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How to Recognize a Pain Emergency

Christina Lasich, MD Health Pro November 06, 2012
  • Pain is the number one reason why people visit the emergency room. But when you’re living with pain all the time, it is hard to know what constitutes an emergency because you’re always in pain. You don’t want to be an alarmist and you don’t want to go to the emergency room unl...

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  • Christina Lasich, MD
    Health Pro
    Nov. 11, 2012

    I am glad someone mentioned the feeling of being fatigued. Fatigue can be attributed to pain medications and pain conditions. But by digging a little deeper, this person's doctor discovered a heart condition. I've seen others with chronic pain complain about fatigue. On further investigation, there were also other signs like shortness of breath or unstable...

    RHMLucky777

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    I am glad someone mentioned the feeling of being fatigued. Fatigue can be attributed to pain medications and pain conditions. But by digging a little deeper, this person's doctor discovered a heart condition. I've seen others with chronic pain complain about fatigue. On further investigation, there were also other signs like shortness of breath or unstable blood pressure, all of which pointed to a heart condition. Don't let fatigue get swept under the chronic pain rug too easily. A good thorough evaluation is the right way to a clean bill of health.

     

    Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

  • PainBack07Aust
    Nov. 19, 2012

    Chronic Pain is disabilitating by it self without anything else going wrong.  I remember a few times within the last 5 years being made to think that I was a "Drug Seeker" and it is never a good feeling when you clearly are not.  Even though I go to the Pain Management Clinic attached to this hospital I was treated badly because all of the doctors...

    RHMLucky777

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    Chronic Pain is disabilitating by it self without anything else going wrong.  I remember a few times within the last 5 years being made to think that I was a "Drug Seeker" and it is never a good feeling when you clearly are not.  Even though I go to the Pain Management Clinic attached to this hospital I was treated badly because all of the doctors normal tests for Emergency either where within "Normal Tolarences" or did not show anything.  Having nerve related centeral nervice system damage the Chronic Pain for me can shift greatly around my body, and the itching is sometimes very extreme especially my legs and feet.  One occasion I called an Ambulance at 3am in the morning and once at the ED i was transfered to the forward waiting room for 4 hours, in Pain and it was much worse than normal lots worse, I had been seen by the Trearge Nurse but NO Dr. by the time I did see a DR. the pain had eased a little and by 8 am I was discharged to go home and rest up for the next few days.  I was given a vial of Orall Morphine after the dr had done some tests to see what was wrong, put it down to refered PAIN.  The thing is that if I knew that was all it was, I could have administed my own "Break Throu" medication.  To this day I still have this pain at the top of my abdoman and when it comes it is even very hard to breath in at all as the pain is that accue.  I also find that during the day I tend to feel that drainned that I loose a half and hour too an hour near on every day.  My shoulders get relly sore, my mouth is dry from my medication and struggle to keep and weight loss Off.  Memory and Reaction time are not my best friends either from time to time.  Little is known by doctors relating to nerve related Chronic Pain and this is part of my problems.  Anyway ENOUGH whinging on here.  :) BackPainOz :(

  • Bev
    Bev
    Nov. 10, 2012

    Thanks for acknowledging the issue of our pain conditions somethings being blamed for things that are totally seperate, and giving suggestions on how to tell the difference.  I have fibro and experience a lot of fatigue.  Recently I had an episode of Atriel Flutter that would not correct itself on its own. Some of the testing revealed a problem with...

    RHMLucky777

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    Thanks for acknowledging the issue of our pain conditions somethings being blamed for things that are totally seperate, and giving suggestions on how to tell the difference.  I have fibro and experience a lot of fatigue.  Recently I had an episode of Atriel Flutter that would not correct itself on its own. Some of the testing revealed a problem with 2 heart vavles that  probably have contributed to my fatigue. 

  • Mariepi
    Nov. 09, 2012

    Thank you so much for this. I wonder at times if I would be aware enough to know when to go to ER because I have pain everyday . I will keep this in mind.

    Marie

    • cindi
      Nov. 10, 2012

      I so agree, sometimes my pain gets so intense, that my pain medication does not work at all..i wonder all the time ..because of "drugseekers" , if I went to my dr. or the e.r. if I would be treated at all..it is such a scary thing, to be in chronic pain..and not to be treated for something else  that is giving you more intense pain...what do you do ??..i...

      RHMLucky777

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      I so agree, sometimes my pain gets so intense, that my pain medication does not work at all..i wonder all the time ..because of "drugseekers" , if I went to my dr. or the e.r. if I would be treated at all..it is such a scary thing, to be in chronic pain..and not to be treated for something else  that is giving you more intense pain...what do you do ??..i mean, your P.C. is already giving you pain medication...my dr. from my pain clinic told me, that because of the amount of pain medication, i am already takng, the drs. in a E.R. would never give me any thing stronger..gosh, that REALY makes me think..about the amount of p.m. i am taking..and if something should happen that they could not ever get me out of pain, for ex. if i was ever, in another MVA again..what would happen??