This information will be a little late for you but when my husband was flaring so badly and in so much pain I had enough. I put a call into the answering service and his Dr called back within an hour. I explained what had been going on for the past week and she agreed about
taking him to the ER. This was a Saturday night the day before Mothers Day. I indicated to her that I would bring with me a complete up to date typed listing of meds, a synopsis of what has been going on for the past year BUT I wanted to go in there with a plan and recommendation from her for the ER doctor. I didn't want them fumbling around trying to decide what to do actually.
I brought that with me....when the ER Dr came in I politely asked if he would read the synopsis which gave him an overview, this channeled his thought processes and when he proceeded to ask 20 questions he wasn't on a fishing expedition and my husband who could barely focus and answer coherently due to his pain it made it a heck of alot easier for him to respond to pertinent questions. The Dr was actually pleased and thanked me. Not to mention typical ER - very hectic and could use another doctor on duty at the time as the hours passed.
Also I had supplied his current GI Dr's name and tel # (she also has privileges at this hospital and goes there regularly) and in red I typed what she would like for the ER to do. This was done and it was also decided to admit him. about
6-7 hrs later a fellow doctor from our GI practice came in to see him and go over everything that was done up to that point and make further recommendations.
As a side humorous note....when I was talking with his Dr the night before she stressed to bring him to the hospital either very late that night or very early the next morning (before the little old ladies get out of church and want to go to the ER because they're not feeling well). We got there at 7:15am and triage nurse 10 mins later and in an ER bed at 7:45am....good thing as he could have never sat in an ER waiting room for hours which is the norm in alot of cases.
I understand sometimes it is a good idea to call ahead to just see what the wait is like - if you're suffering really badly and can't sit for any length of time it may be better to wait at home and go when things let up and your wait time is less.
(Unfortunately too many people - especially down here - with the amount of "snowbirds" the ER is used in lieu of people going to a doctor for things that are typically not ER which causes such a delay for people who are really suffering.)
I truly hope Katie something can be done to help to give you some quick relief.
60 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 ... left sided UC now, fully involved and trying to get in remission. Acute inflammation-pancolitis-tenesmus rectal pain-granulation is showing some healing started. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07 July 07 good days & bad days 75mg Imuran 40 mg prednisone (tapering 8/07) 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 3X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 20 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Colocourt enemas at night. Fosamax and mthly B12 shots folic acid 1mg