I have been calling more often over the last few months. I avoid the ER because I tend to be treated like an drug addict. Any one tx so?

I have been calling more often over the last few months. I avoid the ER because I tend to be treated like an drug addict. Any one tx so?

I have a spinal fusion, spinal cord stimulator, and I am in pain management program but they do not have urgent appoints and will not adjust meds between appointments so they tell be to go to the ER but the ER staff treat me like an addict. I currently have a hugh bruise going across my back and hip from a fall 2 days ago and am in terrible pain. Any one else running into these… read more

A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

Unfortunately unless your situation is a life or death matter the ER is more concerned with keeping their licenses and not going to jail then treating the patient who is in so much pain that their only option is bring themselves to the one place that is designed as the fail safe for those who have nowhere else to turn. Who is to say it is not a life and death matter to the person in that situation as a patient, trust me pain sucks and sometimes its enough to wish it would just go away no matter what the cost.

We live in the great land of Federalism and because every state depends greatly on federal dollars the federal government controls everything. Go against the fed and they cut your funding it's that simple. Even worse is the federal court system which is not tied up and bogged down with case after case but rather prosecutors can sit back and go after anything they want and unfortunately nowadays that means they are after the medical professionals who the government blames for the very undefined and often misunderstood "opioid epidemic". I have a lot of articles recently (peer reviewed, academic, and not propaganda) which contradict the definition of "opioid epidemic", measurement of the statistics used to support the critical government findings in the "opioid epidemic", and the correlation of cause and effect to suggest that how the government is proceeding is actually working. Addiction is not dependence and for people living with chronic pain (and acute flair ups) stop interfering with their medical care. Good people are dependent on these medications so that they can live their lives by reducing their pain to a somewhat manageable level. Stop harassing the medical professionals who have made in their professional opinion an assessment that using these pain medications benefits the patient more than it could possibly hurt them. Stop the incorrect propaganda and the ridiculous laws being passed and let's get back to patient care and doing what's best for them.

posted 6 months ago
A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

I find it fascinating to hear what people think of an ER. I have Fibro, ruptured discs in my back, neuropathy, arthritis and I’m an ER nurse. I see how people are treated in the ER. I think there is a lot of confusion about our role in medicine. Emergency Medicine doesn’t touch on any of these diagnoses. ER doctors want to do life and death emergencies only. I work in a rural ER where we see more clinic type things due to the area we are in. When I ruptured a disc in my back I went to the ER, they refused to do an MRI or anything other than an X-ray. They are now not wanting to run the other tests because according to them, that’s where my primary care doctor should do that. I felt like I was being treated like a drug seeker! I even told them, I don’t want pain meds. Only Ketoralac and a steroid, they happily did that. I told them they could flag my chart if they want. I’ve had gastric bypass and can’t take NSAIDS because it could cause failure at the areas they put your bowel together. I have found pain pills do the same thing. I use edibles and medical marijuana capsules. Both help me immensely. I couldn’t work if I didn’t. Having said that, I don’t take anything when I have to work, I wait until bedtime, take my capsule and go to bed. Works well for me.

posted 8 months ago
A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

I just stay away from the Ezr. I actually HAD to go to the Ezr in may because I fell in my flooded apartment and I really screwed up my tailbone and hip. I never NEVER asked for anything for pain. I was more interested in getting the correct xrays taken but of course they treated me like a damn drug addict looking for drugs. Uh I NEVER asked for anything. I think the nurse might have asked the doctor because she felt awful for me being in so much pain from the fall on top of my ongoing issues. And I kept hearing him referring to "Can't give anything for pain blah blah " finally i realized he was talking about me. I got my ass up and went into the hallway and asked him. "EXACTLY WHEN DID I ASK YOU FOR ANYTHING FOR PAIN??? I told him NEVER because I know better than to ask a two bit country hick quack for help. I just want the damm xray and I will be on my way. I can read xrays because I was a paramedic for years so I just needed their xray machine that was it. He was "offended" I talked to like that. I told him to stop being a drama Queen and crying and being a deceitful victim when clearly he was not. I told him that street goers both directions. And I walked out. I resent the hell out of people in the medical profession who get on their high horse and act like that and I usually call them out on their nonsense and I can because I NEVER ask for any pain relief from a er. It's pointless. It's a damn shame is what it really is.

posted 3 months ago
A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

I have same problem and hate it . It’s like chronic pain doesn’t matter. My Rheumy retired new replacement won’t write opiates even though the Dr she replaced put me on them 30 plus years. Now I have to see pain mgmt who treat all like drug heads , wont acknowledge any requests for earlier appt and write on each rx do not fill early . Even when they cut my dosage down from the last 20 plus yrs ! It infuriates me

posted 8 months ago
A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

Norma, my CBD oil was max strenght, 200 mgs i believe. U HAVE to get the strongest u can find, then place the drops under your tongue for as long as u can, to speed up the absorption process. I know its nasty but ill hold it 10 mins. Im a real lightweight when it comes to pot, and the CBD even gives me a sedating buzz (but thats not normal at all, i used to barf all night if i take more than 1 hit of pot, praying to God to let me die lol.) Hope this made someone laugh. Have a great day!

posted 11 months ago
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