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.
Not long after her daughter was born in 1999, Sherrie Sisk began
experiencing debilitating episodes of pain that left her feeling like she’d
been run over by a truck.
“It was like the worst flu aches and pains you could ever imagine,” she
says. A few months later, she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain
condition characterized by fatigue and pain, particularly focused around
certain “tender points” in the body.
Ten years later, she’s learned to live with her condition -- and her
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.