Posted 2/5/2010 12:36 PM (GMT -7)
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...do 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