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TDoern
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   Posted 6/16/2008 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry to vent so much, but while I'm normally pretty good natured, and from what I've been told handle my pain better than most - I'm virtually breaking down.

about two weeks ago my pain started to get worse, and worse. (A short explanation, my new pain doc got sick, and is out for six to eight weeks, so I saw a new doc last time). Well the new doc didn't have a way to elave a message so I left a message with the old docs assistant last monday - it said to allow 48 hours for them to get back - on friday I called and was put through to the new doc's assistant. Who told me that she would try to get through to me by friday night. Nothing - all weekend the pain got worse and worse - to the point that I actually wondered how many sleeping pills I could take to sleep through the day so I wouldn't hurt. I spent half of yesterday in tears.

So I call again today, and am given the impression that the new doc doesn't work, so her assitant doesn't either (not sure if thats the truth) but it sound like it. So the person on the phone asked what was going on, I told her, she spoke to someone who said they could give an appointment but don't have any until July - and they didnt want me in pain that long - so to goto the ER. She said the ER could call them, if nothing else they needed to fax over the report to them.

I've avoided goign to the ER as I'm scared to death of being labeled a drug seeker. I'm scared of them telling me they can't help me and to go home. I mean they aren't going to give me strong pain medication I'm sure - so I just don't see what they can do. I have to wait for my husband to get home at the least because I know I can't drive, and I feel bad for wasting his evening.

I was feeling so good about this pain place utnil today - I'd even asked my husband if he could take time off in case they asked me to come in right away for something.

It doesn't help that the last time I was in this much pain they found out that the L3-L4 has problems, now I'm scared that I've injured something else. I'm not even getting relief while sleeping anymore, I just dream about the pain in one form or another. Being in a car crash, having someone repeatedly stab me in the back, stuff like that. I'm sorry for whining I just feel like I'm reaching the end of my rope. I can handle the pain okay normally, it's just it's been really bad for two weeks and I don't feel like I have any energy left to fight it with.

tammy
"When we come to the edge of the light we know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, of one thing we can be sure; either God will provide something solid to stand on... or we will be taught to fly.'"

"Cause when push comes to shove You taste what you're made of, You might bend, till you break Cause its all you can take; On your knees you look up Decide you've had enough, You get mad you get strong Wipe your hands shake it off, Then you Stand" From "Stand" by Rascal Flatts
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Dx.: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Ulcerlative Colitis, Chronic Inflammation of the Colon, Ruptured & Fused L4-L5-S1 w/pinched nerves, Degenerative Disc Disease, Chronic Costochondritis, Back Muscle Spasms, Asthma, Benign Tremmors (hands)


Toritoo
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   Posted 6/16/2008 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tammy,
I'm so sorry for your problems right now, at the very least I've always been able to escape the pain by sleeping but not with those dreams. I really don't have any advice for you and I am sorry about that but if venting helps well you just vent as much as you want. Thats what we're here for. Good luck honey I hope you get the relief you deserve and soon.

Tori

Lindaloo
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   Posted 6/16/2008 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Tammy,

It sounds like you are having a time of it. I'm so sorry.

I do think you should go to the ER. You don't know what they can do for you until you give it a try. They don't treat everyone like they are drug seekers. You are counting on failing before you even try and that's not good.

Also be careful with the sleeping pills. You don't want to trade one problem for another. Continue to post and tell us how you are feeling. I, for one, care very much and I know I am not alone. There are a lot of caring people who will respond to your needs. Just give us a try.

With regard to your dreaming about your accident, you may be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. I am not an expert, but it sounds like your pain is taking over you and your days and nights. You need someone to talk to. Ever thought of a counselor? Well, just a suggestion.

One more suggestion, call your doctor and ask if they have a cancellation list that you could be put on, so you don't have to wait until July.

Hope some or any of this helps you. I do care.

Gentle Hugs,

Lindaloo
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Mami0704
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   Posted 6/16/2008 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Tammy I agree with Lindaloo. I'd try going to the ER. You never know until you try and I think it is pretty hard to look a person in the face when they are crying because of pain and tell them they're just seeking drugs. I was in a similar situation once where the pain was unbearable but I'm afraid of hospitals that I just stuck it out. I thought I was going to die of pain! Don't do that to yourself. Worst case scenario they do find another thing wrong with you, but then they can treat you for it and begin to make you feel better. Please don't suffer in pain and consider going to the ER for help.

Chutz
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   Posted 6/16/2008 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Ditto...please try the ER. Tell them your doctor sent you over since you can't get an appointment. The next thing I'd do is show up at that doc office and politely demand some help. They left you out in the cold and if you've been taking any narcotic pain med it's dangerous for you to go cold turkey. They could have a massive law suit on their hands if they keep doing business this way.

Then, if it were ornery old me, I'd be on the phone to the state level for medical licensing or some similar office. Contact the local hospital for information on who to contact, write your local legislator...I did that recently over a different issue and because it's election season they are popping out of the woodwork to help. One is coming to my home tomorrow and I just got off the phone with yet another. There is help ... you just need to know where to turn. If all else fails or you can't even bear to make the calls, make one call to the Red Cross and ask for help.

Keep us posted,
Chutz
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PAlady
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   Posted 6/16/2008 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Tammy,
I like everyone else am so sorry you're having to go through this. But I agree going the ER is worth it. Tell them your doc told you to go, which is true. If you go during the day then your doc's office should be open and they could call to verify that you're a pain patient if need be. Doctors can get through to another doc's office quite rapidly - unlike when we try.

I also agree with a lot of Lindaloo's suggestions regarding the sleeping pills, and considering a counselor.

We are here. Please, take care.

PaLady

DiLane
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 68
   Posted 6/16/2008 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry that this is happening to you. In a country where we don't allow our pets to suffer, it boggles my mind that a human being is treated this way. It's inhumane. Why do you assume the ER will treat you like a drug seeker? People go there in pain all the time. This is such nonsense, the way the system has everyone so afraid to be treated, for PAIN, no less. You know, it just makes me crazy. The best of luck to you.

Boxerlover
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 273
   Posted 6/16/2008 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Tammy, I hope tonight finds you feeling better or at least getting some sleep. I'm sorry you are feeling so bad. These docs need to make better arrangements for when they are gone.  Getting a doc to cover who won't deal with pain meds or help is crazy.  I so know what you mean about the dreams.  I can't tell you how many dreams I have of being in pain or not being able to breath(I have an auto-immune disease that effects my lungs). It does wear you down.

<<hugs>>

Melissa


Morgoth
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   Posted 6/16/2008 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
ER is the best solution. Surely they can check if need be that your other doctor's aren't available. Sleeping pills are dangerous. GO to the ER ad let the pros handle it.
To stand and be still at the Birkenhead Drill is a mighty bullet to shew.


nvrthesame98
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   Posted 6/17/2008 2:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Tammy. Just wondering if things have gotten better or if you went to the ER. I am hoping that is what you did and thus the reason for not posting. I did want to say that if your Doc is out for whatever reason for that length of time then the ER staff would most likely be aware of that and be prepared to treat that Docs patients in need knowing it takes time to get another Doc to see you even in the same office since they have patients of their own to follow as well as the out sick Doc.

Maybe going could at least buy you a shot to help sleep it off for even a night as that would give your body some time to recoup for more battle?

Let us know something as soon as your up to it please and hoping your getting some relief.
NVR
 
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TDoern
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 495
   Posted 6/17/2008 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I just wanted to let everyone know I'm doing okay.

I have yet to go into the ER, but I do realize that I have to. The pain got a little better yesterday after spending pretty much the whole day laying down and not doing much of anything. When the pain gets worse at all I'll be going in. Hubby even said to call him at work and he'll be home as soon as he can get here to take me in.

Admittedly I haven't read all the responses - I'm still having trouble thinking clearly through the pain so they won't make a great deal of sense right now.

Someone I think said something about my meds being stopped? Or something? That hasn't been done. I'm still taking the Kadian every twelve hours, and I have three 5/325 percocet to take a day as needed it's just the perc's don't seem to be helping noticably. I've been on the same dosage for nearly 8 years so I think that has something to do with it. And I do plan on bringing that up when I go in.

I just wanted to say thanks again, as I said I haven't read all the responses, but I appreciate knowing you guys care. It means quite a bit to see so many of you offering care.

Thanks,
Tammy
"When we come to the edge of the light we know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, of one thing we can be sure; either God will provide something solid to stand on... or we will be taught to fly.'"

"Cause when push comes to shove You taste what you're made of, You might bend, till you break Cause its all you can take; On your knees you look up Decide you've had enough, You get mad you get strong Wipe your hands shake it off, Then you Stand" From "Stand" by Rascal Flatts
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Dx.: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Ulcerlative Colitis, Chronic Inflammation of the Colon, Ruptured & Fused L4-L5-S1 w/pinched nerves, Degenerative Disc Disease, Chronic Costochondritis, Back Muscle Spasms, Asthma, Benign Tremmors (hands)


ryand
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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 6/17/2008 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Tammy:

I hope you are at the ER being cared for or home resting after by now. I know why you struggle with this, as I've been in that position too. Many of us have, but once you get behind the pain there is almost no way to get ahead again w/o some sort of intervention. I have had both good and bad experiences with treatment at the ER, but usually it is good there. I also think that at the very least, the trip to the ER will help to support you when you discuss the need for a med change with your doc.

Best wishes to you dear.
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