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kttn251977
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   Posted 2/15/2009 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
oh my friends, i have been holed up in the hospital the past few days. appearantly i have appendicitis. nothing i need to be cut open for thank goodness. but let me tell you about the treatment....
i was given dilaudid for pain (iv) & i was lectured about my meds from 2 drs & 5 nurses..... i wanted to say shut your bleeping mouth up, i am so tired of hearing it... yes i know, its strong meds, yes i know i am young, yes i know the side effects, yes i know how addictive it can be....... no lie guys they ALL gave me that speech. i wanted to cry they were all treating me feel so badly.... but the worst part was the way they would look at me, like they were going to catch me in a lie or something. leave me alone and please just attend to my appendix. i could barely get my BT pain meds, I had 2 doses in 2 days.... normally i would have had 10.
why does the medical profession have to be that way? i'm human too. i don't like taking anymore than anyone else does.
RX's: Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Oxycodone 30mg 5xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed); Amitriptyline 25mg 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Abilify 5mgs at bedtime (depression); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
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shannon1
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   Posted 2/15/2009 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
OH NO, im so sorry to hear this happened. I know exactly how you feel unfortunatly.

I am hospitalized every few months due to my ulcerative colitis and my chronic ovarian cysts (not anymore since my hysterectomy!!!!) During my last stay for my hysterectomy, they were horrible to me. My surgeon knows all about my medical history and ordered dilauded 2-4mg every 2 hrs around the clock. Meaning, it was suppose to be given every 2 hrs on the dot. Not me having to call for it when i was in pain. Some nurses did it, and most would go aganist doctors orders and make me literally beg for it. It is sooooooo sad.

I hope you recover soon and get the heck out of there! In the meantime, try to take a deep breath and forget what they think, you know the truth and that is all that counts!
Jan. 2009, complete hysterectomy, diagnosed stage 4 endometriosis & adenomyosis (age 36)
2003, dx moderate UC
2000, dx selective IGA deficiency w/ anti IGA antibodies
2000, dx Antipholipid Antibody Syndrome
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1977, complete reconstruction of foot after lawnmower accident (chronic pain)
 
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Chartreux
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   Posted 2/15/2009 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh my Gosh Kttn:
So very sorry you were treated badly! Hospitals need to have a class about how to treat patient's, as
this should've never had happened to you or to you shannon1...
Soft hugz to ya both...Hope you'll be feeling better soon kttn and
keep us posted when you can will says a prayer for you.....
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PAlady
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   Posted 2/15/2009 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Kttn,
I wish I could make it all better for you. I'm so sorry you had to undergo that. It sounds like you're back home now - I sure hope so.

It also helps if you have a friend or relative who might be able to say something on your behalf. We're so vulnerable in a hospital, it's scary!

PaLady

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 2/15/2009 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
And you all wonder why I don't go to the hospital when my pain gets really bad. Now you see why. Soft hugs Kttn I am so sorry this happened to you hun. Feel better.

Scarred
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skeye
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   Posted 2/15/2009 8:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Aw, kttn, I'm so sorry everyone was so nasty too you! Clearly you have a legit reason to be on pain meds, and are being treated by a doctor. There is really no need for them to bug you about something that they are not prescribing nor treating you for. You shouldn't have to feel guilty or bad about something that you need. The stigma surrounding pain medications is just horrible. Hopefully you are home now, feeling better, and will never have to see those docs or nurses again.

Skeye

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 2/15/2009 9:56 PM (GMT -7)   
kttn ...
I'm sorry for the treatment you got in the hospital. We're so vulnerable
in the hospital - not exactly the time to be assertive about what is ours and
what is not their business. (Except to measure their meds a bit more carefully)
I think doctors may get nervous that they will prescribe too much. Not sure.

I've been given that kind of lecture three times. Once by a dentist. And
the other two have been this month: a pharmacist and an Internist I was
trying out. I wonder if they know something we don't know.

Kinda scary.

The Oxy's and Methadone seem to be the ones they have the most trouble
with.

Pamela

Hello~Kitty
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   Posted 2/16/2009 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
kttn, I know how you feel. A couple years ago I was sick with severe stomach pain and vomiting so I went to the ER at like 3am cause I was vomiting for 10 hours straight (of course by then nothing was coming up so it hurt even more) and I told the triage that I was taking methadone (because they needed to know of course) and the doctor walked in my room and the first thing out of her mouth was "we dont do refills on methadone here". i was so mad cause I wasnt there for no refills, I was there cause I couldnt stop vomiting and I have a history of pancreatitas because I have pancreatic divisum which is a scary thing to have. They finally gave me something for nausea after waiting 6 hours, which for some reason didnt work. So I was laying there still vomiting and the doctor came back in saying that my tests where negative for pancreatitas and said there was nothing else they could do and discharged me, even though I was vomiting while she was talking to me. And I really beleived that they would have treated me better if it wasnt for the methadone I was on, because she gave me a big lecture on pain meds. I never once said I needed any refills or asked for anything for pain eventhough I did tell them that my pain on the pain scale was high, but obvously couldnt care less. I felt like it was torture, and still scares me til this day if that ever happens again eventhough I'm not taking methadone anymore, taking Suboxone sometimes can bring a whole set of it's own problems with it. But I hope you get better, being in pain and being treated like a criminal for it just isnt fair!!

-hellokitty
I have Migraines, Pancreatic Divisum, Severe lower back pain (possibly turned to arthiritis from lack of treatment), Fibromyalgia, Asthma, Depression w/Anxiety/panic, had glallbladder stones at 14yrs old, gallbladder removed at 15yrs old, 2 severe car accidents in '05
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uniquelyme
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   Posted 2/16/2009 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
You have appendicitis but they aren't operating? What is up with that? I thought you had to get it taken out or it would burst and cause all kinds of problems?

Me.
 
We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
 
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kttn251977
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   Posted 2/16/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Nope, not really. my appendix is apx 1" away from the required 9" for surgery, so basically its inflamed. Just some r & r, lots of laxatives & the pain meds & antibiotics were given via IV.
RX's: Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Oxycodone 30mg 5xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed); Amitriptyline 25mg 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Abilify 5mgs at bedtime (depression); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil


mom9mom
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   Posted 2/17/2009 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Kttn will this treatment cure it or will the appendix get bad again in the future?????
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Surgery to fuse L3 and L4 vertabra Dec. 31,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


kttn251977
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   Posted 2/18/2009 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Not sure, the surgeon really made me mad, I got the lecture from him about my pain meds..... (sighs) I did explain I was going on the pain pump soon. He said that due to the chronic constipation it often causes your bowels to push against your appendix. Wild huh? So I am now on 4 different meds for constipation. Hopefully not. But I have had stomach issues for awhile. I had an incident about a year or so ago where they couldn't rule if it was my appendix or diverticulitis.... so it may have been my appendix all this time. I am definitely going to get a 2nd opinion. Thanks all for all the wonderful well wishes!!
RX's: Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Oxycodone 30mg 5xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed); Amitriptyline 25mg 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Abilify 5mgs at bedtime (depression); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil


mom9mom
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   Posted 2/18/2009 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I just do not understand why your DR. doesn`t take it out if he knows there is a problem with it.It is not a organ that you need and if it gets real sick you could die.My surgeon took out my gallbladder even though it was not infected at that time because I have had problems with it in the past and it became septic when I was in I.C.U. and was so sick that if he would have taken it out then I would have died.He felt that it would end up septic again with time.I would guess that in time your appendix will do the same thing.Glade that you are getting a second opinion.
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Surgery to fuse L3 and L4 vertabra Dec. 31,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


kttn251977
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   Posted 2/18/2009 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I had almost the same experience as you with my gallbladder, I kept thinking I was pregnant from the back pain & nausea.... lol. Then just fainted one day. Woke up the next day in the hospital & it was out within the week. I had to have a specialist flown in because it was in my small intestine which is fatal as well. Too funny. Did they have to retrieve any through your mouth? (blech!) My friend also has a rare gallbladder surgery, she had 2 bile ducts..... funny, huh? I thought the same thing about my appendix, I told him to take it out if he needed to. actually I guess I need to see a GI dr for that? Thanks for the concern mom9mom... :)
RX's: Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Oxycodone 30mg 5xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed); Amitriptyline 25mg 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Abilify 5mgs at bedtime (depression); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil


straydog
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   Posted 2/19/2009 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Kttn, I do hope you will consult with another dr about your appendix situation. What you need is to obtain your records from the hospital admisson. A general surgeon is who normally removes the appendix, same as with a gallbladder provided it is a routine surgery. When I had my emergency small bowel resection in Mexico they initially thought it was my appendix and took them out only to find out they were normal. It wasn't until the dr opened me up lower that he found the mess inside.

I nearly lost my daughter who was 12 at the time from her appendix that had ruptured and she had become septic. She had been having horrible attacks for almost a year. We were in the military then and the idiot drs all said there was nothing wrong with her except she was doing this for attention. Oh, to this day I would still like to mow those drs down and the idiot nurses.

She had an attack and I was at my wits end and took her to a civilian dr who immeditely called the childrens hospital for her to be admitted thru er. They didn't even take the time to do labs on her because time was very critical. From the time we actually got to er she was in surgery in less than 30 minutes, they did not play around. Nothing worse than being told by a dr your child may not make it thru the night. She was a fighter and she made it thru but it was sure rough going. So, please don't mess around with this....Susie


kttn251977
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   Posted 2/19/2009 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I won't Susie, I have been having stomach pains for about a year, thinking it was diverticulitis. Do I need a GI DR? or a PCP?
RX's: Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Oxycodone 30mg 5xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed); Amitriptyline 25mg 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Abilify 5mgs at bedtime (depression); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil


mom9mom
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   Posted 2/19/2009 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Kttn no thay did not have to remove any through my mouth but because of all of the abdominal surgery that I have had in the last year my surgery was a open surgery and not the one that you in up with 3 or 4 little holes.My surgeon is a bariatric surgeon.He has done all of the surgery that I have had this year except the fusion on my back.Straydog how much of your small bowel do you still have?They removed about half of mine.The injury to the small bowel had leaked into my abdominal cavity and after I was just getting better from that is when my gallbladder went septic not good.
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Surgery to fuse L3 and L4 vertabra Dec. 31,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


PAlady
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   Posted 2/19/2009 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Kttn,
Sorry I've been behind on postings. I haven't read everything but if it was me I'd be seeing a specialist - your PCP should refer you. If no, probably a GI surgeon.

PaLady

kttn251977
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   Posted 2/20/2009 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering, I have both. I guess I will follow up with my PCP & see what he says.
RX's: Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Oxycodone 30mg 5xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed); Amitriptyline 25mg 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Abilify 5mgs at bedtime (depression); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil

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