Sorry to hear you had to go to the ER, but I'm glad you got some treatment that you're satisfied with. It definitely sounds like you needed some acute treatment for this so you could just get some rest!
Also, just in case you have to see them in the future--you may want to make sure the other clinic you were to see that makes you 'stay with them' knows what is going on with the ER and the neuro appointment. Either way, I'm glad you got some help.
Keep us updated and let us know what the neuro says and how you're feeling!
Yeah the ER physician wrote it for take 2 tabs every 4 hours which is good since I don't think I'll need to do that. I only need 5mg every 4-6 hours. When I got their I felt really dirty like drug seeking but the doctors there seamed to take my discomfort pretty seriously as I got in and our in 2 hours and the ER was packed. I was surprised that he consulted a neurosurgeon so fast though :O
Med Kid,Sorry to read that you wound up going to the ER, but it seems that it turned out well for you, in that you got better control over the pain and the consult with the neurosurgeon.
Do call the physiatrist/PM doctor that is prescribing your meds or doing the injections, and let them know that you were seen at the ER and what meds they gave you. This way, you aren't accused of doctor shopping.
I hope that the neuro has a game plan for getting this taken care of, and you get back on your feet relatively shortly.
Yeah I haven't really been prescribed anything from anyone else other than my Internist and PM doc I saw months back and my Internist will get the ER report. I'm glad I'm comfortable but my Internist and mom are being really harsh about
the fact that I went through the hydrocodone so fast. They both really are suggesting that "I'm not in that much pain" or that I'm being irresponsible which is really bothersome. Before I went to the ER yesterday I could not function very well and was in tears since I couldn't do something I had planned with my friends for a month let alone even get out of bed or focus on school work. If I wasn't in serious pain I wouldn't have burned through the script
so fast and thus I wouldn't need to go to the ER...The Percocet is much better than the Vicodin though! It does not have as much sedation and almost has less euphoria but MORE pain relief! I remember taking it for my broken hand when I had to take more than the limit of tylenol and hydrocodone at a time to get relief. Although it is a bit more binding (which is why I could never abuse narcotics, I'd end up with a bowel obstruction :O) I guess I'll just have to stay more hydrated and what not. I'm just concerned about
the fact that its more controlled but I guess that's why I'll see the PM doc. I really don't want to be in the position where I have nothing left like yesterday and I feel like a jerk about
it but the pain was making me loose my mind and I imagine if I didn't have any common sense and just kept asking for more and more, people would have thought I was an addict or something.
I'm just frustrated that the people around me seam to worry more about
abuse issues than my physical state. My dad has the same herniation so he gets what its like to not be able to get comfortable in any position and my mom has some type of pain disorder and takes Lortab for it but for her it just "makes things better", for me I can't do allot of things I used to do...she used seam to understand I was uncomfortable but now she just keeps saying "I don't know how you could go through that much Vicodin" as if 5mg 2x a day is some serious quantity...I don't know..I just look at medicine as medicine..if it happens to be a controlled substance and I am prescribed it so be it.
Anyways I'm really pro-surgery now as the Percocet doesn't get rid of ALL the pain and probably won't unless I take 10mg and to be honest I prefer not to be doped up completely like that...really don't want to end up like the people on 320mg of OxyContin a day barely able to stay awake, and I don't mean that offensively as I know some of you guys don't have the luxury of surgery. I'd like to get it so I only have to take Naproxen and percocet less than once a day for breakthrough pain. The ER physician said I could probably get in for the surgery within a few weeks if not days if it got to unbearable, but I need to think about
it. I would also like to have it done right before Christmas break even though the recovery period seams short, I'd like to be at home for it. The range of motion loss is the one thing I fear most, I don't mind scars. Thanks for the replies though :)
EDIT: I'm usually not nervous when it comes to surgery and procedures but I've been thinking about
it and its essentially my brain they are going to be cut around :O does anyone have any input or experience? I just think I have trouble trusting most docs cutting around my brain..I know the procedure is not really super invasive but still.
Post Edited (Medicalkid2) : 10/14/2011 2:29:47 PM (GMT-6)