I am a little confused at what your dr is telling you about pumps. But, I will tell you this if a dr is not knowledgable about pumps 500% then they are failures for the patient. Not only must they know these pumps but they must be as educated in medications as a pharmacist. I have been on the wrong end of the stick with a PM dr that did not know either of these things and I paid a high price for his lack of knowledge. I am not trying to be sarcastic or anything like that, but your dr just does not know much about pumps and many don't, even the ones that say they do, lol.
I have no clue about the hormone thing your dr is speaking of. I do know men as well as women have pumps and have some quality of life because of the pump. People can develop what is called a granuloma at the tip of the catheter. This is a very serious problem and if this happens the pump must come out immediately, and the chances of ever having a pump again are pretty slim. The studies have shown that people that develop these granulomas are generally caused by using the wrong medications in the pump or they are on very high doses of medication. With the pump the patient actually receives less medication than what they were on orally. This is why it is so important that a dr knows these pumps like the back of his/her hand. I now have a dr that fits that bill and she does her own compound mixing there in her office.
Having a pump comes with its own set of drawback just like anything else. Would I do it again, you bet. I have a life now, I didn't have much of one a little over a year ago. Sad part is I have had my pump since 05 and just in the last year that it is being used as it as designed. I do plan on having another pump put in when my battery is ready to be replaced. I cannot imagine trying to exist like I did before, actually, I am not sure I could. Another big factor with pumps is, trying to find another dr to take over your care is nearly impossible but it is doable. I am guessing it is liability issues as to why other PM dr won't take a pump patient on. But, if someone were to ask me I will tell them the pump is the best thing there is for pain control.
Glad to hear you are feeling somehwat better with the virus. Gawd, those things are just awful. Take care and keep posting.
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.