About 20% of adults in the United States suffer from chronic pain. If you’ve tried various treatments with no significant improvement in your symptoms, you may benefit from a morphine pump. At Pain Medicine Inc in Lakeland, Florida, triple board-certified pain management specialist Saqib Khan, MD, uses advanced treatment techniques, including morphine pumps, to address and relieve chronic pain. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
A morphine pump is an implantable device that releases pain medication into your intrathecal space, a barrier around your spinal cord that contains fluid.
Morphine pumps are more effective than oral medications because they address the pain directly at its source. That enables them to provide relief at lower doses and with fewer side effects.
At Pain Medicine Inc, Dr. Khan implants the morphine pump in your body during a brief outpatient surgery. The pump connects to a catheter that releases small, prescribed doses of pain medication into your body.
Morphine pumps are programmable, allowing Dr. Khan to adjust your dosage as necessary. Once your pump runs out of medication, you return to Pain Medicine Inc for a refill.
Dr. Khan can determine if a morphine pump is the right choice for your condition. He regularly prescribes morphine pumps to assist patients living with multiple sclerosis.
During your initial consultation, he conducts a physical and neurological exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about lifestyle. Dr. Khan also asks about the type of pain you have, the severity of your symptoms, and your history with other treatments. If your pain doesn’t respond to conservative care or it continues to get worse, he recommends a trial period.
A trial period lasts for one to two weeks. During this time, you wear a morphine pump and keep a journal of its effect on your symptoms.
Morphine pumps are safe and usually well-tolerated. They first received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991. In the more than 25 years since, they’ve helped thousands of people worldwide achieve relief from chronic pain.
Dr. Khan monitors you throughout treatment to ensure you achieve the best possible results. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to speak up. Your well-being and comfort is Dr. Khan’s number one priority.
Many people experience significant relief from chronic pain following the implantation of a morphine pump. However, your symptoms may recur in the future. It’s important to remember that targeted drug therapy won’t eliminate the underlying cause of your discomfort or cure a disease.
A morphine pump isn’t a cure-all, but it may be able to ease your symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.
To learn more about the benefits of a morphine pump, schedule an appointment at Pain Medicine Inc. Call the office or book a consultation online today.