a little tube to hopefully decrease the pain in the area of the surgery. It often is helpful to decrease the amount of oral pain medicine you need after surgery. ...Read more

Pain Pump (Overview)

Pain pumps are electric, battery powered or newer spring loaded devices used to administer pain medications. These can include intravenous or peri neural locations and can infuse narcotics, anti inflammatory medicines or local anesthetics. They can be set to allow for patient control or be controlled by trained personnel. They can range in size and even be implanted subcutaneously!


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Can you tell me more about pain pumps and spine stimulator's?

Can you tell me more about pain pumps and spine stimulator's?

These are ways of: Treating severe chronic pain when all else had failed with pumps being used primarily in cancer treatment ; spastic conditions through the administration of drugs directly to spinal region with spinal cord stimulators used primarily for pain in limbs after failed back surgery, peripheral neuropathy, phantom limb pain, rsd or crps, certain bladder conditions -both treatments require a trial first. ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use pain medication as directed
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Avoid fast movements
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See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
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Do you think it is safe for me to get surgery on my back to remove my herniated disks or to be put on a pain pump the pain meds they have me on bother?

Do you think it is safe for me to get surgery on my back to remove my herniated disks or to be put on a pain pump the pain meds they have me on bother?

Careful: I would educate yourself to all options for back pain. Therapy, chiropractor, meds, injections, radio frequency, spinal cord stimulation are all less invasive than pain pumps and or surgery. Find a good surgeon and pain medicine doctor and ask lots if questions. Good luck and be careful. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the risks of having a intrathecal pain pump?

Can you tell me about the risks of having a intrathecal pain pump?

Intrathecal pump : Intrathecal therapy risks may be related to implantation, drug filling, drug side effects and chronic placement within the subarachnoid space. Implant risks may include bleeding, infection, nerve/spinal cord injury, etc. Drug refills may be associated with misplacement & toxicity/overdose. Chronic placement can lead to granuloma formation at the catheter tip resulting neurological deficits. ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try to determine the cause
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Write down severity, duration, location (front/back of knee, etc.)
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, bag of frozen peas, etc.
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See a doctor
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How does a pain pump work after nephrectomy?

How does a pain pump work after nephrectomy?

Usually a pain: Pump infuses local anesthetic into the skin layers at the incision. The medication numbs, thereby decreasing incisional pain. It facilitates recovery. ...Read more

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My brother was offered an intrathecal pain pump for germ cell cancer with mets in his pelvis, back, spine, lung, and liver. What are pros and cons?

My brother was offered an intrathecal pain pump for germ cell cancer with mets in his pelvis, back, spine, lung, and liver.  What are pros and cons?

Pain relief: Sorry to hear you brother is so sick. The pump is a good alternative as it will provide constant and measured pain relief. Risks are mostly associated with the actual process of implantation (any surgical procedure has risks like infection, pain, etc.). Discuss with his physicians your concerns. ...Read more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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Broke neck in 5 places stillin a lot of pain think about a pain pump are there flaws with this?

Broke neck in 5 places stillin a lot of pain think about a pain pump are there flaws with this?

Not recommended: The problem with pain pumps is that the patient's satisfaction will decrease dramatically and become very low after few years of use. I commonly put pain pumps in cancer patient because of their limited longevity (they are more likely to die before the satisfaction decreases), however, i don't recommend pain pumps for management of non cancer related pain. This is especially true in young patients. ...Read more

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