Well, after about 7 hours at the hospital, I am finally home LOL. Not that it took so long for ME, but right after I got there (this is a very small community hospital with 3 or 4 ER beds) several babies/small children came in with fevers, two older kids came in with broken bones, ect. Then a trauma alert comes in, major car crash LOL. I must be back luck!!
I'm not sure if I mentioned it in one of my other posts, but the last time I went to the ER, the doctor informed me that the ER is NOT the place to get drugs/prescriptions, and I had also mentioned that my B/P was very low. He literally said "I dont have time to deal with your blood pressure" and walked out of the room. Thats why I chose a different hospital ER tonight, because of the way I was treated by that doctor at the other hospital.
They took me in for vitals immediately, then into registration...then all hell broke loose with the other pts. But one thing is DID notice is that while the girl was registering me, the SAME DOCTOR that treated me so badly at the other hospital was working THIS ER tonight, at THIS hospital!! I have anxiety issues, as I've said previously, so of course, my mind is saying OK, this guy is gonna treat me like crap again, he's not going to help me, blah blah blah. It was an excrutiating 6 hours of waiting in the lobby to be seen, with my mind going in all different directions.
When they finally called me back into the actual ER... the doctor didnt' even recognize me, and if he did, he didn't show it. He was very nice tonight, talking to me, spent a few minutes actually doing a little exam, ect. So, that worry was gone. I explained to him that I've told my regular Dr. that one vicodin didn't help my pain, but the reg. dr kept prescribing only 1 vicodin 5/500 every 12 hours. The regular dr. just kept saying "you can't take more, its too much acetominophen". Ha, what a lie...I'm wondering if he's beginning to think I'm "drug-seeking"? So anyway, after explaining all this to the ER dr, he gave me 2 percocets for tonight and a prescription for vicodin 10/625 or whatever amt is in the 10mg of vicodin. THIS is what I've been begging my regular dr to do. So I'll get those filled tomorrow and although I'm a little hesitant of taking a whole 10mgs of vicodin at once, I KNOW that it will help the pain.
I also found out from the ER nurse and the dr. that my state medical card does NOT insist that I have PT before they'll perform a bone scan or an MRI. If your dr. orders it, the card will pay for it. Now I have to wonder why my regular doctor has been telling me all this stuff, when obviously he (or someone on his staff!) should know better. So regardless, the best advice I got tonight from the ER is that I REALLY need to find a dr here, closer to where I am now, who can get me started and established with a primary care dr and then he can refer me to Pain Management or PT or whatever, and he can also FINALLY order the correct tests to find out what is going on. I've been hesitant to do that also, because my reg. doctor understands anxiety and has no problem giving me the anxiety meds that I need. I'm afraid I might have trouble finding another dr. who is willing to prescribe the anxiety meds along with some pain meds. But, I won't know until I try, so tomorrow morning, per the nurse's instructions, I am going to call the hospital and see if they can give me the names of some of the doctors who are taking new patients and try to get established with them. Then they can follow me locally and refer me to whatever specialists that they see fit. I think that sounds like a great plan lol.
The ER doc tonight that prescribed the 10mg vicodin wrote every 4 hours prn. LOL thats funny to me, because although that would definitely take the pain away, I wouldn't spend one minute awake if I took them that frequently lol. So this prescription should last me about 15 days, hopefully plenty of time to find a new doc. It just sucks that back pain is unprovable without the proper tests and I have nothing to show a new doctor that "proves" that I have a back problem.
I'm sorry to go on and on...I'm this way in real life too, I love to talk and sometimes can't help myself lol. I really enjoy reading all the posts on here, because now, I'm not as worried about "cancer" as I was when I first wrote. After reading soooo many posts from people who have back/neck/shoulder pain, and theirs didn't turn out to be cancer, its given me the strength to say that mine more than likely isn't cancer either. And, truthfully, if it would turn out to be something (cancer lol) then I will just have to deal with that and take it one step and one day at a time. TY all again, for being there for so many people, especially people like me who are just in pain and maybe needing an ear to whine to, or who actually will answer the questions that you have, without making you feel weird or whatever. I can already tell this board is going to do me lots of good.
I'm almost done lmao...I do have one question tho. Since I've posted all of my posts to the "newbie" board, what board should I go to now? Or should I just stay here until I get a diagnoses or what? Don't want to clutter a board that I don't need to. Thanks guys, talk to ya later!