I got the junkie treatment at Kaiser last night

mercgirl1963 Community Member June 16, 2007
  • In all honesty, spending my friday evening in the waiting room at Kaiser is not my Idea of fun. It was my 3rd visit in the cycle of migraines. The first time I went was to the ER a last friday and it was ok. I was treated fairly quickly and not treated poorly. My only gripe was the lack of take home medications which sent me back to the urgent care clinic Tuesday. That was a really good visit. I was treated quickly and very kindly and the NP that saw me really understood migraines. She sent me home with medication, a lot of medication, to treat myselfd at home while I wait fo rmy appointment with the chronic headache group. I managed to treat my pain at home until last night. I came home from work with pain and it escalated to a point i could not deal with, so my husband drove me to the urgent care clinic. I waited in agony in the BRIGHT waiting room and then the PA that saw me chastized me fopr not following up0 with my PCP. I have called andtaken thenext available appointment, thanks lady. Then she hit me with the "you are here for another injection, We are going to have to work something out because theses shots are regulated blah blah, are you a junkie??" That was nice but what was even nicer was waiting for 30 minutes for the shot then havingthe nurse ask me if she was going to hit "scar tissue" when she shot me in my butt. Cause you know a drug seaker like I must be would have a real scare-y butt. She then told me I needed to stay for 30 minutes then she would check on me. Well I got bored after 40 minutes and left. NICE. I think I will be complaining about these grand professionals. So now I am kind of stuck with out the option of the urgent care or the ER if the paiin is just too much before I get in to see the neuro. *** hats.
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  • Nancy Harris Bonk
    Health Guide
    Jun. 17, 2007

    Hello, and welcome to MyMigraineConnection.com!

     

    Thank you for creating a SharePost. SharePosts are a form of blogging, and there are many things you can do with them. You can share an experience, suggest something that's helped you, use SharePosts as a Migraine and headache journal, and many other things.

     

    Sounds like it is time for a headache...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hello, and welcome to MyMigraineConnection.com!

     

    Thank you for creating a SharePost. SharePosts are a form of blogging, and there are many things you can do with them. You can share an experience, suggest something that's helped you, use SharePosts as a Migraine and headache journal, and many other things.

     

    Sounds like it is time for a headache specialist. Are you on any kind of preventive program? With over 100 different medications to treat Migraine disease we should be able to find something to help reduce the number of attacks you are having.

     

    http://www.helpforheadaches.com/articles/prev-meds.htm

     

    Your avatar is very interesting, may I ask where you got it? I love seeing how different people express their Migraine feelings.


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    • mercgirl1963
      Jun. 20, 2007
      thanks for the welcome and the info. I found my avatar when I google image searched migraines, it just seemed so appropriate.
    • Teri Robert
      Health Guide
      Jun. 22, 2007
      I've seen that image before and love it. But, since I can't remember where I originally saw it, I've never been able to track down the artist. Couldn't find any more info following the link you had. Who is the artist? Did you have any problem getting their permission to use the image?

      Thanks!
      Teri
  • willieo
    Jun. 19, 2007
    I think so many people are so insensitive to migraines, ..they seem to think we want Major drugs for a "little" headache...I'm sorry, you had to be treated that way. We do not have headaches, someone is chewing on our heads,and grinding their teeth...on our brains
  • Anonymous
    Dave
    Jun. 16, 2007

    My name is Dave and my wife Sol gets really bad stroke like migraines. We too go to Kaiser.


    MOST of the time we are treated with care but as you will see on the orum boards there are times that is not the case.


    Being asked if you are a junkie is not cool. I would maybe report that.


    But I know from experience on average it takes 20-30 minutes to get the shot once...

    RHMLucky777

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    My name is Dave and my wife Sol gets really bad stroke like migraines. We too go to Kaiser.


    MOST of the time we are treated with care but as you will see on the orum boards there are times that is not the case.


    Being asked if you are a junkie is not cool. I would maybe report that.


    But I know from experience on average it takes 20-30 minutes to get the shot once the doctor has ordered it. I also know the nurses ask my wife about scar tissue not to be ruse but because she has suffered many migraines since her brain surgery and has scar tissue.


    I also know that it is protocol that if given a narcotic shot at Kaiser you MUST wait 30 mins after the shot is given so they can take your vitals. Up to a year ago this was not true, if you have a contract you could walk in get treated and walk out in a rather short period of time. They changed that rule and it bites.


    So, while your treatment may have been subpar please also tke into consideration that there are certain rules and protocols.


    My wife and I hope you are feeling better and that your Primary care doc will put you on a contract so that most of the time you won't get hassled.


    Peace,

    Dave and Sol

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