I'm so there with you, girl...it's totally frustrating. I hope your doctor doesn't just shoo you off without a good talk about dealing with this. The last time I ended up in the ER with severe pain my PCP gave me a script for Vicodin and I'm grateful to be able to rely on that the next time everything goes to hell (although sometimes it seems like only the injections do anything!). As far as the daily, run-of-the-mill, annoying pain...are you taking anti-spasmodics? Forgive me if you've told us a million times.
Any time you have severe, incapacitating, huddled-on-the-floor-gasping-for-air pain that lasts longer than a couple of hours, it's likely worth an ER visit. It's a tough call, though, I know. But when I was seven, I went three days with ungodly pain/fever/vomiting before my parents took me to the pediatrician (my dad, a doctor, thought it was indigestion). Turned out my appendix had burst! My parents still feel guilty about that.
I am going to start doing it this way after my last ER visit: if I start getting that kind of pain, and I know it's going to get bad, I'll get myself home, down a dicyclomine and a Vicodin, and wait an hour and a half for them to kick in. If I am still in excrutiating pain after that long, after those meds, I'll get someone to take me to the hospital and let them decide what to do with me!
Hang in there, softy. Vent all you need to!
Softy, how was your GI appointment today?
As far as the pain goes, you might want to check out dicyclomine or hyoscyamine, two anti-spasmodics that some people really respond well to. They should be taken as needed and you don't necessarily have to take them every day or let them "build up" in the system to be effective. The dicyclomine helps me on the days I have mild to moderate cramping. When the pain is severe, the darn stuff won't touch it, but then I go for the big dogs (Vicodin, morphine). Do your T3s contain codeine?
My pain threshold has increased as well. But I'm also somewhat hypervigilant about it - is it new pain? Familiar pain? Is it going to leave me a worthless heap of crap on the floor? Is it time for the ER, or just time for me to hop in bed? Do I need a heating pad or an Uzi?? So many questions when I start getting pain. It'll take some time to get used to it!
Softy, I entirely know how you feel. You should have seen me during my last day at Mayo...crying rivers in the doc's office. He was very sympathetic and frustrated too, but it was infinitely worse sitting on the other side. It's a lonely, alienating, helpless feeling that all too many people know.
I'm so sorry, girly.
Post Edited (Faerun) : 11/24/2005 2:11:51 PM (GMT-7)