I have officially experienced breakthrough pain. It is pure evil. My back, ribs and shoulders have gone bat shit crazy. Just increased to 100mg of Lyrica tid. If that and the hot shower don't help, I'm off to my least favorite place in the world. I was a freaking paramedic for 8 years and can't stand hospitals. Go figure.
Acute versus chronic...is this a new pain...did it just start?/or is it something you have had before and are just tired of putting up with it..can you see your primary doc or go to a clinic.. Is it Acute or is it chronic...Acute any type of chest pain, neurological, headache with aggravated symptoms.. Nausea/Vomiting..bleeding.changes in vision, hearing , mobility, dizziness, ,high blood pressure uncontrolled unrelenting +10/pain that is not something you normally deal with...broken bones etc....that is Acute , sudden onset, Chronic is something that you have dealt with longer than six weeks..and normally handled by a primary doctor.these are the questions and the type of assessing that those in the ER are looking at. The ER is already overburdened, understaffed, and under funded for most clinc types of problems. The ER is for EMERGENCIES. It has been always over used ..it is frustrating to you..yes , it is. It is a valuable asset to be used for complex Acute problems. However, with the problems in the US...going to the ER for typically chronic problems that need to be addressed with a primary care doctor has been an ever increasing burden on the ER . So contemplating an ER visit is stressful..you know your body and if you have hit a wall so to speak with the ability to cope with it anymore...then go. Go get some relief and maybe some unanswered questions can be addressed b a different set of eyes. Much Love and healing Blessings, Terri
Well I avoided the trip. Saw my doc today and explained the Lyrica debacle of last night. 100 mg is too much. It turns me into a pain free zombie. We've settled on trying 75mg, and the damn pharmacy doesn't have it until tomorrow afternoon. The pharmacy I usually use isn't contracted with my insurance as of yesterday, so I had to switch to the one I hate, that also doesn't have my meds. This is how you spell aggravation.