Here is another thought since you are going to be seeing your primary care next week. Ask the dr to check your vitamin levels. Low vitamin d can cause a variety of issues, including joint pain. My husband tested low on vitamin D & his dr had him supplement it. Do not do this on your own, have your levels checked. He is was having a good bit of joint pain too. We live where our winters are mild, we have a lot of sun exposure so we were really surprised at him being low.
I am glad that you had decent care in ER, that's becoming rare. If you were given pain meds, I do hope you contacted your PM drs immediately. I am sure you signed a Contract with him/her. On your next visit to the PM dr, I would take a copy of my discharge instructions to give to your PM dr. Kidney stones are brutal. Many years ago I passed one without knowing what was going on at the time. The pain was just unbelievable, I promise I thought I saw my life pass before me & saw every color imaginable flash before my eyes. I had an appt with my gi a couple of days later. I described in full detail what happened. He said you passed a kidney stone, people with crohns disease often have issues with kidney stones. I remember telling him I hope I never have another one.
Chronic pain does change a person's life. Any type of chronic health issue that changes a person's life is extremely hard, not only physically but emotionally as well. I have lived two completely different lives. I struggled greatly with making peace with it. I have several health problems & when one disease in particular reared it's ugly head, my life changed over night. We mourn those losses on every level. Learning to make peace, handle acceptance & rebuilding took a long time, that included professional help.
The so called opioid crisis, jeez, don't get me started on that one. Let's be perfectly honest, the war on street drugs has been a lost cause for decades. We have all time high amounts of illegal drugs being shipped into this country on a daily basis. Just a few months ago, at a NY airport customs seized 600 pounds of Fentanyl. This came out of China. This was discovered by accident. This says a lot to me on how hard they are trying to control things. This would have been used to lace it with drugs such as heroine & such. The numbers we are seeing splashed across the media for overdoses, they were illegal drugs found in the person's system. They did not get the drugs from a dr, so typical inaccurate recording by the feds. Not long ago the CDC admitted to this, so, some states the ME's are going to separate the cases of illegal/legal. There are studies that have shown the suicide rate is very, very low with chronic pain patients. Of course this has been overlooked too. I have no issue with shutting down pill mills, over prescribing drs & decent guidelines, but don't make me feel like I am part of the opioid crisis. I need to get off my soapbox, we are not suppose to get political here, lol.
Seriously consider getting your vitamin levels checked next week!
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Post Edited (straydog) : 9/18/2018 9:57:02 AM (GMT-6)