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   Posted 2/5/2010 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

I'm curious as to whether or not any of you wear a medic alert bracelet or other piece of jewelry, specifically for your chronic pain (or if you wear one for other issues, such as allergies, asthma, etc., do you also have chronic pain listed as a condition)?

My doctor suggested it for me, her thought being that if I was ever taken to emergency, the bracelet and corresponding medical card in my wallet would alert the ER team that I'm already on strong pain meds, and I would need more than the regular person for pain relief if required for whatever brought me to ER. I'm also not physically able to vomit, due to my Nissen Fundoplication surgery for GERD, so I needed a way of sharing that if I was found unconcious.

The other thing my bracelet is for is because I also have extremely tiny veins, with a lot of scar tissue on them, so I'm a hard start for IV's or blood work. The last time I had blood taken, it took just over an hour to get 6 tubes, and they had to try both arms and both feet. I actually had one surgery postponed because they couldn't find a vein to start an IV (this was the nurses and the anesthesiologist), and after an hour of trying to start a central line in my groin, they had to give up.

So, what about you use a Medical alert bracelet for pain?

Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pelvic Pain, FAI, Reynauds, IBS, Surgical Adhesions, Ophthalmic Migraines
(plus physically unable to vomit due to Nissen, and I have extremely tiny veins...a joy for blood work or IV's)
Surgeries: Appendix, Uterus, Nissen Fundoplication for GERD, Left Ovary, Gallbladder, Right Ovary, TVT
Medications: Oxycontin, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Nortriptyline
Other: Vitamin D, Multi-Vitamin

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   Posted 2/5/2010 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh my Goodness! Pam. That must be awful when you have to do blood draws, etc. One of my daughters has tiny veins but not THAT tiny.

As far as your questions goes, I have a Diabetes bracelet but must admit now that I'm not working I don't wear it but it is in my purse. Does that count??? You have an awesome pain management doc for suggesting that. So many PM docs won't even use narcotic pain meds. And I'm also proof that what she said is true. When I had my last colonoscopy I told them how much pain med I took and that they would likely have to bump up my dose to knock me out. Well, let's just say I remember everything of that procedure. The doc came to me after and were awake during the entire procedure, weren't you? Well DUH! And he's the head of the place.

I'm guessing these can be ordered where we get other bracelets, etc. Hmmm, maybe I should put mine on my key chain???

Thanks for the great idea!
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   Posted 2/5/2010 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, and I thought my veins were hard to find. sorry you had to go thru all that..
I have a medic alert braclet as does my daughter (she has a heart birth defect) mine I original bought because I have asthma.
and yes you can up-date it anytime and the good thing with "Medic alert" is that they are internationally well known, should you travel oversea's. they have a website or do a google search on medic alert. I would not buy the ones just hanging in the pharmacy's, mine is the bracelet with the stretch band and gold emblem I think it was about 45.00.
I think it is worth it in case of an emergency, just my opinion.
Hope this info helps.
Good luck in what you choose to do.
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   Posted 2/5/2010 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
No, I don't wear one, but I should. You're doctor is right. It would be good for the E.R. to know that we already take medication. I do have my drug allergies listed in my phone. I am happy that you posted this because I have been meaning to get a med. bracelet.


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   Posted 2/5/2010 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't wear one but I should, also. I have other chronic health conditions, but you're so right about the pain meds. issue and going to the E.R. or for other procedures. I do remember when I had my endoscopy/colonoscopy "twofer" (LOL) I was given a second vile of versed. I remember the nurse had to keep looking up and asking the doctor and saying "doctor, the pain?" and he ok'd the second vile. Meanwhile I was watching the monitor saying I had a Katie Curic colon, and asking if every other image was a polyp. Wasn't feeling anything, so it was kinda fun at that point, but I'll bet the doc wanted me to shut up! When he did the endoscopy, however, he sprayed something in my mouth, and that was the last thing I remember until I woke up in the recovery area.

Thanks for reminding us of these things. I thought there was some kind of card you could get that would instruct any emergency workers to go to a website where everything would be listed. I'm not sure if that's all done with the bracelet or if it's something different.


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   Posted 2/5/2010 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm another that should but haven't. Thank you for sharing your infomation with us. I like you am a difficult stick and usually end up with a Central line or PIC line because if I don't have these things I am a pin cushion. My doc tried to start a Central line and had trouble getting it. My veins are small and rolly!!! Aren't we lucky???

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 2/6/2010 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
  Dear Pam,
     I'm trying to find the site... makes the most beautiful, yet fashionable medic alert jewelry. I ll try to find it now..

Found it!



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Post Edited (Dani Henson) : 2/6/2010 8:43:33 AM (GMT-7)

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