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Brenda. I just went through the same thing. I had fusion on May 1 and was sent home the next Monday. Tuesday night I was in so much pain, sick to my stomach, couldn't keep anything down. I could barely breath and I hadn't slept since I got home from the hospital and it was miserable. My mom came over and took me to the ER. They ran every test you could think of (only because I made them call my back doctor and talk to him, who had told me to go to ER), and they said everything looks good, you just need need to rest (ha, how do you rest if you are in so much pain). They also gave me demerol and sent me home. I was home for 2 hours and called my back doctor again and told him that I was miserable, he sent me to an Internist for evaluation. One look from the internist and he put me back in the hospital. There, they were were able to monitor me. Ironically, one week later, the ER doctor called and said that there was fluid on my lungs and was wondering how I was?????? Can you believe it. Anyway, I am sorry that you have had to go through that. I know exactly how you feel. When I had the interdiscal injection, I felt worse for the first 4 days and then back to what I was feeling before the injection. THe doctor told me no more of those injections and onto the next step (if there is one).

Maybe Xanax or something mild for anxiety will help you. That is what my doctor prescribed the second time out of the hospital. I am still experiencing pain, but I believe it is from the extensive surgery and hope that this is my last surgery!!!

Good luck and keep your head high
Renee
Hi Brenda :wave:

Sorry to hear of your pain.

I was just in the ER 2 weeks ago, and ready to go again! The doc on call didn't give me demoral, he gave me something that started with a T. I had the IDET on 12/18/03. Needless to say I am on 60 mgs of Oxycontin, and 20 mgs of Percocet. Soma 325 mgs three times a day..and then the antidepressent :(

I do think Xanax is helpful. My other doc put me on Klonpin and I just hate it. I hate all these meds!!! I have been in pain for two years. I have had 3 visits all in all to the ER.

You should thank your hubby for insisting on you going. My boyfriend is embarrassed to take me, and thinks I just want sympathy, and the pain medicine! What the CRAP!!!

So, see sweet Brenda, you are okay. And yes, the hospital does treat us like we are pain junkies. STUPID!

I wish this would all just end. I think one of us needs to stand up for the rest of us, any suggestions??

Anyone, Anyone, Anyone :)

Hang in there Brenda, you will be good. God Bless you!

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Hi ReneeRAF & Baxter :wave:

Thank you so much for the response.

ReneeRAF :wave: I am sooo sorry to hear about what happened to you, are you feeling any better now? I hope everything is going well for you now. I agree with you totally about trying to rest when you are in so much pain...it is impossible! I can't beleive that the ER doc called you a week later about the fluid in your lungs. Did you know anything about that? Did he do a xray of your lungs? That would explain why you were having a hard time breathing. It makes me sick the way that they treat people that are in pain. It sounds like you have been through a lot lately, and I will say a prayer for you :angel:

I am hoping I don't have to have anymore of the Intra-Discal injections, because I will refuse it. I have had plenty injections, but this one knocked me off my feet. Do you think the Xanax will help me? I think I need something for sleep and depression. Would Xanax address both of my problems? My life is a mess right now, and I would like to change it, but I don't know how. Even though I am sorry for what you went through, it makes me feel better that someone truly understands what I am going through. Ranee, thank you for making me feel better..and keep your chin up also. Things have got to get better.

Hi Baxter :wave:

I understand about being in the dark hole and I am trying very hard to dig myself out of it. Times like this really get me down.

I am going to call my doctor first thing tomorrow morning and rip more then his As* :mad: I would love for him or any doctor to be in my place for just one day Baxter, just one day. I bet things would change then. I am so angry, and at the same time, hurt by the way I was treated.

I know you have been going through some rough times yourself. I feel really bad for you, and wished I could help you. How are you making out with your LTD? Did that Bitc* Jessica ever get fired from her job? Do you still have to deal with her, or are you going to the new office? I hope everything works out the way you want, and I will say a prayer :angel: for you.

I think the only people that care about me and honestley understands what I am going through, is the people on this board.

Thanks for listening!
Brenda [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif[/img]
Hi cjsparrow & isilly me :wave:

You guys are wonderful...I can't say that enough! I am already starting to feel better knowing I am not alone.

Hi csparrow :wave:

I am sorry that you have had many trips to the ER. How did they treat you? That makes me so mad when people think that you just want sympathy and pain meds. I am sorry that your boyfriend feels that way :mad: Here's a good question, why the hell would you go to the hospital for pain medicine, when you have it at home? Don't they understand that sometimes the pain meds that you are taking, just isn't working? I think that doctors should be more concerned at making the patient feel comfortable.

I can only imagine the pain that you are going through, I mean my gosh you just had surgery 5 months ago, and it was an IDET at that. I heard that IDET takes a long time for recovery. My [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif[/img] goes out to you. I think if you are in a lot of pain, then you should go to the ER and get the shot they give you, if it helps with the pain.

This was the first time I had to go to the ER, and hopefully my last. I guess if I get into that situation again, I will try another hospital. I hope I never have to go through that pain again.

Also, I agree with you as far as being sick of medication, but could you imagine not having them? Renee had also suggested taking Xanax, do you think they would really help me out of this slump I am in? I have a appointment to see my family doc on Wednesday, should I ask him for it? I have to do something,and very soon, because I have a very dark cloud above me that I just can't seem to get out from being under it.

I am thankful now that my hubby made me go to the ER, but I wasn't at the time. I think I scared him because he has never seen me like this. I have been married to him for 17 years, and he sees what I am going through, but I don't think he understands.

Cj, thank you for being ther for me, and God Bless you! I hope everything works out for you and I pray that you recover quickly.

Hi isillyme :wave:

I am sorry to hear what you went through, geez that makes me so darn :mad: What do you mean they sent you home to wait it out? Did they give you anything for the pain? I can see from your signature that your back is really messed up! Why do doctors make us feel this way? I just don't understand it.

isillyme, I have never went to the ER for my back, and I just can't believe how they made me feel. I wasn't looking for drugs, I just wanted to be out of pain, and if it took drugs to make me feel better then give them to me. I had pain meds at home, but guess what, they weren't working! I am surprised I didn't over dose. I was taking more meds then I should have, but for some reason, they weren't helping.

Does this happen to you everytime you go to the ER? You don't know how bad I wanted to cuss this doctor out, but I couldn't, because I was at his mercy and he probably knew it. I was also in to much pain to put up a fight.

I hope that you are doing well and W/C approves your surgery. I will say a prayer for you so that when you have your surgery, you will wake up pain free. Thanks for taking the time to respond, its nice knowing that I have support.

Bless you,
Brenda [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif[/img]



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Hi Brenda, :wave:

I hope that you are feeling a little better today [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif[/img]

I just love that fighting spitit that you have [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/hammer.gif[/img]
please never lose that quality, it will get you very far in this life.

Yes, "Little Miss Bitc* Jessica" still has her job.
My doctor didn't have a say, as he left that practice shortly all of this happened.
I know she is still there because the girls at the other office told me so, even they hate her.
Who knows, maybe she's doing a few extra favors on the side for one of the docs HA !! I wouldn't doubt it.
I'm still appealing my LTD claim, they still haven't paid me since 3/6, my attorney has agreed to write them a letter on my behalf this week.

Once I find the time, I'm seriously considering taking her to small claims court for malicious intent to harm me. I have it in writing where she refused to supply the needed info. to Cigna, in retaliation of me writing that letter about her shi* attitude, so at least I have that on my side, and I won't need to pay an attorney.
I guess this falls under civil, not criminal, so I think this is the best way for me to handle her, without getting myself into any trouble.

I also take Xanax as needed on bad days. I think it's the best stuff on Earth.
It is a tranquilizer, not an anti-depressant.
I'm depressed also, but I refuse to let this pain rule my life, and add yet another med to my schedule.
The Xanax basically helps with anxiety, and calms me down when I get too wound up. It works great on relaxing me, and helps me not be such a worry wort, which I am.

You mentioned editing a post, all you have to do is open your posting, there is a little box next to the date at the top, that says edit your posting, it is right next to the profile box.
Once you click on edit, you can go in and make any corrections or remove parts of your posting. Then all you have to do is to click the submit button on the bottom, and your posting will be corrected the way that you want.
You can also edit more than once if needed, you just do the same thing over.(I think I just had to edit five times)

Please let us know how your doctor reacts to your phone calls, I sure hope he has an apology in store for you [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/t_up.gif[/img]

I hope you start to feel better soon [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif[/img]

Have a super day :bouncing:

Be Well,
Baxter [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/love2.gif[/img]

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Two level laminectomy fusion L5-S1 & L2-3 done on 12/6/02.
Fifteen inch scar from the very top of butt crack (sorry), to the bra line.
BAK cages, rods & screws.(Titanium)
My pelvic bone was used for grafting.
Praying that the other two discs in between, won't have to be fused later, as I was told it was a possibility, due to the other two discs in between, not being in that great of shape.
Doc didn't want to fuse four levels, unless it is really necessary.
I would hate to repeat the surgery, as the recovery period, is so very painful.
I also have a free fragment in my T11-12 area, that I'm still refusing surgery for, at this point in time.
That surgery is way too dangerous for me to consider, until if affects my being able to walk.

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Hi Baxter :wave:

I am feeling much better today, thank you. However, that whole episode has left a very bad taste in my mouth. I have become very angry with the medical profession :mad:.

I can't beleive that Bitc* Jessica still has her job. Why is it that some girls are so catty? She must have been jealous of you or something for her to be so mean. LOL..I agree with you as far as her doing favors on the side. How else could someone still have their job after pulling that crap with you? If most of the other girls hate her, she must be doing something!LOL

I don't blame you for taking action against her. What she did was wrong and totally unfair. I look at it as though..she took food from your table, and thats not good :mad:

Baxter, I would hold her accountable for what she did to you, because she could be doing this to other people that she doesn't like, and you probably just aren't aware of it. I would like to know how she got away with doing that? Was she ever repramanded?(sp?) I just don't understand people sometimes. A judge would def rule in your favor. I think she intentionally did it to harm you, and thats scary with her working in the medical field. The sad thing is, here you are in pain, just having surgery, having to run all over the place to get records for something that the Bitc* could have taking care of in 5 mins...geez that makes me angry! I hope everything goes in your favor :)

I have a appointment with my family doc on wednesday and I am going to ask him for some Xanax. I think I need something for the way I have been feeling. If Xanax is a tenquilizer then I know for sure I will get some ZZZZ's and that would make me very happy. :)

Keep me posted on what happens with LTD and the Bitc*. Also thanks for the info on editing..it worked YEAH! Since I already look stupid, now I can ask you how do you delete a message? I tried, but it wouldn't let me. You would think I would know how to do this by now, since my husband says I am addicted to this site :D

Thanks again
Brenda
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Hi Brenda, :wave:

I'm so glad that you don't have a long wait until you can see your primary doctor [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/t_up.gif[/img]

Some doctors are hesitant to prescribe the Xanax, but I'm a total worry wart, therefore, I fall "big time" into the anxiety catagory, so I have no problem having my doc write the script. She is one of the great doctors out there, I just wish they were all like her, not like the shi* that you had to go through.
The generic form is called Alprazolam, I wanted to let you know that in case they write it that way, I don't want you to be surprised if that happens. It's all good though :)
It's normally not for long term use, I keep it in my purse and only use it on really bad days, I sure hope it helps you sleep better.

I tried to get Jessica's last name today from several different people, but had that door slammed in my face as well.
They said it's office policy to not release their employees last names, and I even spoke to the head of personnel that was assisting me before.
I didn't tell anybody I was going to take her to small claims court though, I told her my attorney needed it for a letter he was writing on my behalf to my LTD carrier.
Either way, they won't give me her last name, so I have no choice but to give up the issue at this time, I have better things to worry about than her.
I'm a total believer of "what goes around, comes around" so I know that she will get hers someday.
They did assure me that corrective measures, as well as disciplinary measures have been taken, and that this will never happen to another patient again.
So at least maybe I was able to help somebody else, although it did cost me dearly.

You asked about deleting postings, only the moderators can do that, but you can correct and remove anything that you feel is needed after you submit a posting, by using the editing that we discussed earlier.

Wow, the board has been hopping today, I hope I can get caught up soon.

Please let me know how you make out on Wednesday, I hope things go your way for once, you sure are due for something to go right.

Please have a super evening :bouncing:

Be Well,
Baxter [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif[/img]






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Two level laminectomy fusion L5-S1 & L2-3 done on 12/6/02.
Fifteen inch scar from the very top of butt crack (sorry), to the bra line.
BAK cages, rods & screws.(Titanium)
My pelvic bone was used for grafting.
Praying that the other two discs in between, won't have to be fused later, as I was told it was a possibility, due to the other two discs in between, not being in that great of shape.
Doc didn't want to fuse four levels, unless it is really necessary.
I would hate to repeat the surgery, as the recovery period, is so very painful.
I also have a free fragment in my T11-12 area, that I'm still refusing surgery for, at this point in time.
That surgery is way too dangerous for me to consider, until if affects my being able to walk.
Hi Brenda. Hope you are feeling better today. The Xanax also helps me with anxiety and it helps me sleep. I recommend asking your doctor for it. You asked if I knew about the fluid on my lungs the night I went to the ER, the answer is no. I knew I was having trouble breathing, but the doctor on duty said that "everything is fine". My doctor was the one who called the ER and told them to do all of these tests, because if he hadn't, they would not have been done. I reamed the ER doctor who called me a week later and said, well just for your information I was admitted to the hospital 3 hours later by my Internist and that If I had got worse they would be getting a letter from me and my attorney (who I work for). He profusely apolized and said that the good news is that I was getting better. It was amazing.

Anyway, I hope you are feeling better. Talk to you later.
Renee
Hi Baxter :wave:

I am sorry you couldn't get Jessica's last name, but I agree that you should hold off on that issue and get yourself back on your feet. Just give it some time because you are right, what goes around comes around and she will get hers ;).

Thanks for the info on the generic name for Xanax, because if the doc gives it to me, thats what I would get. Do you think the doc will give me hard time about prescribing me the Xanax? He needs to give me something because this has been a very bad year for me. I guess all I can do is take one day at a time.

Well Baxter, please keep me posted on what happens with your LTD and the outcome of everything. When are you going back to work? For some reason, I thought you were suppose to go back in May...thats another thing, I have been getting things mixed up a lot lately, just another thing to add to my list.

I hope and pray that something really good comes your way, because you deserve it :D I think you have been through enough!

God Bless and take care,
Brenda [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif[/img]

Hi Renee :wave:

I can't beleive the ER doc did that. I am glad that you are alright and no harm was done. I don't blame you one bit for being angry. That doctor owed you more then an apology! I am glad that it all worked out in the end :)

I am feeling much better today since I was able to vent the other day. It sure does make you feel better getting it all out, and then have wonderful people like you, who support me and understand what I am going through. I am going to do that more often...lol

I have a doctor appointment tomorrow, so I am going to ask him to prescribe me some Xanax. If he doesn't, I am going to tell him that I need something for depression. I think that is whats wrong with me. I guess I will find out tomorrow.

Thanks for listening and sharing your story with me, it helped more then you will ever know.

God Bless and Take Care,
Brenda [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif[/img]
Hi Brenda :wave:

Thank you for writing me back. I do think Xanax would be good for you. Just tell the doctor about all of us on the board, and how it helps us. Also, I suffer from anxiety, and like our friend Baxter, I am a worry wart :eek:

If you are getting depressed, and it sounds like you are, so sad to hear that, but with all we go through, Depression is almost iminent. I would suggest asking about an Anti Depressant. I know how falling in that dark hole is, and it is better to catch it before it gets worse :) If you are having questions, then sounds like you may need to go on them. Don't feel bad though, as it happens to the best of us [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/cool.gif[/img]

Please hang in there, and my prayers are with you :angel:

BAXTER, hello my friend!!!! Remember the Sparrow? She (me) be feeling awful bad lately *sniff*

Then to add to the misery, my doc adds more pain meds...yucko!!!!!!!! How are you feeling????? I can't believe you are going back to work, are you up to it??? Take Care my friend :)

[img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif[/img] cj
Hi Brenda, :wave:

I hope that you and everybody is doing well today :angel:

As far as the Xanax, it will totally depend on your doctors feelings, I had to try different drugs before I got bumped up to the Xanax.

It sounds like the anti-depressants would also help in your case, maybe you can discuss the benefits of both with him.
The Xanax won't help you totally with the mood swings, it just relaxes me so I don't have to worry and fly off the handle so much.

I'm stubborn, I'm saving the anti-depressants as a last resort. For some strange reason, I feel like if i agree to them, then I'm letting the pain win, it's bad enough that it controls my body, but I'm trying very hard to keep it off of my brain :)
Please don't let me sway your decision, you know best what is good for you.

I'm still not working, the doctor refused to release me in May, until we figure out what is wrong with me, so your not losing it :)

CJ,

I would never forget you, I'm sorry that you had to add an extra med into the mix, but I'll be praying so hard that it will make you feel better :angel:

I so much wish I had a way to take away your pain, my magic wand has retired on me, or else I'd be using it on all of you.

Please don't give up, I'm here to back all of you, we can all get through this terrible period together, I just know we can.

I'm usually around on most days if any of you ever need a shoulder to lean on [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif[/img]

Take Care,
Baxter [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/love2.gif[/img]

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Two level laminectomy fusion L5-S1 & L2-3 done on 12/6/02.
Fifteen inch scar from the very top of butt crack (sorry), to the bra line.
BAK cages, rods & screws.(Titanium)
My pelvic bone was used for grafting.
Praying that the other two discs in between, won't have to be fused later, as I was told it was a possibility, due to the other two discs in between, not being in that great of shape.
Doc didn't want to fuse four levels, unless it is really necessary.
I would hate to repeat the surgery, as the recovery period, is so very painful.
I also have a free fragment in my T11-12 area, that I'm still refusing surgery for, at this point in time.
That surgery is way too dangerous for me to consider, until if affects my being able to walk.

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