• Has anyone else had serious issues with the ER?

    Asked by Dani on Tuesday, August 14, 2012

    Has anyone else had serious issues with the ER?

    When I get in serious pain I feel all the ER does is turn me away. The other day when I went in the doctor said obviously your going to be in pain if you have cancer, I can't help you. It made me feel really hopeless and sad at the time..

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    • CarolLHRN's Avatar
      CarolLHRN

      Dani, It sounds almost like you need to get a second opinion and get in the care of a great oncologist. Just because you have cancer doesn't mean you have to be in pain. I would consider looking for a hospital with strong cancer center that can support you in pain management, chemo/radiation regimens and anything else you may need.

      about 5 years ago
    • Dani's Avatar
      Dani

      Well on top of the cervical cancer I may have I have fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, arthritis down my spine, and poly cystic ovarian syndrom. I have a lot of chronic pain which is why it's so hard to find what exactly is going on. I am getting many opinions right now and hopefully after the biopsy I will know more.

      about 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      I think you may have answered your own question. With all of those issues that can cause pain, I am sure any ER doctor who does not have immediate access to your medical history would be very concerned about prescribing pain medications. You pain is something that needs to be managed, coordinated and medicated by a single doctor is has total access to all of your medical records and medications. You can't expect to walk in to an ER and see a doctor you have never seen before and expect him to give you strong pain medication without knowing the impact it might have. It could kill you. If specialists in all the areas you mentioned and doctors that you have seen regularly can't figure it out, I would expect an ER doctor, who basically specialized in trauma, not chronic disease, would be able to do anything for you. You need to work this out with the doctors you already have, not add additional ones that have no expertise or background with you situation to the mix.

      about 5 years ago
    • Dani's Avatar
      Dani

      What you don't seem to understand is I have no insurance so I have NO doctors. I am trying to pay for it yet I can't so anything I have is just sitting there getting worse. The ER doctors could admit me and send me to the specialist there while I wait for my insurance but they won't because they won't pull my records. A lot more is going on.

      about 5 years ago

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