ER Nightmare and Pain Doc today

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by risinforce, Oct 10, 2005.

  1. risinforce

    risinforce New Member

    If you didn't read my posts from last week then you might not know that I had a migraine for around 6 days. Could not knock them out with all that is in my arsenal. Called my Pain doc and waited over 24 hours no call back. So I had no choice to go to er. Well I was treated like crap.

    Doctor didn't even bother to ask me much. Just said "what do you want". Of course I said I wanted the pain to stop. I had told them that ontop of having the migraine I had FMS and herniated disc/spondiolethesis. it was like once they found out I had a pain doc then I was a junky. Well duh, if I have a pain doc why the F.... would I need to come to er? Anyway he said do you want demeral or morphine. I said I don't know what will work better? he said you tell me you've done this before. I said what??? I have only been to er once before and that was 2003. Jackass! Anyway he gave me morphine then kicked me out before I even knew if one shot was enough. I was in tears.

    That was when I got really mad and called my doctor's office and got ahold of the receptionist and demanded to talk to a nurse. Then I got a hold of a nurse and demanded an apointment today. I asked her why I had not gotten a phone call back and she said it takes them 24 to 48 hours. I told her pain can't wait that long!

    Needless to say in an hour I have an appnt w/my pain doc. I am out of my pills (early) because I've had to double up due to headache, moving, IRS audit, Stress, Stress. All the things he knew about and would not adjust my meds. So he and I are going to have a heart to heart to day and well I may be looking for a new doctor if he can't seem to understand that I cannot live in a bubble and ignore life's stresses. There are times in our lives that we need more meds and times we dont' . Also if his office staff cannot accomidate their patients then they can take a flying leap. I'll keep you posted of the out come.

    Hugs, Shawn
  2. LollieBoo

    LollieBoo New Member

    I agree with you 100%- you were treated inappropriately and shamefully! When you feel up to it, I would file a formal complaint with the hospital and the pain clinic. Usually that is as easy as filling out a comment card. However you do it, submit something in writing. It has to be documented then, both that action was taken, and that the incident happened on a permanent record.

    It seems to me that a pain clinic (I had a "headache specialist") should be more sensitive than any other place as to people in irretractible pain. If someone calls their office, they may be busy- but those "crisis calls" are a part of a pain clinic's purpose. That should be accounted for in their staffing.

    If you call at 8 am (which I have done after spending the night in agony- no sleep, no respite), your problem should be addressed in some way by 9 am. I have been frustrated when my call was not answered until 2 pm!! It is unconscionable to allow someone to remain in pain for 24-48 hours! That is positively ridiculous.

    That ER doc needs a good wake-up call, too. What an oaf!

    Hang in there!
    Lollie
  3. fivesue

    fivesue New Member

    Did the ER docs help you? I have been to the hospital ER many times for migraines, and the docs and nurses there just added me to their list of regular migraine patients...in their minds, not on an official list. No problems. No hassle or judging. I'm really surprised at this reaction.

    I hope all goes well with the pain doc. I myself wouldn't burn bridges with him as pain docs are hard to find...we have none in our area; maybe your area is different.

    Just pray you get the help you need. How is the rest of your life going?

    Best wishes,
    Sue