Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS A CORTISOL PUMP?

Technically is no such thing as a cortisol pump. It is an insulin pump that has been filled with SoluCortef instead of insulin. Currently, there is no product labeled a “cortisol pump,” but that doesn’t negate the benefit the pump can bring to corticosteroid dependents.image

Does the pump attach to your skin?
Yes. The inset has a small needle that puts a tiny cannula into your body. The cannulas are teflon or metal and come in different sizes and angles. Which kind you need/like depends on your body type and personal preference. See the recources page for more info.

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Do you wear it all the time?
Yes. Most pumps are at least water resistant, but some DO need to be removed or protected from water. Others are safe for showering or swimming. Mine is a Tandem T-Slim, which is waterproof (Tested to 3 feet for 30 minutes (IPX7 rating) ) I do shower with it, and of couse I sleep with it on. Click here to check out the resources page for tips and products for wearing the pump.

Does it hurt?
If you’re doing it right, no. It doesn’t hurt. The needle that inserts the cannula is tiny. The cannula is even smaller, if you’ve inserted it correctly, and got it in a good place, it shouldn’t hurt. Many insets have auto-inserters, these do all the work for you. Its convenient, and I barely feel anything. If it DOES hurt you, there may be a problem you need to address.

Who is your Endocrinologist?

This information would not benefit you, as my endocrinolgists were zero help at all with the cortisol pump. I got the “I’ll research it.” and nothing more from them. I’ve done all of this myself with my primary doctor’s support and guidance from other HC pumpers.

If you have any general questions about the pump, please drop me a comment and I will do my best to answer you, and add your question here. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I have a question dose cortisol pump measure cortisol and then adjust amount on itself of how much need to be injected ?

    It is very important for me because I have cortisol jumps once to high once to low, therefore is impossible to treat me.

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    • Hi Natalia,

      The cortisol pump does not measure your cortisol. There is no technology outside of a laboratory that can measure cortisol. This is one of the biggest obstacles to managing adrenal insufficiency, whether it be with pills or a pump, we are all left to guess how much medication we need.

      It’s actually very common for cortisol levels to fluctuate as your body reacts to stress. This does not make you impossible to treat. Difficult yes, but adrenal insufficiency is almost always difficult.

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