You know its a seeker when . . . - page 9

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"Well the last time the doctor gave me these pink oval pills with watson stamped on them, what was the name. . .? (waiting on you to say . . Oh Lorcet, I'll get the script now:jester:!) "Or, . . .That dilau. . that Hydromor,... Read More


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    Just wanted to say thanks for all the feedback. I really enjoyed reading each, and liked that Nurses from other arenas gave feedback, as well as the ones who have been on the opposite side of the needle too.

    I was surprised to find out there is a doctor on Youtube that teaches patients how not to obviously look like seekers, Lol, sometimes I forget they catch the worst of the epidemic. But, Sometimes I wonder which is better at "Sniffen'em out!"

    With that let me re-affirm that even seekers have times when they really do need adequate pain relief, and I know getting mistaken for one must really suck, and it is a virtue that all pain be assessed and treated appropriately.

    This has to be one of the most controversial, complex, and dreaded situations in the Medical and Nursing Field. I again will keep following, and grateful for ALL the Posts!
    NO50FRANNY, mrsmamabear2002, and wooh like this.
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    I have been labeled a seeker, although I am a nurse. I have gotten sick either at work or at my clinical place, so I have records from multiple facilities. I had my gallbladder removed when one hospital finally admitted me and found biliary dyskinesia, however, ive had even more problems since the surgery. I get treated like a seeker at each place though and even when Im crying in terrible pain, I get nothing more than percocet.

    So, again, I am going to have to say Id rather treat 9 seekers, than to not treat the 1 in legitimate pain. Its a shame though because my fellow nurses know I am in pain but the doctors wont allow any other medications. They rarely order tests even,

    Just my 2cent.
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    Having been diagnosed with IIH and having a high pain threshold when I landed in ED they always rang my neuro to make sure I wasn't a seeker. I've been told I don't look like I'm in pain, treated disrespectfully by a nurse who accused me of drug seeking ...she got fired for that! And yet they do an LP and find out I was right.
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    I once (only once) asked for Nubain and Phenergan, specifically, at my doc's office. I was nearly carried in the back door by my poor Daddy, heaving my toenails up with an intractable migraine. No response from my Maxalt. Vicodin (left over from my C section) had done diddly.
    The med student there that day was all set to give me Cogentin. I politely requested the combo from my fetal position. Overheard the student and my doc discussing in the hall, and Doc assuring him I was legit. I had not been in in over 16 months for a headache, since before I found out I was pregnant.

    I got my meds, slept all day, and woke up that evening feeling much better.
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    Quote from Dixielee
    You know it's a seeker when......." I brought a copy of my MRI for you to see, it's in my backpack"
    Really? You assume that everyone that does that is a drug seeker? How compassionate of you.

    When I had my cervical spine problem I was told to carry the copy of my MRI wherever I went by the MRI tech that did it. My AP diameter was down to 5 mm at C5-6 and 6.6 at C4-5 so any type of accident could have caused paralysis. Never mind the excruciating pain I was in-none of the medications I was prescribed-narcotics and non narcotics helped. Thankfully that is a bad memory but I really get mad when I read comments like yours. Don't assume that everyone that comes in with a copy of their MRI is a drug seeker. Unless you've have the condition I had you have no idea the amount of pain someone who is suffering with back pain is in.
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    Quote from Rhi007
    Having been diagnosed with IIH and having a high pain threshold when I landed in ED they always rang my neuro to make sure I wasn't a seeker. I've been told I don't look like I'm in pain, treated disrespectfully by a nurse who accused me of drug seeking ...she got fired for that! And yet they do an LP and find out I was right.
    After the way I was treated in the ER during the acute stage if my spine problem I've lost a lot of respect for the medical profession.
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    Quote from Poochiewoochie

    After the way I was treated in the ER during the acute stage if my spine problem I've lost a lot of respect for the medical profession.
    And yet you're in it! FYI for the most part I was treated exceptionally well
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    Quote from Poochiewoochie
    Really? You assume that everyone that does that is a drug seeker? How compassionate of you.

    When I had my cervical spine problem I was told to carry the copy of my MRI wherever I went by the MRI tech that did it. My AP diameter was down to 5 mm at C5-6 and 6.6 at C4-5 so any type of accident could have caused paralysis. Never mind the excruciating pain I was in-none of the medications I was prescribed-narcotics and non narcotics helped. Thankfully that is a bad memory but I really get mad when I read comments like yours. Don't assume that everyone that comes in with a copy of their MRI is a drug seeker. Unless you've have the condition I had you have no idea the amount of pain someone who is suffering with back pain is in.
    Yeah, I'd keep copies because I wouldn't want to keep paying for MRI's everywhere I went.
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    Quote from Rhi007

    And yet you're in it! FYI for the most part I was treated exceptionally well
    That poster is not a medical professional, just someone who posts about his/her problems as they relate to the thread.
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    When they claim they have allergies to Tylenol, ASA, Motrin, Lortab, Darvocet, Morphine, Toradol and Tramadol and the ONLY thing that works for them is Dilaudid. And they claim, "last time I was here I got 8mg IV all at once!" Uh huh.


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