Posted 2/22/2021 6:56 AM (GMT -7)
Yes, you are correct about the drs always starting patients off at a lower dose in pumps, I've yet to find a dr that does not do this. This is the purpose of increasing the dosage. Your dr does things a little different, most drs will increase the pump at 2 week intervals at first. It sounds like your dr is open to increasing it too.
about the difference in medications. Oral medications have fillers, IV & shots are diluted. The medications in pumps are not diluted, no saline added, it's in pure form. It would be like comparing apples to oranges.This is why the start low & increase.
I am a little confused. With the dose you are getting now, does it make you feel drowsy or loopy? Is your pain constant or just when the ice pick pain hits? If you are not feeling loopy, why in the world would you consider asking the dr to lower the dose, that makes no sense.
Yes, it can take up to 6 months for some people to hit their perfect number. Everyone reacts differently & it depends on their pain tolerance.
The Texas weather messed everything up for people. Once you get your PTM & use it for a bit, if you are not any better contact your dr & get seen. Pain pumps can be a wonderful tool to lower pain & give a person a much better quality of life. I have a feeling you had in mind once the medication was put in your pump that the pain would be gone. You may end up only needing one or two increases who knows. It's up to you to keep the dr informed on how well the pump is or is not working. I will caution you, even with a pump do not expect to be completely pain free. That is the first thing my dr told me, it's about lowering the pain level to help a person function better & have better quality of life.
This forum is slow, however, I am more than willing to post with you any time.