Thanks for your response. I checked out the site, and the pump efficacy is 80-100%; it's the neurostimulator that's around 60%.
Also, I have the IPS already, so it's a done deal. I just need to learn what works. What I read and was told is that it takes 6 months to a year to get to the correct dosage. Because of my allergies/drug sensitivities, the doctor is slowly increasing the dose to be safe. I choose this system bec. I can tolerate morphine, but not much else in the drug arsenal.
After 3 months, I would recommend IPS to others. My activity level has increased while my pain has decreased.View Thread
As mentioned, pain control if different for everyone. I decided on the IPS because I am allergic to anti-inflammatories (tried a lot of them), Lyrica at a very low dose sent me to the ER, and I don't do well with anti-depressants. Let's just say I have a lot of drug allergies/intolerances.
My question was about the IPS bolus dose and its effectiveness. I am still taking Norco for breakthrough pain, but the goal is to eventually need only the IPS boluses. I am currently tapering off of the Norco.
So is there anyone else using IPS who can answer the question about the approximate length of time it takes for one to feel the effects of the extra dosing?
I had a pump implanted in Dec 2012. Because I choose to be part of a trial for a new pump by Infusion Systems, there is more to do during an appt. than otherwise, so there is not much time left for questions.
I can give myself a bolus dose, but I don't appear to get much relief from pain. I read last night it can take 1-2 hours for the dose to be effective. I am curious as to what others have experienced about these extra doses. Even though this is a trial pump, it is very similar to the Medtronic pump, so I would expect the extra dosing to be similar.
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