I’ve been getting quite a few inquiries about my intrathecal pain pump so I thought I would start posting “Questions and Answers” here!
I wanted to ask — how do they get the medication in your pump?
How often do you have to get your pump refilled ?
My refills are done through my abdomen, right over the pump. My nurse finds the little rubber port under my skin and gently guides the needle in through my skin. It doesn’t hurt, especially after all the surgeries and other painful “treatments” I’ve been through!!
The pump is actually a metal circular shape, the size of a hockey puck! Depending on how much medication you use. This is all programmed by a computer that monitors amount and flow rate of medications.
For information and pictures that show the pump, go to:
More Questions and Answers:
Where in your abdomen is the pump located?It is implanted under the skin and subcutaneous tissue on the left side of my abdomen. I can feel the metal rim start about 3 inches from my belly button and the far edge is right over my left hip bone.
Does it stick out? Does it show under your clothing?
How long did it take to get used to having a pump?
What medication is in your pump? Or is there more than one medication?