hello, all. well, had a lovely trip to the ER yesterday morning. I woke up with vomiting and diarrhea (I think that was a virus). Could not keep my pain meds down. I have been having extra pain in my left lower abdomen. well, yesterday I ended up in the floor SCREAMING in pain (esp. my lower back and abdomen). my hubby ended up taking me to the ER where they pumped me full of pain meds and zofran. They did blood work and a CT which both came back normal. I was still in a great deal of pain but they booted me out the door. Nice. I am wondering if that pain in my lower left abdomen is my endometriosis acting up. Hadn't bothered me in years, but I guess that doesn't mean that it can't flare up now. And I am so run down from constantly trying to fight this pain. Anyway, I think that they thought I was a drug seeker after my tests came back negative. I am very depressed and hurting really bad today. I am going to make an appointment with my GYN today. I am so demoralized by all of this. Thanks for listening, xo Di
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Oh yea, I forgot to add: My husband had to go back to work so my sister in law was going to pick me up. Well, her car broke down and my husband had to drive from a neighboring town to pick me up. They (the ER) barely gave me time to put my shirt back on and forced me to wait out in the lobby for him. There was hardly anyone back there! I had to lie in a little ball (I could not even walk in there and was barely able to walk out) one of the couches in front of everyone!!!!!
OMG Diane, how so very horrible!!! Don't you love how they totally demean you?? I hate the ER. Unless you have bloody broken bones sticking out of your flesh you are treated like poop..I hope you are ok??? Are you still vomiting?? The zofran works but thats not finding out WHY you feel like you do..I hope it is something you can get immediate treatment for. I am not familiar with endometriosis and its treatment. You poor baby..please let me know how you are doing..xoxoxoxo
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Hey, Sandra. I still have diarrhea. And am having to force myself to eat. Had a major melt down last night. It was actually kinda scary. I am in so much pain. Gotta address this with NP Monday. No more playing around. Can't do this any more. Oh, I would rather slit my wrists than go back to the ER again, LOL. What a crock. So, I am still going to try the Lyrica. But, I need stronger meds..maybe Lortab 10mg. What do I do if they will not up my meds?? Start looking for another doc?? Don't know what to do any more. xox
PS I have had endometriosis since I was 20. What happens is that the endometrial lining grows outside the uterus and the scar tissue can be very painful. I had laproscopic surgery for it 20 yrs ago and went thru some hormone treatments for it. It does not really show up on a CT. Don't know. I have a gyno appt on the 16th. love ya and thanks for your support, I REALLY need it right now. xoxo
I really really hope you are ok..I would find another doc if you aren't satisfied. Seriously..if you need your pain meds increased and they won't increase them, move on..it sounds like you really need an adjustment in the dose. Do you have enough meds at home now that you can take extra? The ER is usually a big joke, the people who go in there just looking for narcotics ruin it for the people who REALLY need treatment. Pisses me off..if it was me and I have the meds I would be taking them. You cannot possibly get any good rest if you are in serious pain. Monday I would be on the phone getting someone to listen to you. Grrr it makes me mad that I cannot help you other than my words...I know I am going to be out of my percs before my month is up because I have been having trouble sleeping because of pain and end up taking extra to be able to sleep. Pain sucks. And sometimes the only thing for it is pain meds. Spoken like a true junkie..lolol..please be well..keep me posted..xoxoxoxo
lots of love and healing light and energy sent your way dear heart.
OMG Diane that makes me so mad. Even if you are throwing up your meds and need to take more they will do that???? That is so crappy..I understand the need for facilities like this doing what they do but c'mon, seriously, what to do when you are really in dire need, like you are right now??? It appears to me that this pain clinic just treats everyone generically. Nobody is an individual, I see their needs for a protocol to follow but this is taking it too far. I hope you can find a provider that treats you as a human instead of a number...How are you feeling today?? Sending love and light to you. xoxoxoxo
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Sandra, I love you so much! You are helping me gather the strength that I need to take care of business. I feel like death on a cracker LOL, but I am going to church today. I am hoping it will ease some of my spiritual pain. All I can do tomorrow is tell the truth. And I will. I honestly do not know what they will do. I just know what they can do. All I know is that I am a human being in a lot of pain all of the time. I know that I want to live life to the best of my ability and not lay down and give up (tho sometimes I feel like it). We are all unique people. Not algorithms or protocols. Thanks again for some MUCH needed support. xoxoxo Di
I love you too Diane, which is why I get so irate!!! I don't want you to be in so much pain, and these freakin doctors just don't get it. All they see is malpractice suits and no more kickbacks from the drug companies which run the medical industry. I hope all goes in your favor tomorrow..please let me know..xoxoxoxo
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I hope you are feeling better? Have you been able to get any help?
I have never had a good experience with an ER, what a wait of time & $. You know, not long ago there was a guy who had a heart attack & ran into the ER building. No one that worked in the hospital (dr's, nurses, ect) would help! They said they couldn't help him unless he was in the building! There were other people there & I can understand why they didn't drag him through those doors! I would have! The guy died...
Anyhow, not to go off topic but it's hard to find medical help when you need it...
I'm so glad you are going to see your obgyn! It sounds like a hysterectomy is needed... Why they put people through so much pain before doing it, I don't know...
Anyhow, sorry, I'm so frustrated you were treated so poorly! Keep us updated!
You are absolutely right. It's tough sleeping when you're in pain. I've had to take a vicodin before I go to bed. It helps with the pain, but even though I'm taking amytrypyline(?) my sleep pattern hasn't improved. And no doctor gives you enough vicodin for the pain. I really wish there were some way to get around this.
hello!! well, went to the pain clinic today. had a pretty good appointment. not exactly what I wanted, but good. my NP was very empathetic about my situation. we talked about what to do about my pain. (she thought that the people in the ER were rotten, too LOL). i am going to start lyrica soon. i still feel kind of sick, so i am going to wait a little bit. i told her flat out that i was at the end of my rope with the pain. we talked a little about the lortab. i told her that part of me wants to increase the dose because I am so tired of hurting and part of me does not because of tolerance, etc. she said she understood completely. she explained that this pain clinic just does not use opiates to treat fibro pain. (i was already on lortab when i started going there) i told her that i knew that other people were taking them for fibro pain. we agreed that different clinics/docs treated it differently. so, I am going to try lyrica. meanwhile, she, my naturopathic doc, and the supervising physician are going to get together and go over my case. i am also going to meet with the supervising physician. what will happen if the lyrica does not work? i have no clue. i may have to find another doctor. maybe they will help me.
had a crappy day at work. i got a verbal warning because I have had 4 absences in a year. even though I have a dr. excuse for every one of them. that sucked. i could be missing a lot more than that! all 4 were because of things like influenza, strep throat, etc. ugh. i am so OVER it. LOL
tori, if i am going to start having female issues again, i would be ok with getting rid of all of that!! I am feeling better, but am having a hard time bouncing back this time.
foxy, i am taking 20 mg melatonin at night and it is actually helping!
xoxo guys!! Diane
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Morning Diane darlin...glad you had a good visit at the clinic. I still don't get the way they treat patients but thats my problem...I am just old fashioned and pretty dang naive for a 51 year old woman..It seems to me that it is such a huge waste of everyones time for them all to "get together" and discuss your case. A pretty simple answer to the question, just increase the pain meds. I know that sounds like a pretty pat answer but isn't it basically just common sense?? I know enough about drugs to know that your body gets used to a certain dose after awhile and your level needs to be increased. We aren't talking about heavy duty medication here, lortab is pretty tame stuff. I have been at the same dose of percocet(oxycodone/acetaminophen)for awhile now, and it is still working on the pain. If I wake during the night in serious pain I will take one. But that rarely happens. How long have you been on the dose you are on now? I hope the lyrica works for you. I really really do..you deserve some relief from all this nonsense. Is it because of your insurance that you have to go to the pain clinic?? I don't like the fact that they make you feel like a criminal junkie if you take an extra pill from time to time. There are far too many specialists today and too many physicians that just refer, refer, refer. My NP offered to send me to a rheumatologist, I refused for now. I suppose if I ever need to file a disability claim I will need to see one but we see no need at this point. My NP has a lot of fibro patients, and knows each one is an individual. I think if perhaps doctors spent a bit more time getting to really know their patients they would be able to weed out the drug seekers and make like a little easier for the people who are really in need..I know I keep saying the same thing over and over but I just can't get the need for this through my thick french skull...lol..I hope you get some relief, lord knows you need it, and your job stress doesn't help. I cannot believe you got a warning for missing 4 days in a year!!!! ***??????? Sorry, need more coffee...I love ya girlfriend, please feel better xoxoxoxoxoxo
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Thanks, Sandra! I don't know what the meeting of the minds is all about, either. I ended up at a pain clinic because my GP was freaking out over the pain meds LOL!! I think that my pain clinic is the way it is because of the Naturopathic doc. The fibro patients are "his". It is kinda confusing. OK. the Naturopath is actually a PhD in pyschology with an ND, with is a doctorate in Naturopathy. So, he is a natural treatment nut. And we all know how they are about medications. He specializes in fibromyalgia treatment via diet and supplements. He believes that he can cure all with that. AND, it does actually work for SOME people. While you are seeing him, you have an NP or MD to take care of any medications you may need since the ND cannot write Rxs. They have a special fibromyalgia program. They usually use any meds as a last resort. I do not think there is another pain clinic out there quite like this one. I guess I should be glad that they still let me have the lortab. My GP was so funny. She fussed and fussed about the Lortab (she is big on the theory of rebound pain, where the opiates end up causing more pain....google it, it is interesting), but she prescribed it to me, LOL. First, urgent care gave me tramadol. Then the ER gave me darvocet. When I started seeing my GP, she prescribed me more darvocet. Well, it was like aspirin!! So, I ended up back in the ER and they put me on hydrocodone 5mg (lortab). I went back to the GP and she prescribed them also since they helped. As I got worse, I asked for 7.5. She freaked out, but prescribed them for me!! I love that she at least did not let me hurt, even tho she did not like those!! Then, I was shipped off to the pain clinic!! That was actually where I was diagnosed. Had no clue they had that unique fibro program. As it stands right now, I agree. All I really want is to go up to 10 mg hydrocodone. BUT, did I mention that drug seeking and diversion is especially bad in my area??? It is terrible here!!! So, most docs here are kinda hard nosed about opiates. The way I see it, I will be better off sticking with the pain clinic for now while I try the Lyrica so that if I end up having to up my Lortab dose and they won't do it, I will have on record for the new doctor that I tried everything else. OMG, that was a longwinded answer, huh?? hehehehe
Sandra, what up the the job??? Meant to ask last time.
Hey sugar, I understand the reluctance with meds. I guess because my NP and I are so close I expect other places to be the same. The last two health care facilities I've been to I've seen a NP in both, my first NP Marie, and the DO diagnosed my fibro. I also was going through my colitis phase which was very serious, dealing with an abusive husband and at the same clinic seeing a psychiatrist. So it was like family. When I moved here, luckily the clinic I go to has a NP, Marianne, who is from the original clinic so we kinda knew each other. When I see her for appointments she listens to everything, we weigh what's working and what isn't. And I have no insurance so for meds I'm limited. But I'm good where I am. But I do understand the need to be wary of drug seekers. How are you feeling?? I have a working interview tomorrow from 2-6 at a vet next town over. So that's step 2 of the process. If my peers like me and I'm a good fit then they'll call me back to start. Long process you're probably familiar with it as you've been a tech. It's been years since I've placed IV catheters but it's like riding a bike. And if I can draw blood on cats a dogs veins are a piece of cake, lolol. One of the techs is a guy, which is way cool. I'm excited to be around animal people again. I'll let ya know how it goes. Thanks for asking....love you tons sista!!
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