Hope it is OK to post this here.
This is the only forum I have ever used so far.
My daughter has had pain in her rib area for the last 2 weeks.
She saw the PA at our local clinic.
She is really good and usually right on the money with her diagnosis.
They did an x-ray and told her that it was pnemonia so they gave her an antibiotic, an inhaler, and a few Lortabs for the pain.
That was on Tuesday.
Last night she called me from work in tears because the pain was so bad and said it was on the right side under her ribs.
I immediately thought gallbladder because that is how mine presented when I had it.
Took her to the ER and I must say they didn't seem concerned in the least.
Gave her a shot of Toradol and did blood work.
The doctor came back in an hour and said the blood work looked perfect so he was going to send her home.
He asked how her pain was and she said it was a 7.
He said he found it hard to believe that the Toradol didn't help at all and left the room.
Next a nurse came in with her discharge papers.
Needless to say she was so upset to be going home in the same pain she went in there with.
Told her to make an appointment first thing in the morning with my MD.
She saw him this morning and he did another x-ray and said he saw no pnemonia but was concerned about either gallbladder or a blood clot in her lung due to the symptoms she was still having and since the antibiotic the PA gave her doesn't seem to be helping.
He told us to head to Hospital Admissions so he could admit her for a gallbladder scan and a CAT scan.
Said he was appalled that the ER didn't even attempt to control her pain and thought that needed to be addressed ASAP and thought admitting her at this point would be the best way to handle that as well.
I asked why the ER couldn't have done the tests last night and given her pain meds instead of making her suffer.
He said they should have and if anything like this ever happens again, to have them page him and he will handle it.
Told us that some of the ER docs just won't give strong pain meds unless you have a bone sticking out or a missing limb or something.
Anyway, I am thinking about having her write a letter to the hospital administrators to complain about her treatment last night.
We have had problems there before.
I figure if everyone that had less than adequate treatment at this ER would complain, maybe things would change.
Thanks for reading this and please keep her in your prayers.
I read this Forum all the time and have just started posting here.
There seem to be some truly wonderful, knowledgeable folks here and I want you to know that I appreciate each and everyone of your posts.
They are so helpful to me. Sorry this was so long.
Hope everyone is having a pain free weekend.