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i had to go to the er again last night because the pain was getting worse

chronic sufferchronic suffer Posts: 115
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Chronic Pain
i had to go to the er again last night because the pain was getting worse and worse and i was running a fever this time i went to a other er and they did urine test and did a ct on my stomach and blood work and had a iv in me i was in so much pain they had gave me one pain med by iv and it did not do anything for me so they had to give me morphine 2 times thats the only thing that really helped i have 5 kidney stones in both kidney and still have the uti they had to give me meds for me being so sick to my stomach and they also sent me home with some promethazine and gave me some more pain meds they gave me percocets me and my husband was out there till 6:30am and came home and went to bed and i just woke up a little bit ago but he is still a sleep we had got to the er at 11:30pm or so and they did not get me back till almost 2am the er i went to monday did not tell me how many kidney stones i had i guess because they only did a x ray and the er last night did a ct and thats how they seen how many i have


  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Sorry you had to go to the er again. Did they say whether or not they think you will be able to pass the stones or will you need to have surgery?

    Hope the meds help. You really should see your doctor and get a referral to a urologist or a nephrologist.

    I hate the er and would only go if it was life or death--or really close. Besides that, with our insurance our copay is ridiculous for the er and I always felt like it was money wasted since I'd end up at my doctor anyway. Still I know when pain is bad enough you'll do anything for relief and kidney stones are about as painful as it gets!

    Feel better soon
  • Leah, I'm glad you went and that they gave you proper tests and meds. Are you gong to call your doctor today and see if you can get in to see her right away? Not only about this, but to ask for the referral to a pain specialist for your chronic pain?
    I hope you're at least comfortable now, and your fever is down. Take care of yourself, drink lots of water and cranberry juice!! I've also heard yoghurt is good to have as well.
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • I'm glad that your fever is down. Is there any possible way that you can call your primary doctor to get an appointment? It's awful to be in pain and to not be treated for it! Can you get that referral for pain management? I can't stand going to ERs either. I always worry about the germs there, lol.
  • Sorry that's still so bad Leah. I think I remember that you have an appointment with your Dr tomorrow? Hopefully she can refer you to who you need to see in order to get thus taken care of. I hope you feel better soon.
  • Yes, please call your doctor and tell them what's going on so she can fit you in right away! You need to be seen by a specialist!

  • flower12345 said:
    I'm glad that your fever is down. Is there any possible way that you can call your primary doctor to get an appointment? It's awful to be in pain and to not be treated for it! Can you get that referral for pain management? I can't stand going to ERs either. I always worry about the germs there, lol.
    Didn't the ER give her meds the last time she was there? I think the problem is that when they start to pass, nothing you can take orally is going to have much of an effect on the pain :(
  • You see your regular Dr. tomorrow - correct?

    Hope she/he can help you with all of this.

    Sorry to hear all you have been going through :(
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • hey leah
    i hope those stones pass soon i have heard its best to let them pass naturally but if you have go to er few times perhaps its best to go ahead and have them removed by surgery...
    my brother just went thru this and he wouldnt let them operate he waited over a wk...pls call your doc asap and get this taken care of..
    you have been sick with this long enough and i'm glad hubby finally took you in....try setting an alarm so you can stay on schd with pain meds...i sure hope and saying prayer for you these pass soon;;
    i'm here or fb if you want to chat
    rest when you can
    neck,bone spurs pain started 04, back issues and fusion l4,l5 06~hardware removed.
    good few yrs. 09 pain sharp, numbness feet,legs, diagnosed fibro, neurop. legs.lung issues.
    daily goal do good thing for someone.
  • no i have not got into my reg doctor yet but i go tomorrow to see her the doctor said i should be able to pass the stones
  • Leah, I know I always sound like a downer, but what is your insurance company's policy on determining whether something is an emergency? They aren't going to have an issue with all of these ER visits, are they?

    I just know you've mentioned that you are in severe financial straights. You might want to contact your insurance company to make sure that they will not have an issue with multiple ER visits for the same issue, etc. Better safe than sorry!

  • How did Fridays appt go?

    I have tried contacting you with no success, hope all is well :)
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • i missed my appt but i am going to call tomorrow to get in
  • I have followed all your posts and know you are going through a tough time. I am just curious how and why you missed your appointment on Friday. If I was hurting as much as you are, I think I would have crawled on my knees to see my doc. :?? Well, not actually crawled because I can't do that, but you know what I mean.
  • Beachdog said:
    I have followed all your posts and know you are going through a tough time. I am just curious how and why you missed your appointment on Friday. If I was hurting as much as you are, I think I would have crawled on my knees to see my doc. :?? Well, not actually crawled because I can't do that, but you know what I mean.
    I am not passing any judgment here and have avoided getting drawn into doing so in the past.

    I just can't not say, Until you get in to see a regular doctor of some type you are probably not going to get far in your search for a solution to your pain. ED docs typically take each case on a moment by moment basis which leaves you almost starting at square one with each trip to the ED and each miss of doctors appt.

    I do not know your insurance or any other financial situation, I don't even know if this will help. I would first off say that perhaps a visit to an Urgent care will save you over the ED visit. We always start with a PCP, then an Urgent care, last step is the ED. Our costs follow that line, with each one being more costly, and honestly more aggravating to endure.

    Do you have a teaching hospital in your area? They seem to be more inclined to bring in specialists when presented with situations such as yours. Since they are teaching they can actually want new patients with unique problems.

    Hope some of this helps and you get into see a doctor that can help long term soon.
  • Yep, I'm with Wrambler. Always follow up an ER visit with a visit to the regular doctor- it's part of continuity of care and keeping your PCP "in the loop." Also, if you need to go to a specialist (I would think you would with that many kidney stones!), your PCP is the one who makes that call.

    Emergency rooms are no place to get your regular medical care. That's just not what they are there for. They are there for emergencies- and rather than working on an appointment system (like your regular doctor) or a "first come first served" system like an urgent care, they work on a triage system, so people with life-threatening emergencies go before those with non-life-threatening-emergencies. That's why it takes 8 hours to be seen for kidney stones.

    I hope your doctor doesn't charge you for the missed visit! I know mine does unless I cancel 24 hours in advance!
  • As a fellow kidney stone, kidney infection, bladder infection and UTI patient... your PCP will be able to refer you right away to a Urologist.

    The Urologist will REALLY help you and they completely understand the pain you get with all of the above.

    I look forward to hearing when you get an appointment scheduled with a Urologist.

    Keep pumping the fluids.

  • Did you call and get another appointment Leah? I'm with the others, you really need to see your pcp, to get the referrals you need. Even if you feel so crappy and not want to leave the house, you really do need to.
    Anyways, hope you're feeling better, let us know how you are, and when you go to see your normal doctor! Take care!
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • i slept in my husband shut the alarm off and did not wake me up i called my reg doctor today to try to get into her the pain from the kidney stones is getting really bad to where i can barly walk
  • In canada you would be charged $60-$120.00 for missed apts! As a medical receptionist I would not be happy that you were a n/s and make sure not to book you for a while because while you slept in someone else that needed to be seen had to wait. So, you wasted a doctor's time and also somebody else who needed that apt could have been seen.

  • Like I said with my post above. It's so sad that someone else could have been seen I guess that's karma..
  • Trust those who have had kidney stones, they will definitely get your attention and bring you to your knees
  • Hi Leah
    I do not understand,did your husband not realize how timportant it was for you to keep your appointment.You were sleeping too good?I don't get it.
  • To Medic008

    I have posted similar to yours weeks ago. As an RN/EMT I value your observations. It is pretty much evident now when an important doctor appt. is missed, which is easier to go to than to an ER twice in one week.The transparency is apparent. With your qualifications,I suspect being oblivious is not part of your job. As Beachdog said, I would have crawled there too if I was in such acute pain. As for sleeping in, or putting her appt.onto her husbands responsibilities insofar as the alarm... My pain doesn't have a bedtime..It wakes me periodically throughout each & every night since my PLIF surgery.I am up for the day latest 6:30am. It defies belief to have any excuse to miss a doctor appt. especially a highly anticipated one, considering kidney stones,and trips to ER twice.
    My surgeons office would not tolerate a no-show especially without a call,it is not considerate of others time as LisaRachel mentioned, and there are no excuses of any value, barring an emergency
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    since the pain is getting so bad again does that mean another trip to the er tonight? Since you're in such financial trouble I don't see how you're affording all these er visits. Honey, you need to see your family dr/gp and get in to see a urologist.
    Pain meds won't make those stones go away.

  • This is a game see who can coddle her and see who get into trouble. I hope now everyone who has been so supportive understands the frustrations of these posts.
    I was not going to bother posting anything but when I saw she slept in and missed her apt that really upset. Like I said, I work in a doctor's office and one time this person who acts like cs had a 30min apt with the doctor and of course she was a n/s but that morning a patient who was 88 called because she felt sick but did not want to bother anyone when I told her the doctor was booked she said don't worry sweetheart I'll be okay the next day I called her and her sister told me she had a stroke that day and was in hospital it was too late to help her because she waitied too long. I always wonder what would have happend if she was seen that day when the doctor had a full 30min n/s of someone who cry's wolf!

  • Why am I not surprised that somehow Leah managed to miss this most anticipated appointment on Friday and of course, it is all someone else's fault that she missed it. .......sigh. And of course, she called but couldn't get in on Saturday or Monday either.
    When does the coddling and the don't want to offend garbage stop? When it is allowed to call something by what it is.....at the very least, she is a non compliant patient, at worst ,she is every doctor's nightmare. One who will at every turn not follow the directions of the treating physician. Whether she is abusing meds, which I believe that most of us with half a brain believe she is, or she is non compliant or both, she is abusing the very system that those of us who live with chronic pain have to live within each day.
    I will not be at all surprised to see a post by her later tonight or tomorrow about how she just had to go to the ER again because her "pain" was so bad. In other words, she took too many pills again at one time and now she is out so she needs yet another prescription and of course, those mystical kidney stones of hers will have multiplied from the 5 in each kidney to 10 or more , or she will have come up with yet another "injury" that no one can verify that she has in order to obtain more pain meds, afterall she is in the right and those of us who call her behavior for what it is can see all those large, waving red flags for what they are, red flags.
    I suppose this post will get me banned from Spine Health and if it does, that is truly even sadder that they would rather allow a long time poster on both old and new boards to be banned rather than maybe direct a poster to get the help they so desperately need, and it is not more pain meds.
    I joined spine health because of it's honesty, even brutal honesty at times because those of us who suffer from chronic pain sometimes need that level of honesty.It has since become something that is not even remotely recognizable to what spine health once was.
  • I'm really sorry but I can't understand all of the frustration here. No one here owns CS's problems except for herself. If you find yourself getting frustrated, then I would wonder if you are going a little too far in trying to diagnose and treat someone.

    I think there are a lot of smart people here who can offer good ideas and share their own experiences to help people who want to help themselves. I have personally solved a couple of major challenges based upon the insight I sought here and obtained here. However, never did I expect this forum to take ownership of my problems.

    I guess it's a blessing that people are so committed to helping, but you can only "lead a horse to water". Please forgive the cliche.

    I'm still looking forward to a day where I can participate here without all of the tension.

    Take Care, everyone. I don't think I can make it to the gathering in FL. It's my 25th anniversary next fall and I want to do something special for my wife. She deserves it!

  • i kept waking up that night and did not sleep good and my husband knew that because when he came to bed at 3:30am in the morning i was awake and could not sleep and no i am not going to the er tonight even though i am really hurting and can barly walk and no this is not a game to me and i am not lying to any of you and you guys are judging again you can say all you want that your not but you are i am done with any of you that don't believe me and i am not saying no more on this post to any of you that want to keep going on and on and judgeing me and i am about ready to leave this site for good and never come back i could not help it that my husband let me sleep because he knew i did not sleep good but when he got up and shut the alarm off because i was sleeping so good
  • great post Sandi! I respect honesty..

  • Each person with pain knows that we never sleep well and especially when the pain levels are what you have complained about.......this is the life of those of us with chronic pain.
    It's amazing to me that you can find the time and ability to post when you claim that you are in such pain that you can barely walk, yet you can make posts about it on a forum.
    Forgive me, but when I am in pain above a certain level, the last thing on my mind and the last thing that my body will allow is for me to sit and post about it.
    I am willing to bet that you find yourself in the ER tonight or early in the morning, simply because your husband will "make" you go again, afterall, he can't sit by and watch you in such pain that you can't hardly walk , now can he?
    You need help Chronic and it is not from a pain management doctor, it is from a doctor that specializes in addiction medicine. You need to get yourself into some type of program where you can deal with the pain that you say you have, where you can learn about other methods of dealing with chronic pain, other than pain pills and you need on going aftercare to make a life that is worth living.
    I wish you nothing but the best, but am not going to ignore the elephant in the room any further........you need help and it is not in the form of pain pills.
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