After a few months of seeing DH in wicked pain I could not stand it any longer. Called his Dr who got right back to me on a Sat. night. We discussed what was going on and she agreed. We used the emergency room at the hospital nearby that she has privileges at. I brought with me a total typed list of meds, dose, strength etc. A typed summary of his condition and what has been going on up to this point so when the Dr interviewed him he asked relevant questions and not a bunch of unnecessary ones. And finally I asked his Dr. to give me "a plan" for the ER Doctor that she wanted to see followed as she would be in later that night (actually her partner) which I also typed up.
We went in at 7am on a Sunday morning and had no wait at all as luck would have it. It is better to try to go very late at night or very early to avoid an extra long wait in the waiting room which is no fun if you are in extreme pain, urgency etc.
He was admitted for a total of 5 1/2 days - pain management - started Imuran along with prednisone to help "jump start" it. In his case going to the hospital (with a plan) worked out well for us both as I was out of my mind watching all this going on at home here.
61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07 Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days. 150mg Imuran
Zero mg prednisone 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, fiber capsule 1x day, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 40 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enema PM, Canasa suppositiry AM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month