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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 2/6/2010 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello folks,

Sorry I disappeared so abruptly a couple of months ago, I've just been very busy with college amongst other things. I'm afraid I have nothing cheery to report with regards to the pain.

I've just had a completely unrelated surgery - an appendectomy. Fun times. I just got discharged a couple of days ago. I'm still on Augmentin because the appendix ruptured. Pain's pretty bad, worse than usual, but of course they wouldn't prescribe anything else because I'm already on "really strong and suitable" pain relief. The word tolerance springs to mind, I've yet to find a doctor who doesn't make that argument, yet somehow I have. Somewhat ironic that she wouldn't change them just for a few days, either.

This is becoming very tiresome, and I really don't envy all of you that have had chronic pain for much longer than I have.

The most bitter pill to swallow is that I was admitted to hospital as an emergency. Blue lights, sirens, the works. The day after my surgery I was kept largely sedated as they had to do an exploratory laparotomy. It turns out I was supposed to have an appointment with my pain management doctor. They discharged me from their service because I didn't show up for my appointment. They didn't seem to care about the fact that I nearly bloody well died. Argh. So I have to be referred again by my GP. As you may be able to tell, I'm rather cross about this.

At any rate, it's lovely to see you all. I do hope you're all ok? :)

Chris x
One of my favourite quotes from House:

Cuddy: Did you just take two Vicodin?
House: No, it's an antidepressant, I was told to take two every time you walked in the room.

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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 2/6/2010 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chris,

I'm Pam, and I'm new here. Welcome back and I'm sorry to hear you've had such a rough time of it. I am shocked that your PM group discharged you like that...that's insane. I hope it won't take long to have the referral done, but in the meantime, rest and heal. Your body has been thru a lot of trauma.

Take care,

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

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Date Joined Feb 2003
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   Posted 2/6/2010 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chris, welcome back to Healing Well. I am sorry to hear that you had surgery its never a fun thing to do I know. I had my appendix out in 02 along with a small bowel resection right behind it. They thought it was my appendix so they took them out only to find they were fine, so they opened me up lower and found the problems and did a resection.
Wow, what a cad for a PM dr, the idiot. I am sorry but I would have to sit down and write this dr a letter and state that while you were busy having emergency surgery you forgot to ask them to dial him up and explain you would not be at the appt that day. This would make my blood boil because as far as I am concerned they are trying to make you look like a non-compliant patient and you don't need crap like that going in your medical records for other drs to see. So, please consider doing this just to cover yourself. Honestly, if this is how this dr operates his practice sounds like you may be better off under the care of a human.
One thing about having lap surgery is they do blow you up with this gas stuff and it can really make you have a lot of pain. Try walking as much as you can this will help get rid of the gas. Take care.

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 2/6/2010 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
It was a laparotomy, not a laparoscopy, so no gas stuff. They had to fully explore the abdomen as it ruptured, so I have a 6 inch scar across my tummy. Honestly, I'm grateful it was done this way. Laparascopic surgery is notorious for causing an abcess to form and requiring a second surgery, so I'm good with it this way!

My GP will be ringing that doctor's office to explain the circumstances and strongly critique his practices, and I will be writing a letter myself shortly, so that will be dealt with. It's annoying really, as it can take up to 18 weeks for somebody to be seen after they are referred, so it may be a while before I see the pain management doctor again.

This is rather unfortunate as my GP refuses to change my pain meds much. I take Vicodin 10/500 about 8 times a day, and I'd like to be on something stronger because while they do work, I'd quite like to protect my liver, also. So I'm a bit stuck on this one.

Thanks for your replies xxx
One of my favourite quotes from House:

Cuddy: Did you just take two Vicodin?
House: No, it's an antidepressant, I was told to take two every time you walked in the room.

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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 6795
   Posted 2/6/2010 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Like the others, I'm sorry for all you've been through. What your PM did is beyond inexcusable, and I really mean that.

I'd go even farther than Straydog's suggestion, but only after you're healed from the surgery. Not only would I write a letter, I'd put in a complaint to the medical board. It's pretty easy to confirm the dates of your inpatient stay, which is nice because it's not like you need to have someone write you an excuse. It's going to be in black and white and then some, so proving it to the medical board would be easy. The PM would probably come up with some lame excuse that something got lost in the translation and he didn't really know what had happened, but his staff is his responsibility and they could have easily checked out with the hospital whether you had been admitted. Oh, I'd better shut up about this. You need to be healing right now!

I hope your PCP is decent and maybe will help you out with even maybe some meds for the short term. I'd be sure to also let him know - in writing - what happened and be sure he documents it in your chart that you were hospitalized on those dates. That way if the idiot PM has anything else in his records, he's the one who will look bad.

I'm sorry this all had to happen to you.


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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 3089
   Posted 2/6/2010 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chris,

Welcome back! So sorry to hear about the appendix, that certainly sounds like no fun! As for you PM, in my humble opinion, he's an idiot! That is unbelievable! It was only one appointment & your appendix ruptured for goodness sake! It's not like you can control that. You'd think being a doctor & all he'd understand! I think Susie & Palady gave you some great advice. If it were me, I'd definitely have some words with the PM's office. Their actions were unacceptable (although after what they did to you, I'm not sure I'd want to go back to see that doctor). I'm glad that your PCP is standing up for you. If you need to, ask the surgeon who operated on you to give your PM's office a call too.

Hope you're feeling better.


Mrs. Dani
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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 2/6/2010 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
   Dear Chris,
      Good evening. it is good to hear from you again. I hope you are able to recover quickly! Gosh what a mess.
       When it comes to your PM, if you still want to be with them... Just send along a copy of your discharge papers and it will clear things up. I had an ER visit with my youngest daughter at a time when I was supposed to be at an appointment. I just called from the ER to tell them what was going on, and the young lady at the front desk of the ER faxed off proof I needed. Also, apparently they were able to look up in computer system. So, just a thought. If you want to be with them still, you can always show proof, and that should clear things up. Or then again, it could be a blessing in disguise and you may want a new pain doc? :-)



Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood



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