Trauma, I can tell you about my dental experience. I had an infected tooth 3 years ago. My dentist performed a root canal. I left still having the effects of the novocaine and took some ibuprofen on my way home. I lived 90 minutes from this dentist as I still had not moved to this area. My house was bought, just not closed upon yet. The dentist was a family dentist and was trusted. I'm actually scared of dental work.
The anesthesia wore off and my mouth throbbed. More ibuprofen taken. Was also on augmentin for the infection. I couldn't eat and I started vomiting most likely from the augmentin. At the time, for my pain, I took a low dose of morphine extended release. Meant for long term Chronic pain. Not the acute pain I was having.
By the next day, I was in bad shape. We called the dentist who was very concerned about me and wanted me to go to my local ER while he went about getting me into an oral surgeon to get the tooth pulled. It was a Friday afternoon and he wasn't sure they could get me in on short notice and he was afraid I was dehydrated.
I went to my local ER. The PA accused me if drug seeking because 4 weeks earlier I had suffered a miscarriage. Because somehow, losing a baby at 8 weeks and an infected tooth was drug seeking behavior?? I cried but what about the vomiting? I had puked 3 times since being there. He told me to leave. This was a small, ER.
My husband drove me to the city. The office of the oral surgeon stayed open for me until 7 after my dentist called, begging them to get my tooth out. He X-rayed me and the infection was into my sinus cavities. He was dumbfounded at how I was treated. He actually called a lodged a complaint to that ER director. I didn't have to pay for that visit.
I then went to the ER in the city where my electrolytes were replaced and I left feeling so much better with that tooth out, and proper fluid balance.
That whole thing left a huge impact on me, even 3 years later.
Bottom line. Even drug addicts can have pain. We now undertreat people. Especially the elderly. I work in Trauma. I feel like these days, we are trying to make ICUs detox facilities. You can't do that when someone has a trauma, and compromised immune systems. If someone has 6 broken ribs, a broken c-spine, head injury, it's not the time to detox them.
We need to follow up as practitioners and get them the help once their acute problem resolves. And just because someone has chronic pain, that does make them a drug addict!!! I hate the hospital for myself. I hate taking any pills at all.
I wish with every ounce of my being that I was normal.
As you can see, I'm very passionate about this. I'm off my soapbox now!! Lol.