Another trip to the ER

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Monty's Mom
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   Posted 7/14/2011 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
We will be off to the ER as soon as my fiance gets home. My right lower quadrant pain has become acute and my surgeon's office feels the ER is the best place for me at the moment. They are tossing around 3 ideas, appendicitis, ovarian cyst, and bowel obstruction. Personally, I would rather have an appendicitis at this point than face that there is another cystic ovary in there. It would be my 3rd.

This takes forever to type today, but I wanted to ask, who else fears going the the ER? The outcome all depends on the doctor and nurses you get, their level of compassion, and how they view what I am telling them. I always take my drugs as prescribed and am not worried if they test me, but the fear of being seen as a drug seeker is always there. I just want them to find what is causing the acute pain and do what they can.

So off we go for another CT Scan and Ultrasound in the ER. Its never a good thing to pray for them to find something wrong, but I think some of you understand. After being told there was nothing wrong with me for years when there was a medical problem, this fear has stayed with me.

Hopefully you are all having good days with nice weather and low pain.

Take care,

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   Posted 7/14/2011 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I go to the ER as the absolute ast result, I hate them looking at me and making judgements based on what my my meds are. This doesnt always happen, but sometimes. I can honestly walk around and smile with a pain level of 7, which they just cant believe. I guess i should have tears in my eyes at 7. Its called keeping a job and not scaring your poor kids to death,lol.

Mindy, it makes it much easier and comforting if they find "something" to explain whats going on. At least then a plan can be made and then you progress, even if its not great news. This "I dont know" deal that the doctors seem to have these days is just very frustrating,lol.

I hope whatever is going on can be treated with minimal discomfort! Take care of yourself!

Big hugs,
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   Posted 7/14/2011 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Shell. You are right about the pain levels and facial expressions. It makes sense that someone who lives with pain at 7 would eventually learn not to cry all day, right?

Its so bad I am crying without realizing it. Tears just keep rolling down with no control. Still waiting for my fiance to come home to take me. He had to finish up a job before he could leave.

Thank you for understanding. It feels so good to know I am not alone in this.
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   Posted 7/14/2011 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mindy

Sorry you are having a really bad time at the moment lovie, I really hope you get some one good who can help you get sorted out. I know what you mean about pain levels and how we still have to manage doing certain things and some people just do not understand.I would love to swap with them for one day and just see how they manage it, I am sure they wouldnt last 5 minutes. Keep your chin, I will be thinking of you sweetie and for now I send you loads of gentle (((((((((((hugs)))))))))))) Let us know how you get on and I will keep you in my prayers


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   Posted 7/14/2011 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Mindy. I too leave the ER as an absolute last resort. Even then, I will sometimes try to stick things out until one of my specialists can admit me under their care instead...all of my ER experiences have been horrendous.

You're in my thoughts...sending all the gentle healing vibes that I can.

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   Posted 7/14/2011 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I find the ER to be the worst place to receive good healthcare. Their job really is to make sure you're not dying and then pass you on to someone else for the "real care". It helps a little if you say your regular doctor sent you there.

Mindy, I hope you are able to get to the bottom of this pain and are able to feel a bit better.
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   Posted 7/15/2011 12:19 AM (GMT -6)   
We got home just a short time ago....almost 8 hours in the ER. I had a CT scan, which shows a similar soft tissue cystic structure where my right ovary used to be, just like the last one in February 2011.

This ER doc was nice, and explained that he thinks some medication tolerance has begun as well and suggested I tackle this with both my PM doc and my gyn surgeon. Now its up to myself and my docs to decide what to do.

Its funny to me though, how one doctor will listen to you and another blows off your ideas. I told him it felt like the pain in February, and he insisted it was appendicitis or just tolerance. The doctor I saw in February asked what I thought it was and listened to some of my suggestions, like an ultrasound instead of a CT. This one did not. I would have preferred ultrasound, but each doctor is different.

Still, home with some pain relief until that wears off. Next week is my surgeon appointment.

Thank you all for replying. The ER is not a fun place to be, and yes, they only like to treat the most dire of emergencies.

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   Posted 7/15/2011 3:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad that you're home. I hope that your doctor gets your pain under control quickly!

You're right about doctors being totally different from each other. I'm sorry that your doctor wasn't a good listener. I can't stand that either. I mean, come on...

I hope that your pain eases.

Sending hugs,


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   Posted 7/15/2011 4:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad your home and hope the pain subsides for you soon.
will be thinking of you, Prayers and well wishes...
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   Posted 7/16/2011 11:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm so behind in reading/posting....!  But I just wanted to tell you that I'm sorry for your ER visit.... but I'm glad you got a nice doctor. 
I don't know about you - but I have this thing that EVERY time I think the worst will happen (that they'll make judgments re: my meds... I'll get a horrible doc... whatever) - things tend to go ok.  But the second I let my guard down and think everything will go ok - then that's when I have a horrendous experience!!  It never fails.
Yes, I hate the ER.... but it's somewhere I have to go about once every 2 months or so.  I frequently need IV fluids or extra support pain-wise.  I carry a note in my wallet.... written by my pain doc.... that says I'm allowed ER visits for acute pain needs and to call him w/ any questions.  EVEN w/ that.... I've had those horrible experiences we all know about.
I've gotten over a lot of my ER-hatred.... because they know me... know my doctors support me.... and know I'll speak up if they treat me horribly tongue .... but I still hate going.  
Anyway, I hope your pain improves.... and that you have a good appointment w/ your surgeon.  Please update us as you can.... I'm sorry you are going through this extra pain, though, Mindy.  Not what you need, for sure.  Hang in there.  --Tina
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