Originally posted by fab4fan
Well, I've posted on this before, so I'll try not to repeat myself too much.
People who live with chronic pain do not always appear to be in as much pain as they may rate. After a while, it's as if your body gets "used to" that pain, and develops coping to some extent.
I get migraines, and when I have a bad one, I do have to go to the ED. This just adds to the stress and pain, and then if the staff treat me like criminal, it's even worse (and it's not like I'm there every other week).
I almost feel like for those people who have no sympathy for migraineurs, they ought to have one really bad migraine, one of the 12-24h jobs where you can barely open your eyes, puke your head off, have gait disturbance...the whole 9 yards. Then go to the ED where you are treated with suspicion by surly employees who act as if you're a criminal. It is demeaning.
I try to give people the benefit of the doubt; yes, there are some "seekers" out there, but I try to remember that pain is subjective, and that many, many factors go into rating it.
There is so much more to it than that....for instance, do you:
1.Ask the nurse as soon as she comes with the med...what is that?
2. followed by ...how much am l getting?
3.then proceed to tell the nurse...l always need more than that dose, or.....that never works.
4.have no ligitamate hx of your problem documented with a PMD
5. present to the ER having tried NOTHING for pain relief prior to coming
6.NEVER follow up with your PMD
7.present to ther ER asking which MD is on duty
8.Allergic to tylenol, ibuprofin, nubaine, compazine and toradol
9.do not have a PMD
10.vary your ER visits between different local ER's
believe me, seekers have a MO, we see them over and over. If there is ANY documented hx or a non frequent visitor, they ALWAYS get the benefit of the doubt.....l doubt very much if you have a true 10 pain you will be reading, playing video games or requesting food and drink......