How horrible some docs can be...

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   Posted 8/23/2010 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
A very close friend of mine was thrown from her horse on Friday and has broken her back in three places starting at L5, L4 and L3 with some disc trauma to her T1-4. She is stable but in a lot of pain. So for there is no paralysis but we will not know all the details till she sees the doc again tomorrow.
Now the bad thing is the DB doc who saw her at the hospital AND released her only have her motrin 800mg for pain. When she told me this my head nearly exploded! I told her she better demand better pain control at her appointment and if he won't do anything for her then to tell him to fluff off and find a new doc.
Thanks for letting me vent!
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   Posted 8/23/2010 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sarrah,

Wow! I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. I absolutely love riding (grew up with my neighbor's horses, my dream is to eventually have horses of my own), but at the same time I'm constantly aware of how powerful horses truly are. Having been thrown many times myself and working in the veterinary profession, where our equine patients are often hurt and scared, making them potentially dangerous, it's easy to see how such a horrific injury could happen in just a split second.

That being said, I am absolutely appalled that the ER doc did not send your friend home on any pain medication. There is no logic behind that. Did your friend have anyone with her at the hospital to advocate for her? I can understand how she might not have been able to convey her needs at the time, but still, you shouldn't need to ask for pain meds after BREAKING your back in THREE places! Eeh-gads. I can't believe that the didn't hospitalize her either. You'd think that she'd need to severely restrict her movement while she heals. I hope that your friend doesn't wait until her follow-up appointment if she is in extreme pain. If she doesn't want to call the doctor that saw her in the hospital, she should at least speak to her PCP. Maybe he will do the sensible thing and prescribe your friend the meds she need.


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   Posted 8/23/2010 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
This "drug paranoia" thing has gotten completely and utterly out of hand.
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   Posted 8/24/2010 2:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes I wonder if it's a money thing, but this is horrible. Sounds a lot like some of the doctors i knew and some of my dad's doctors.

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   Posted 8/24/2010 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
exitwound said...
This "drug paranoia" thing has gotten completely and utterly out of hand.

I absolutely agree with this. The difference in how doctors distribute pain meds in Canada vs. America is unbelievable. We are very strict here for sure, but I don't think our doctors fear as much reprisal for doing it.

Patients in pain deserve adequate pain relief, period.

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   Posted 8/24/2010 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
This doesnt surprise me at all...Does the Motrin even help her? Sometimes I find Motrin to be the best pain medication in the world, but it should probably be mixed with something stronger for atleast a little while... I've heard many stories about doctors refusing pain medications when they should of been used, I had a friend who fell off the balcony 2 floors down to cement floor and almost died, and the fact that she was already taking pain medications before for other unrelated issues, they decided to try and detox her, she got paralized from the waist down, but she also suffered many other broken bones and had her head cracked open and some doctor decided it was a great time to pull away all medications. It wasnt til she almost died again that they decided to give her some Methadone for the pain, and this was in the ICU at one of the best hosptials around here where I live. This whole thing scared me, I just hope that if I get severely hurt, that this same thing doesnt happen to me. But then again, beleive it or not, the US is nowhere near the top for the best medical care in the world, I think we're like number 44 or something like that.

I just hope that if your friend is not getting help from the motrin that she doesnt sit around and think that she has to suffer, she has all right to find someone who will give her better treatment. I know some people just go to one doctor and don't get second opinions when the first doctor was a jerk, they think that's the standard care and they have no other choices.


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   Posted 8/25/2010 5:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I remember how they treated my mother after she had crushed her knee and had a complicated surgery. They didn't even wipe the desinfectants from her lower body and that stuff is so agressive that, mixed with sweat and urine (she couldn't get up to go to the restroom and the nurses never really cleaned her) it basically started burning through her skin. She even got a bedsore and since she used to work with paralyzed people, she knew and could feel what was happening there. They didn't give her a special matress until my dad offered to bring one and then suddenly it turned out they had those themselves at the hospital. By that time, the damage was so bad my mother had a huge scar there afterwards.

Think that was when I lost my faith in doctors, when I heard my mother scream in pain.
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