Good evening! It is good to hear from you again. *hugg* How are you feeling today? I hope you were able to rest at some point last night, though I imagine your evenings are probably very hard.
I am so very glad you decided to post an introduction. It helps alot to talk about how you got to the point where you are at. We have many members here with Degenerative Disk Disease (DDD). I wish there were more ways to treat it, but there are very few.
It sounds like you are going through a very hard time right now. Digenerative disk diease is just that. Disease. You will get worse. Having degerative disks puts you at risk for so many different complications. Though I know your doctor is out of town, you need to get into a doctor right away and begin to up date your tests. You need MRIs with contrast and quickly. You have had DDD for so long that you are able to withstand alot of pain, so if someone like you is stopped dead in your tracks.... it is liky that something very urgent is going on. Even with your normal doctor out of the country you cannot wait. I think if you just make an appointment with your primary care physician they can begin the process of getting updated blood work and images. You simply cannot wait for your doctor to come back in town.
I am so sorry you were treated in such a horrible manner at the Emergency Room. Though I wish with all my heart that I could say it is unusual... the sad fact is that it happens ALL the time. If it can be helped I would suggest staying away from ERs. In worst case cenarios maybe an urgent care... but more often than not chronic pain patients are rediculed, belittled, and ignored.
I hope you are able to get atleast a little rest tonight. PLease, stay strong and know you are in our prayers here.
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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