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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
An Update (Trip to the ER)
Wednesday (July 4th) was especially bad. Nothing could help relieve or distract me from the pain. I was crying so much (uncontrollably) in the evening / night - very out of character for me. We decided to go to the Emergency Room - we went to a stand-alone ER (rather than the ER at a hospital, since the closest one is 30+ minutes from the apartment), which is only a mile or so away from the apartment. I was so scared and hurting so badly, and I hated having to leave Honey at home.
The ER wasn't all that helpful - they didn't ask what meds I was on, give me fluids, ask me questions about the pain / symptoms, etc. The doctor came in and said, "Well, I can't prescribe Demerol" (I'm guessing he must've seen something related to my insurance because we hadn't mentioned it Ummm, I never asked him to. I told him that I'd already tried Demerol for this migraine, and it hadn't helped.
They came to give me "meds for the pain and nausea." I had to ask what they were about to give / inject me. They gave me Zofran ODT and Dilaudid. We stayed there a bit to make sure I didn't have a reaction, and then they sent me home (told me to contact my doctor, but to go to a hospital ER if pain continues / worsened). We were only gone for 1.5 hours, so that was great. Thankfully, the meds dropped my pain for a 9 to an 8. I took my night medicine and was able to get a few hours of sleep at a time through the night.
But, the pain continued... Jeremy called my doctor the following morning, and he started me on a two day regimen of corticosteroids. I finished those a few days ago, and I've still been dealing with the pain. I used one of my migraine meds on Sunday, and I've been able to keep the pain to a manageable migraine level (only manageable by not really doing anything but resting) for the past two days. I'll probably need to contact my doctor again tomorrow... I just want this wretched cycle to end!