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Please, Need help to know what to ask for when I walk in to the emergency room tomorrow.

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Update: Unbearable buttock and sciatica pain from a minor fall last month. Taking 1200 Neurontin (up from my 100mg/day fibro meds) and 6000mg Tylenol/day with no reduction in pain. Can't sleep or get comfortable at all. Getting worse. I went to the local health clinic, here in the boondocks yesterday, but they told me they couldn't help and for me to go to the emergency room in the next city over. I'm arranging for care for my pets and house and am going to the emergency room tommorrow a.m.

Dax007 was kind enough to answer my earlier post and suggest I try to get a TESLA 3 MRI and hopefully get multiple opinions from neuros. For a newbie to walk into a pretty good emergency room ....What should I ask for? What should I not settle for? What relief from pain should I expect?

Because I lost my good health insurance, my specialists aren't available to me anymore. So my options are Medicaid clinics and the emergency room.

Any advice for my emergency room visit would be most appreciated.


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  • I may be wrong but my limitted experience with the ER is not very satisfactory. The first thing I am always told is that they are not there to perform pain mgt. I am always referred back to my primary doc or a specialist. It matters not if the doc wants cash up front to see you. The only time I go to the ER (across the street!!!!) is if I hit my head pretty hard when I fall and think an xray is called for. Otherwise, I stay home and avoid a lot of negative dialoge about drug seeking. Best wishes and keep us posted.
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  • Just a few ER observations. Go in in a wheelchair. If you are mobile, it can't be that bad,eh? Take someone with you to verify the problem. While you need to communicate your pain level as a symptom, keep your conversation equally focused on how it is effecting you. You can't stand up long enough to fix the simplist meal. You can't make to the bathroom without assistance. When the big pain surges hit, you fall to the floor. How often you fall as a result of those shocking surges. When was the last time. Keep a journal of that sort of info and take it with you to the ER. Your doc appreciates that sort of documentation also. So sorry you are going through this.
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    I know here in Ohio the ER is limited on what test they can perform. A MRI cannot be done thru the ER unless one criteria is met, and that is loss of bladder or bowel control. That is it. It must be done thru your PCP, however they can do a cat scan and xrays. As far as pain they may get you the relief you seek but it will only be for a short time, you will have to find a doctor to manage your pain. I remember those days before I had a pain doc and my heart hurts for you, there is nothing worse then uncontrolled pain. Have you had previous test that show why you are having this pain? Good luck and I hope they help you in the ER and get you to the specialist that you will need
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