So I'm exhausted 😩 and on day 3 of my flare. Tried all home 🏡 treatments I can to no avail. Maxed out on OTC meds I can take. I'm in so much pain and can't get any rest. Do I go to the ER god help? My PCP won't prescribe any thing for pain because she is only a NP. Do u think 💭 they will give me something for my pain? When do you go to the ER for fibromyalgia flare?
I never go but I know many who do. One problem some find is that in going to ER for pain some doctors will automatically assume you are a drug seeker. Another problem I found is that they don't know you or your medical history. Of course I am lucky enough to have a pain clinic I can call and they usually get me in within 24 hours. Many aren't so lucky and in many cases the ER is their only hope. I think if it were me I would go when I had tried everything else but I would have a list of what I had tried and a print off of the pain charts from this app. That way you can show you are seriously in pain and not just seeking meds.
I typed out a short medical history for me that lists all my meds (even over the counter ones) it lists my insurance info, the names and addresses and phone numbers of my doctors. I have my diagnosis listed and my surgeries. This way if I ever go to an ER or am in an accident or seeing a new Dr. I have all that info so I don't have to trust my memory. :)
You don't, addicts have totally burned the er for the rest of us. Ask your dr to refer you to pain management. Most primary drs can no longer prescribe pain meds due to the now draconian dea interference. Only use the er for true emergencies like chest pain, or injury. They don't consider flares emergencies since our pain is chronic. Ask for a referal
I do the same exact thing Mimikay does, with multiple pages of medical history. I never have gone to the ER for flares, but I have a pain specialist. Unfortunately Chris is right on the drug seekers & dea both. Try and stay calm and relaxed as much as possible because the more stressed you are the more you will hurt. Try a dark room with soft faint music, deep breathing, etc. Hugs love and prayers you'll get some relief soon! 🙂💕🙏🌸
Agree with Flappy, Mimi Kay and Chris! I do the same. Can't trust my memory when in pain, trying to recall the umpteen treatments, regimens, medications, even my primary care Dr when in duress! I has taken years to build a team that I can trust, and know me! Fortunately, I do not have to ever go to the ER! Depending on where you live, your NP can prescribe medications, but will not want to manage your pain/medication. Your NP is not doing his/her job if not getting you to a pain clinic. Pain clinics do everything they can not to use narcotics as well, but you will be given many ways deal with your flares and through trial and patience you will have a program and toolbar that works for you! I'm sorry for your flare.. Healing, thoughts and relaxing vibes coming your way!
Ctsego, I never go to the ER for pain. The only time I ever did was when I was having chest pains and couldn't stop vomiting. Turned out I was hospitalized for 8 days, 3 times in 6 months before they figured out I had a serious infection in my gallbladder and enough stones to make a necklace!! Then I had surgery to remove it. The only other time I went was when I had a migraine bad enough that I couldn't see out of my left eye. That is so common for me now (2 or sometimes 3 times a week) that I don't bother, I just ride it out.
v214, can't use cannibis because I get piss tested every month when I go to pain management. I will get tossed from the program for using any meds I'm not prescribed by them. I have too much wrong and too much pain to lose what I'm getting from them even though it basically takes the edge off so I can function (it's better than nothing though). I manage... it is what it is.