8 hrs in the ER last night, yay

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britt1449
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   Posted 6/24/2009 6:32 AM (GMT -7)   
So, I had posted on here last week about an increase in symptoms, ie:  blood in stools, abdominal pain, lower back pain.  I tried calling my GI for the second time yesterday, and I was told by a secretary that I may just need to go to the ER, because my doc had no openings.  Errr!!!  Well, I don't even know why I call him my doctor.  I can never get a hold of him, and apparently he can't help me when I really need him.  Anyway, I decided to go ahead and go to the ER to get some relief and some answers. 
 
I was there until 2:30am, and I still don't know what's going on.  My stool tested positive for blood, but the CT came back with no apparent problems (pockets of air, abscesses, thickening of the walls).  So I guess I'm just having bleeding ulcers, but I would really like to know for sure.  Oh well, I guess I will just have to wait and see my doc in a month!
Brittany
 
Currently taking: Humira 40mg/every other week, Zoloft 50 mg/day, vitamins and supplements
Have taken: Cyclosporine, Pentasa/Asacol, Aciphex, Imuran, Sulfasalizine, Cipro & Flagyl, Prednisone, various pain med's, Xanax
 
Surgeries: Appendectomy 2001, Ileocecotomy 2007


ISF13+
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Total Posts : 202
   Posted 6/24/2009 6:58 AM (GMT -7)   
My husband gets soooooooo frustrated with the ER everytime I've had to go because of bouts of severe abdominal pain.  It's like these people have never heard of Crohns Disease before.  We go in knowing what I need but they have to jump through a million hoops before finally just giving me the morphine to take the pain away.  I feel your pain Britt1449 and I'm sorry you don't have a better doc.  Maybe look at finding a new one.  A good GI doc is there for you because they understand what you're going through and take it seriously.  I wish you the best of luck!!

Crohn's Disease. 
Diagnosed 13+ years ago. 
Been in remission for short periods of time but each time I come out of remission my disease seems to have spread.  No longer isolated in my ileum, now from stomach down to rectum.
Current Medications for the Crohns:  Humera 40mg injections every other week, Imuran 150mg, Levsin, Welchol 625mg, Prednisone 10mg(started weaning off, now going back up in dosing).Canesa suppositories, Calcium, Acidophilus & Potassium
Misc:  I recently joined a local crohns disease support group that meets monthly.  It has been great talking to and meeting other people who share the same disease.  I hope to continue gaining insight through this forum as well.


CrohnieToo
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   Posted 6/24/2009 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Ach! Many of these gastros are so busy doing procedures they have little office time to care for their patients. When I need help if I can't get in to my gastro or least talk to her on the phone I just call my family doctor and I'm in to see him yet that day or the next and get the help I need.

I often think if these gastros so busy doing procedures would quit scheduling these darn "well visits" for their patients they would have the office time to see their patients when their patients NEED them!
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.


Wolfie40
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   Posted 6/24/2009 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
ISF13+ said...
My husband gets soooooooo frustrated with the ER everytime I've had to go because of bouts of severe abdominal pain.  It's like these people have never heard of Crohns Disease before.  We go in knowing what I need but they have to jump through a million hoops before finally just giving me the morphine to take the pain away.  I feel your pain Britt1449 and I'm sorry you don't have a better doc.  Maybe look at finding a new one.  A good GI doc is there for you because they understand what you're going through and take it seriously.  I wish you the best of luck!!

That is so true! Very frustrating

Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Precription Folic Acid, Multivitamin, 1000mg Calcium, Vitamin D, Probiotics,  Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.


Irishmom4
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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 457
   Posted 6/24/2009 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
My favorite is when I would go in for a bowel obstruction and they would check me for sexually transmitted diseases even after I told them I have had Crohn's for 20 years. The last time I showed the ER doc my 12 inch resection scar and it seemed to work because I got my meds a little faster.

Elizabeth
Dx'd with Crohns 1984 and polycystic kidney disease in 1996
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol, folic acid, and Enalapril, Have been flaring on and off since August.
 
I love my life and everyday I pray that my body cooporates and allows me to do what I have planned.


ISF13+
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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 202
   Posted 6/25/2009 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow. It sucks but at least now I know its the same everywhere and not just my local ER doc's.......
Crohn's Disease. 
Diagnosed 13+ years ago. 
Been in remission for short periods of time but each time I come out of remission my disease seems to have spread.  No longer isolated in my ileum, now from stomach down to rectum.
Current Medications for the Crohns:  Humera 40mg injections every other week, Imuran 150mg, Levsin, Welchol 625mg, Prednisone 10mg(started weaning off, now going back up in dosing).Canesa suppositories, Calcium, Acidophilus & Potassium
Misc:  I recently joined a local crohns disease support group that meets monthly.  It has been great talking to and meeting other people who share the same disease.  I hope to continue gaining insight through this forum as well.

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