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Do Pain Pumps Make You Tired Like Pain Meds?

Do Pain Pumps Make You Tired Like Pain Meds?

I am wondering if I trade from a spinal cord stimulator to a pain pump does it make an individual tired and lethargic like pain meds that are taken orally? I want to switch and have the nerve killed off. I do not care if the Sciatic nerve is cut. The damage is great and I have more pain from scar tissue than I do metal that is put in my back.

posted May 19, 2018
A MyChronicPainTeam Member

I had a pain pump for 13 years. You have much less side effects with a pain pump than with oral meds because the dose is much small. The dose is delivered right to the site of the pain, so you don't need as strong a dose.

When I was on orals, I was so stupid that I could barely stand myself. It was hard to even carry on a conversation and I never drove a car. Once I got on the pump, my life changed.

I hope this is helpful to you. Please feel free to ask me any pump questions. Jean

posted May 19, 2018
A MyChronicPainTeam Member

@A MyChronicPainTeam Member

The pain pump has it's pros and cons just like other treatments for pain. I got my first pump 14 years ago. At that time there were not many options and the pump served me well. Every 6 years you have to have surgery for a new pump as the battery wears out.

Once you a pump the is relatively easy. It has to be refilled periodically. That is done by inserting new medication through a port. The doctor adjusts the settings to me your needs. I did have some complications which is a bit disconcerting.

Today, if my pain returned to original high levels, I would consider the NCS first.

Hugs, jean

posted May 26, 2018
A MyChronicPainTeam Member

I am on my 4th pump. The pump itself doesn't make you tired but the medication may; either what's in the pump or the oral medication that is also being taken. For me it's Fentanyl in the pump and then Gabapentin and Zonisamide orally.

posted May 22, 2018
A MyChronicPainTeam Member

@A MyChronicPainTeam Member

I just googled the question about when neurostimulators can be removed. It appears that some people have them removed. Most often the reason is lack of pain control. I can only assume that the circumstances of your specific case must make it difficult.

Hugs Jean

posted May 26, 2018
A MyChronicPainTeam Member

Hi @A MyChronicPainTeam Member Is the pain pump for nerve pain? as I'm reducing pain meds and patch and pain pump sounds ideal. How is it administered? Thanks x

posted May 22, 2018

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