Posted 3/31/2019 9:24 AM (GMT -6)
While I can appreciate your pain level is high, accessing the emergency room was an incorrect call. I realize that I am expressing an opinion that you may not want to hear, so hear me out . .
Emergency rooms are for health emergencies. A fracture or broken bone; a high fever that does not respond to Tylenol, which may indicate an underlying serous infection; sharp/doubling over abdominal pain with prolonged projectile vomiting, which may indicate gall stones or a bowel obstruction; new onset of crushing chest/radiating arm pain that may suggest a heart attack; facial dropping or slurred speech that may suggest an acute stroke.
Your back pain since surgery is troubling, no doubt. But your course of resolution needs to be through your surgeon or associated medical providers - not an emergency room.
If your back pain includes loss of bowel or bladder control or gross weakness of the legs then those criteria might warrant a visit to the emergency room.
An emergency room is meant to address a serious, life-affecting new onset of worrisome and highly concerning symptoms. Treatment may be directed at stabilizing the patient and controlling of symptoms as opposed to diagnosing the exact underlying cause. Ex. A person with extended vomiting may be given an IV for hydration + anti-nausea medication and given a referral to a GI specialist. Extensive diagnostics will generally be deferred.
It is often wise to call an available 24 hour nurse advisor telephone line, a service provided by a majority of medical insurance plans to their plan members. The telephone nurse advisors give general advice and triage on a wide variety of health issues and can help a person decide if an ER visit is appropriate.
I am sorry that your recovery has hit a difficult snag. I have had some complex surgeries myself, and can attest that recovery is rarely a smooth trajectory but more often is a series of undulating ups and downs - two steps forward, one step backward. Working with your team of providers, who know the specifics of your care and you as a unique person, will serve you best in the long run.
I hope that the issues with your lumbar spine begin to settle and improve for you,