Could this system be modified to treat chronic pain ?

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The Omnipod® System provides all the benefits of insulin pump therapy while providing more flexibility and freedom than other traditional tubed pumps.

Customizable insulin delivery settings to give you what you need, when you need it.

Insulin pumps work by continuously delivering insulin at set and variable rates, mimicking the insulin release of a healthy pancreas. The Omnipod® System delivers insulin in two ways:

  • Basal rate: A small, constant supply of insulin is delivered automatically at a personalized, preset rate around the clock.
  • Bolus: Additional doses of insulin can be delivered when you need them, either around mealtime or to correct high blood glucose.

When opiates are given IM/SubQ… they become FIVE TIMES the potency of oral dosing.

This is a new system and I have previously dealt with ambulatory pumps… works in similar ways but are about the size of a large beeper, using a butterfly needle.  They have been around for years.

I am sure that this system would not be right for everyone… but… given the potential for a chronic pain pts to cut their opiate mgs/day by 80%. The pt would get a “smoother” blood level of opiates… fewer/no peaks/valleys as oral dosing provides… less/no break thru pain …

2 Responses

  1. Diabetics love these pumps. It’s a life changer for them. GREAT idea

  2. I think this is an excellent idea! I’d go for it- ESPECIALLY if it would potentially cut my dosage and keep me from having any spikes in pain. Also, it would help my constant state of dehydration due to me crying in pain all the time. (Okay, I was exaggerating. I don’t cry ALL the time. Just some of the time.)

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