The human body is truly amazing and one of the many ways in which it cares for us on a day-to-day basis is when we experience pain. It is a normal response to much of the stimuli in the world around us and regardless of whether we are touching a hot stove for cutting our finger with a knife, the pain that we experience tells our brain that something has gone wrong and it needs to be corrected. That is the way things are supposed to work.
Unfortunately, many people end up dealing with a chronic form of pain and this can be a very difficult situation to manage. Chronic pain can occur for any number of different reasons, including illness and injury and for some people, it is an ongoing problem and nobody understands why it is occurring. Looking to some of the solutions that are available for chronic pain may include medication, but that can produce limited results and also comes with a significant amount of potential side effects as well. That is why your doctor may decide that an intrathecal pump implant is the best option.
The intrathecal pump implant is more than just another option that can help to limit pain, it is something they can actually deliver a significant amount of pain reduction in a very short amount of time. The pump is installed into the area of the spinal cord where the pain is radiating from. That area of the spinal cord may be involved in some of the chronic pain we are experiencing and sometimes, we may continue to experience it for no reason at all. Rather than allowing this to go on indefinitely, the intrathecal pump delivers medication directly to the area where the pain signals originate.
Some people try to avoid medication because they are concerned over side effects or becoming addicted to the drug. This is an excellent solution, because it allows a minimal amount of medication to be delivered directly to the area rather than having to take a larger amount orally. As a result, you typically have fewer side effects with this type of treatment and those side effects can include sleepiness, vomiting and then upset stomach. In addition, since you are delivering the medication directly to the area that is experiencing the pain and other symptoms, you get relief almost instantaneously.
As is the case with any type of surgical procedure, there are certain risks involved with having an intrathecal implant installed. Those risks can include bleeding, infection, itching, nausea, problems with drainage, inflammation, headaches and even additional pain. That is why it is important to discuss this procedure with a medical professional that truly understands what he is doing. For those who live throughout the Dallas Metroplex, an appointment with Dr. Dickerman is one of the best options you have available. He can help you with your difficulty and provide you with solutions that can really work.