Has anyone made a trip to the ER?

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kelly71
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   Posted 3/14/2009 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering if anyone has had to go to the ER because of your pain. I am seriously considering it because I am just miserably painful right now. I've been to lots of ERs for various issues, and I've never really had a good experience. How can I convince people that I am in horrible pain and not make them think that I am drug seeking?

Anyway, I can't even type anymore. Please help! cry
FINALLY dxd with fibro on 06/13/08
Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what?  Doesn't help!)
Aciphex for reflux
Quit smoking 08/29/08 (used Chantix)
 
"I'll take the Chivas instead"
-Kelly Clarkson


Baloo
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   Posted 3/14/2009 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Kelly, I don't know your history, but if you are in pain and its that bad which believe me I know it probably is. If you can't wait to talk to your doctor and get help,, go to the ER. Tell them the truth about the pain your in. I wouldn't suggest what kind of pain killer you want but wait to see what they offer you. If its one that dosen't tell them, I found that ( such and such) dosen't work for me, but this does. Can you please fill my script for this. I don't know what they will do. But that is what has worked for me. You don't want to be combative over it, but try to reason with them calmly. I know how it feels to think people are looking at you like your drug seeking. I hope you can get some relief. I really am sorry you hurt so bad.
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Orlo
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   Posted 3/14/2009 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I did. They made me sit there for 6 hours to figure out if I was pregnant or not and then sent me away, telling me there was nothing they could do. I got some vicodin after being treated like a drug seeker.
Try to hang in there! If you really need to, go!
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Tootiebug58
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   Posted 3/14/2009 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I have made three trips to ER for the pain. They would give me a fentanyl shot and send me on my way. Told me to see my physician the next day. They were not very sympathetic at all and was a waste of time, because the shot only helped for about 3 hours. Try a hot bath, heating pad, meditation. I know what you are going thru and I feel so bad for you. The pain can make us feel crazy and we just feel like giving up. Please take care of yourself.
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SassyIsMyKitty
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   Posted 3/14/2009 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't gone to the ER just for pain. The first time I went to the ER with my recent illness, I told them I had fibromyalgia and that I was in a lot of pain but was unable to take my medication because I couldn't keep it down, and they gave me a shot of morphine in my IV. I don't really have much experience with going just for pain. I won't tell you not to go. If you are in that much pain, then you should go. You never know what they will do. I understand not wanting to be treated like a drug seeker. That is a really hard thing that a lot of us go through. I remember when I asked my doctor to up my script from 90 pills a month to 120. I was so afraid he would think I was a drug seeker. But he didn't. He totally understood and was really cool about it. If you go, just be honest with them. Let them know how much pain you are in. If you feel like crying from the pain, then do it. Don't make suggestions on what you want. But, if there are medicines that do not work for you at all, then let them know that. I wish you the best of luck. Hang in there sweetie. *soft hugs*
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moonmatrix
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   Posted 3/14/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I have gone for the pain bu8t that was before I was diagnosed. All three times I was treated horribly but my doc. told me to go each time I had a fall so there would be thorough documentation. If the pain is that bad, go. If you can wait the night and you have an urgent care place near you that is the best choice. Here ours is affiliated to my doctors office so they have my history and records on hand. emergency rooms see too many drug seekers to be sympathetic to anyone in pain and not dying, that is how it is here. Good luck and hope your pain subsides.

Hello~Kitty
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   Posted 3/14/2009 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I once went for a migraine, and this doctor did call me a drug seeker even though I told her no narcotics cause they make my migraine worse, but she wouldnt stop putting me down. she pointed this little red spot I have on my arm thats been there all my life and she asked me if I was injecting myself with drugs. I wanted to cry and scream at her but I was in too much pain (I would never inject myself with a needle, I did that once with imitrex and it made me sick). Since then I have been very scared of doctors at the ER. Actually my cousin was in a very bad car accident a few years ago that messed up her knee, and about a half a year ago she fell down on her hurt knee and scraped it, but the next day her knee swelled up really bad and she could hardly walk so she wen to the ER, and the doctor gave her a tetanus shot and put neosporin on her cut, and told her it was just a scrape and igored the fact that her knee was swelled up 3 times it's size, and she started crying. She finally got in with her ortho doctor who had to drain her knee. I felt really aweful for her, they completly ignored her complaints. But sometimes you will get a great ER doctor, but its really rare to get one, they deal so much with drug seekers and the fact that they cant tell who's faking and who really is in pain, that they just decide to treat everyone as drug seekers unless your bleeding to death or have a bone sticking out. When I was a teenager I had gallstone attacks for a year, and everytime my parents took me a the ER or urgent care they said it was all in my head, or it was just gas, or I wanted attention. I even had the a doctor at a urgent care tell me that I didnt neeed to fake pain to see him, I could just stop by and say hi, and of course my lovely parents beleived them. They didnt realize it was my gallbladder til a doctor who was taking over for my regualuar family doctor ordered an ultrasound and I had to have emergency surgery, my dad cried for not beleiving me and making me suffer in that kind of pain for a year. But if I where you, I would try really hard to get a hold of your regualuar doctor that deals with your pain, and if not, then go to the ER, maybe they can atleast give you something to make you feel better for a few hours. but I hope you find some kind of relief, cause sitting at the ER for hours and being treated like a junkie will make you just feel worse.

-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
Meds: Suboxone 8mg 3xday for pain, Cymbalta 60mg @ night for depression & Fibro,
Lyrica @ night for Migraines and Fibro, Treximet as needed for Migraines,
Ventolin Albuterol Inhaler as needed for Asthma Attacks.
Chocolate as needed daily
Been on Diability since I was 22 for Migraines and chronic Pancreatitas but going to college Spring '09 to be a nurse
"Some days I just wish I was a missing person!"
"I'm not spoiled, I deserve all my stuff"  -Happybunny


kelly71
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   Posted 3/14/2009 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks y'all. All these stories sound WAAAY too familiar to me (helloKitty, the exact same thing happened to me with my gallbladder). But, I also want to remind y'all that I am recovering drug addict who has been sober for over 12 years. Now, try being completely honest about my past (cause I always am) and have doctors look at me like I am scum. cry I still hurt SO bad, but I think I will try to get my mom to go with me tomorrow if the pain is still this bad. Fortunately, she works at this hospital and has friends in high places. Still, that doesn't mean I won't be treated badly. But, there's one thing about my mom that she won't stand for. She will NOT sit around and let anyone talk to her babies like that and she will do everything to help us get the proper treatment and respect that we deserve. LOL-yes, I'm 37 and I'm still my mom's "Baby." tongue

Thanks so much y'all. You're helping with the pain just by talking to me. yeah
FINALLY dxd with fibro on 06/13/08
Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what?  Doesn't help!)
Aciphex for reflux
Quit smoking 08/29/08 (used Chantix)
 
"I'll take the Chivas instead"
-Kelly Clarkson


moonmatrix
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   Posted 3/14/2009 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
being mom's baby is allowable. I am 33 and call on her for any doc. visits because they just do not believe me, I am also bipolar and that seems to give doc's some excuse. Good luck and try and stay stress, pain free.

Leta
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   Posted 3/14/2009 10:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi kelly,

I wanted to let you know there is an alternative that sometimes they dont tell you about in the E.R. that is not a narcotic called Toradol. It is an NSAID and it is used for pain, I have had it after surgery as I am sensitive to alot of meds. It is not habit forming and will help in extreme excruciating moments, plus is non-narcotic. It is something to mention if they are scared, but it is not something you can take outside of the hospital. I would maybe try it as a shot of it could really give you relief for a while. It really brought my pain down. I hope this helps you. Good luck and keep us posted.

Leta
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tyno3
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   Posted 3/15/2009 2:21 AM (GMT -7)   
If at all possible, see your PCP or Rheumy for pain. Sometimes they will call in a prescription. I have been to the ER three times for pain. Every time I have been told the ER does not give pain meds beyond OTC meds. I also was made to feel like a junkie. The doctor finally saw me after four hours and gave me a script for anti-inflamatories which cause my stomach and bowels to bleed. She seemed not to care one iota about that. Naturally, I didn't bother to fill it. It was a total waste of time and a very bad experience, but this is Canada and they are much less likely to treat pain here. When I told some doctors about the pain they were quite rude and told me to "toughen up", and that I was an addict. Not so nice when you're miserable to boot. I went home in tears (and pain). My PCP has been the most helpful, although now I am beginning to get weakness in my arms, dizziness, confusion, beyond normal fibro and will see a Rheumy eventually (I hope).  

Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Facet Joint Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, menopause, Migraines, Chest Pain, Anxiety and Depression/BiPolar II
Synthyroid .075mg., estradiol.5 mgs., Amyltriptilene, 100mgs, bedtime, Tylenol 3 PRN (six-eight, daily), Valium 7.5mgs. daily prn. Flexeril, prn (not so helpful), Zoloft,150mgs., Zomig approx. 12 per month, prn., Meds for High Blood Pressure, vary.


kelly71
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   Posted 3/15/2009 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
tyno,

Sounds like Canada's ERs are just as bad as the States' are, EH? wink LOL-sorry couldn't help myself. BTW-I still feel horrible today, but I've loaded myself up with ibuprofen. So, when my stomach starts bleeding from all the anti-inflammatories, then I can go to the ER with an even WORSE problem. rolleyes Just kidding-sort of.
FINALLY dxd with fibro on 06/13/08
Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what?  Doesn't help!)
Aciphex for reflux
Quit smoking 08/29/08 (used Chantix)
 
"I'll take the Chivas instead"
-Kelly Clarkson


tyno3
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   Posted 3/15/2009 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Deadly stomach hemorrages are preferarable to risking losing millions in pharmaceutical sales.

Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Facet Joint Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, menopause, Migraines, Chest Pain, Anxiety and Depression/BiPolar II
Synthyroid .075mg., estradiol.5 mgs., Amyltriptilene, 100mgs, bedtime, Tylenol 3 PRN (six-eight, daily), Valium 7.5mgs. daily prn. Flexeril, prn (not so helpful), Zoloft,150mgs., Zomig approx. 12 per month, prn., Meds for High Blood Pressure, vary.


Statgeek
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   Posted 3/15/2009 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
worries you when they talk about nationalized health care, doesn't it?
Sue

Hello~Kitty
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   Posted 3/16/2009 12:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, theirs a message board I like to visit (I'm not a member of) thats a nurse board, and the stuff they write about "chronic pain patients" is really sad. it's horrible what they think of us, drug addict or not.
 
-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
Meds: Suboxone 8mg 3xday for pain, Cymbalta 60mg @ night for depression & Fibro,
Lyrica @ night for Migraines and Fibro, Treximet as needed for Migraines,
Ventolin Albuterol Inhaler as needed for Asthma Attacks.
Chocolate as needed daily
Been on Diability since I was 22 for Migraines and chronic Pancreatitas but going to college Spring '09 to be a nurse
"Some days I just wish I was a missing person!"
"I'm not spoiled, I deserve all my stuff"  -Happybunny


Hello~Kitty
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   Posted 3/16/2009 12:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry, my last post decided to post itself without being finished lol. What I was wrinting was that, that this forum has thousands of posts on these nurses ranting about how they hate it when patients ask for their pain meds when they are due!?! And how they beleive that if you can eat, joke with them, or sleep, then your not in pain, and will withold your medication til they talk to the doctor, and ask them to review the orders....now I dont kmow about you, but I have never been a moaner. Even when I had my son at 16 years old with absoutly no drugs or epidural, I didnt make a peep, just held on to the bed's siderails and shook really bad. So when I'm in pain, I will close my eyes and try to consitrate on other things, so what might look like sleeping to them is actually me trying not to scream, but I'm never actually "sleeping", cause if I was really sleeping, then i would go home, cause I really hate hospitals. Their's something about hospitals that gives me chills, especially knowing that their has been quite a few people that died on the gurney I'm laying on, and in that room. And knowing that theirs alot of people in pain and suffering all around me, it's not a place for me to relax. But if you guys are ever bored, I would check out this nurses forum (I know I probably cant give out the name of the websight) but all you have to do is look it up on google, and read a few of these posts, it's scary.
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
Meds: Suboxone 8mg 3xday for pain, Cymbalta 60mg @ night for depression & Fibro,
Lyrica @ night for Migraines and Fibro, Treximet as needed for Migraines,
Ventolin Albuterol Inhaler as needed for Asthma Attacks.
Chocolate as needed daily
Been on Diability since I was 22 for Migraines and chronic Pancreatitas but going to college Spring '09 to be a nurse
"Some days I just wish I was a missing person!"
"I'm not spoiled, I deserve all my stuff"  -Happybunny


tyno3
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   Posted 3/16/2009 3:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a hysteectomy in 2000. I couldn't take the morphine prescribed, it made me retch. So Day 2 I asked the doc for tylenol 3 every four hours. He wrote it and during the day it was fine. At night theyleft me sit and cry for an additional three hours because "it's ordered prn, and we decide when you need it." I have a very low opinion of night nursing staff.
Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Facet Joint Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, menopause, Migraines, Chest Pain, Anxiety and Depression/BiPolar II
Synthyroid .075mg., estradiol.5 mgs., Amyltriptilene, 100mgs, bedtime, Tylenol 3 PRN (six-eight, daily), Valium 7.5mgs. daily prn. Flexeril, prn (not so helpful), Zoloft,150mgs., Zomig approx. 12 per month, prn., Meds for High Blood Pressure, vary.

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