Pain relief through spinal drug delivery systems, also called intrathecal drug delivery systems, involves implanting a small pump or using a catheter that delivers medication directly to the spinal cord, where pain signals travel.
In many cases, spinal drug delivery systems are used to treat people who have cancer pain. They have also been used in people with chronic pain.
Maryann Lowry was 42 years old in 1995, when she woke up one morning with severe pelvic pain. She was diagnosed with vulvodynia -- which literally just means severe pain in the vulvar area. Today, 14 years later, she says that she’s “95% recovered” -- but the many years of dealing with chronic pain took its toll on her relationships, her personal life, and of course, her sex life.
“I thought, how am I going to keep my marriage together if I can’t have sex? It was more of a gift that I tried to give...
What Are the Advantages of Spinal Drug Delivery Systems?
Spinal drug delivery systems increase pain relief and comfort for people with severe pain with less medicine. In addition, the system can cause fewer side effects than oral medications because less medicine is required to control pain. People who have extreme pain can often improve their quality of life and become more involved in daily activities with the help of the systems.