Migraine Hospital nurse

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Greenbean7, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. Greenbean7

    Greenbean7 New Member

    I had a migraine that got so bad on Wednesday that I had to go to the hospital. I tried to get a shot of demoral at the doc's office but both docs were out and one of them has to ok the shot. Demoral is the only thing that works well.

    We went to the hospital and while the triage nurse was asking all the questions that they should be able to read my chart and answer she said "I see you have epilepsy and have had a hysto, what was the first day of your last period?"

    Man, if I could have responded at all I would have said, hum, some time in 1996! Mark that down on the stupid questions list. My DH caught it, too. He was not happy with the nurse at all!

    Anyway, the doc was very nice but gave me composine (sp) and benedryl. Now I think composine is for nausea and benedryl in this case was supposed to relax me or it could have been to head off any reaction to the composine. Nothing there for pain you notice!

    Forty-five minutes later he came back in and asked if I had any relief. I said no, none!

    Then they gave me delauded (sp)and I started to get zoned out and not care about the pain anymore but it did eventually bring it down to a bearable level.

    I just don't understand why the don't use demoral in the ER anymore. They wouldn't even give it to me on the doc's orders! One day when the doc's office was out he had to call the hospital and have me admitted in the outpatient surgery area so they could give me the shot and then release me. Stupid!

    Ok, thanks, I vented! Today I am just exhausted and as soon as my boss goes home at noon I am going home, too. My lower back is killing me from laying still for so long and I want a muscle relaxer and heating pad and no more of this desk chair!

    Thanks for listening!

  2. fivesue

    fivesue New Member

    It is inexcusable the treatment you received. I used to go frequently to the ER for migraines, and the people knew me, puking and all, and I was given Phenegren for nausea and demerol or morphine for the pain.

    Go home, sleep it off and on we go.

    The last time, the man treated me like a druggie. I couldn't believe it. This has been several years ago, but I was a regular and to be treated so badly when in such pain was not right.

    Thankfully, I no longer have migraines, praise God. One good thing about getting old, I guess.

    But, this society is just too wrapped up in addiction and treats those who need the pain relief as street addicts.

    I am sorry for your experience and hope that you can rest this afternoon and feel better.

    Something has to be done about all this baloney.

  3. coolma

    coolma New Member

    had same experiences with Migraines - now on Imigrex prescribed by migraine specialist. Works well.
  4. sweetpea48

    sweetpea48 New Member

    Well, you have to realize that all those questions are on the triage page, and have to be asked of everyone. They could have looked up an old chart and copied the answers, but with some questions, the answer may change over time, so all questions are asked every time. It would take longer to look up the answers and transcribe them to the new chart than to ask you and have you answer, anyway. Just realize that triage is a process that is required, and unless you're dying or having something like a stroke or heart attack, you're going to have to go through it. Don't get upset over it and make your HA worse.

    As far as pain shots in the ER, there's no getting around it: some people do not like to give narcotics. The more of a "regular" you are, the more reluctant some dr's are to give you narcotics.

    Also, Demerol has some problems with it, and most places would rather give Toredol or Morphine. Demerol is on it's way out, IMO.

  5. Greenbean7

    Greenbean7 New Member

    Coolma - I used Imitrex for years and it stopped working for me. I use Maxalt (the kind that melts on your tongue) and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I swore by Imitrex for years and was very sad when it quit working. After two days of fighting it with Maxalt I gave up. Too long trying to get past it with Maxalt and pain meds can bring on a rebound headache.

    Sweetpea - I understand about triage and why it's important. This gal was actually reading from my chart. Even though they must ask the questions I don't believe it's necessary to mention the hysto and then immediatly, very next question, ask about my last period. She could have said "well then we don't need a date for your last period". Obviously the hysto isn't going to change LOL!

    Our ER simply does not use demerol anymore. Doc's office does and I hope they continue to do so because I can't use toradol and the dilaudid was not very effective. I've never been given morphine so I have no idea about it.

    Thanks for all your replys!

  6. coolma

    coolma New Member

    Your history shows anything taken to the extreme can actually turn against you. Your meds stop working after taking them a long time. I found that true on some also - can't take muscle relaxers any more, alot of sleep meds don't work, anti-depressants are the pits!

    maybe there will be healing in another way for migraines. I am wondering if nutritional healing would help here. I suffer migraines too, so can sympathize. I fight taking the Imitrex until I can't stand it anymore - because I know if I take too much they won't work.

    Can't remember 0- you have a migraine specialist? Probably.

    Have you been to a nutritionist? I am taking that next step to healing. I truly believe we can draw healing to us in alot of ways. Never give up!

    Hope you had a Happy Easter. Best wishes!
  7. jake123

    jake123 New Member

    I use Relpax now too and ice pack. The demerol works so quickly, that is why we like it. My doctor gave me a shot of Toradol last week and I had about 15 minutes of relief.

    Ten years ago I went to a migraine specialist who gave me a prescription for demerol and I didn't have near as many headaches. It was a generic name and I didn't know what it was, just that it worked. The dear man retired.

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