Living With the Therapy
While a baclofen pump (ITB therapy) can help improve your severe spasticity through medication, you play an important role in your own treatment.
The following guidelines will help you maximise the benefit from your baclofen pump:
Your doctor may recommend that you restrict activity for 6 to 8 weeks after your surgery. As you become more active, discuss your level and type of activity with your doctor. Follow his or her suggestions about work, sexual activity, travel, recreation, hobbies, and exercise.
Talk with your doctor if you perform any excessive or repetitive activities that may damage your programmable pump and catheter. Certain activities that can increase or decrease the flow rate of your pump are also potentially dangerous.
Tell your doctor if you plan to travel. If necessary, he or she will adjust your pump refills to prevent serious injury or death from a travel-related change in your treatment.
People who live or travel at high altitudes are often exposed to lower air pressures for long periods of time. This continued exposure can increase the flow rate of the pump. If your doctor determines an increase in flow rate might pose a significant risk to you, he or she can adjust your infusion prescription accordingly.
Tell your other doctors and your dentist about your baclofen pump before you have any medical or dental procedures. Certain procedures could affect your safety or the performance of the pump.
Electromagnetic interference from sources such as diagnostic ultrasound, mobile phones and microwave ovens is unlikely to affect your baclofen pump. There are exceptions, however. For more information consult the pump patient manual or talk to your doctor.
If you no longer need the pump or change your mind about the pain treatment, your doctor can turn it off or remove the system completely.
Those who suffer from severe spasticity and their family caregivers can share experiences, offer support, and better understand the challenges of living with spasticity.
Helpful resources include:
Advocacy groups offer further information, support, and volunteer opportunities for those affected by stroke. For more information, contact the National Stroke Foundation Australia.
This website is intended to be educational and is not to be used as a diagnostic tool. It is not intended to replace the information provided to you by your healthcare providers and does not constitute medical advice. The information may not be directly applicable for your individual clinical circumstance. Please talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.