Yesterday I was instructed to go to the ER by my doc since I had not been able to eat or even drink for almost two days after being given cipro for a bladder infection. I decided to go to one near my house that I had gone to in the past. It was the worst afternoon of my life.
After “checking in” I was taken to triage where blood pressure, fever, ect... was taken. They took my meds list and I was honest and told them I am a chronic pain patient due to my neck and its budging disks and bone spurs. My BP and pulse were astronomical. My BP was 143/84 and my pulse was 107 BPM. I am normally 110/60 and 75-85 so I knew something was wrong. Well I am given a room and asked to do the sample thing. I wait for about 40 minutes and the doctor walks in. He was the biggest @#$@# I have ever met in my life.
He walks in, asks me why I am here, I tell him then his very next comment was “I will not be treating you for your chronic pain but I can give you something for the nausea” Ok, that was totally uncalled for. Last time I check my bladder was not in my neck and I never had said anything about pain, wanting pain relief or anything of the sort. He “examines” me about as hard as he can, says nothing else and walks out the room. 5 Minutes later a nurse comes in with pills and a glass of water. I ask what it is and they say it is something for my upset tummy. I ask them about the fact I cannot even keep water down so how is a pill going to stay down? The nurse turns and leaves and I wait another 45 minutes and the doc comes back in and says “your sample was clean so it is time for you to go. “ I am utterly taken back, no one has address my dehydration, my super high BP or the fact the only “help” they offered was not something I could take. I don’t even get a chance to ask any questions before MR. @!@%^ walks out of the room. I then page a nurse and ask her what the heck is going on and she gives me that look, you know the one you get when people think you are faking it or are a little of? Well she brings the doctor back in and I lose my cool. I ask him how the heck he could just send me out of here without even seeing what was going on. I asked him about my BP and my pulse and the obvious dehydration I was dealing with. He then tells me I cannot be dehydrated cause my BP Is high and that I am not sick, I am just faking it…ok, last time I checked if your dehydrated your blood thickens thus your heart must work harder and your blood pressure goes up. This is where I loss all semblance of civility and ask him if my bladder was in my neck and he looks at me like I am stupid. Then I ask him what the he(ck) my chronic pain has to do with this visit and where the he(CK) does he get off thinking that he can treat a person this way. If I had to take insulin or a thyroid med for a chronic condition it would not affect his view of me. He starts backpeddling and I tell him to “fluff off” and walk out sobbing.
I have never felt so criminal, so wrong just for being a human being in my life. I still have no clue what to do but I do know I will be contacting the hospital admin on Monday to start the formal complaint process
I did go to another ER, end up needing two bags of fluids plus got IV zofram to calm my stomach. I still cannot eat solids but at least liquids and broths stay down.
Thanks for listening to me rant.
Hysterectomy at 25
4 laproscopic surgeries since 24
Cervical Stenosis between C 2 and C6 and two bulging disks located C2/3 and C4/5
Meds - percocet 3x day :
In the United States today, there is a pervasive tendency to treat children as adults, and adults as children. The options of children are thus steadily expanded, while those of adults are progressively constricted. The result is unruly children and childish adults. ~Thomas Szasz
Oh Boy!! Honey, most Cper's go through this at one time or another..but don't for a second think I'm saying it's ok...it is NOT ok!!! I had a similar situation happen when I cut my thumb pretty badly. I went to the ER and the nurses were great...then walks in this woman Dr. She sees my chart, and all the pain meds, and gives me a lecture by starting off with HER story...She was in Med School, in a horrific car accident that broke both legs and pelvis...She said she went through recovery and rehab without taking pain meds...It's all willpower she says....she doesn't understand why I need to take all this Methadone and (at the time) Lortab 10's for a back ache....A Back Ache!@!! She then goes on to say that it's people like me that make the Healthcare profession harder and harder to get into...due to Malpractice insurance and the DEA watching every med they give out.....She says that unless a patient has Cancer, she WILL NOT prescribe narcotics...no ifs ands or butts about it!! I said, "It's a good thing you aren't MY Doctor". she stitches me up, then proceeds to write me a script for Lortab 10's....WHAT??? I didn't have Cancer, so why the pills?
Needless to say I didn't get them filled due to my pain contract...besides, I already had my meds at home. I think she may have been trying to get me in trouble with my Dr. When I went back to my PM Dr. the nurse asked about my thumb...What? I hadn't mentioned it yet. The Dr. at the ER had called my PM Dr. and told him about it, hopeful that I would get in trouble for the pills she wrote. I then handed the unfilled script to the Dr. and he just laughed...He said that ER Dr.'s are notorious for doing things like that....and it was a test as far as she thought...the ER Doc was such a bit%#!!!! but it happens all the time.
We CPer's have to prove ourselves every day...and ER's are the worst for us...even if we were dying thsy would have something to say about our pain meds...
So, don't worry about what happened even though it hurt you, it's the Dr. that has the problem and it will come back to haunt him someday....
I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/ 30 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 10mg. 2X in the morning
Lantus 35 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen
Carmen~*~*~Chronic Pain Moderator
DX-Chronic Pain due to two freak car accidents, Pancreatic Divisum,Fibromyalgia, Asthma, Depression w/anxiety, Migraines
Meds- Suboxone 16mg for pain, Cymbalta 60mg, Lyrica 50mg, Imitrex 100mg PRN,Ibprofen 800mg PRN, Ventolin Inhaler PRN, Visteril PRN
Post Edited (Piercings) : 11/22/2009 12:49:54 AM (GMT-7)