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Scared Might Have to Go to ER

thecraftyhometthecraftyhome Posts: 1
edited 06/13/2015 - 8:14 PM in Lower Back Pain
Two years ago I was stuck in bed for six months before having surgery to remove my burst disc. It was horrible and the doctor said it was the biggest piece of free floating disc he's ever taken out of someone's back. Because of this I have scar tissue in my spinal column. My pain has been getting bad again and I have been in bed for six weeks and only able to get up for about 15 minutes at a time, until yesterday. As of yesterday it has gotten way worse and even more worse tonight. I can't even move my legs or raise my head without crying out in pain. I can't eat because the pain as me so nauseous and I can't sit up. I'm afraid of what will happen when i need to go to the bathroom.

I've had an MRI a couple weeks ago and saw my back doctor last week and he said I have a bulging disc at L5/S1 and since I've had surgery before my nerve can't move to get out of the way of the disc hence the pain. I'm afraid something has gotten worse though since that MRI. I'm waiting for insurance to approve a steroid injection.

Honestly right now I'm scared though. I'm scared I won't be able to move to get to the bathroom and I'm scared I'll need to go to the hospital (since it is a weekend and neither my regular dr nor my back dr have a number to call for after hours) and they will just say there is nothing they can do.

I just needed somewhere to vent where others would understand. Thanks for listening.



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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    I would never be afraid to go to the ER, esp when pain is out of control and you're unable to move, to function to even go to the bathroom.
    Before my spinal issues and out of my mind pain under control, I did have friends to drive me to ER, more than one occasion.
    One time ER visit was from me calling 911. I could not move out of the bed, and severe pain, however that ER visit revealed ischemia to my large intestine. I never would have guessed that! So not spine related, but incapacity is incapacity.

    My experience with out of control symptoms, they can take on life of their own and it takes long time to get them to settle down.
    And you do not know what is going on with your spine, or elsewhere for that matter.

    Fear of ER saying, "nothing they could do", to me , isn't good reason to make decisions for yourself.
    We do the best to care for ourselves and can't predict others response. When you get a response, deal with it from there,

    But try not to be afraid of things that have not yet happened and may never happen.

    if this was happening to one of your loved ones, what would you tell them? Some of us tend to minimize what happens to us, but if a loved one, we get them help.

    I'm not telling you to go or not to go to ER, but just asking that you please take care of yourself best you can.

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