So I live in a major metropolitan area with my choice of 9 hospitals to visit. I always choose the one furthest away as it has a big new beautiful ER and new inpatient tower consisting of all private rooms.
I find the staff to be fantastic and I have spent 7 weeks in total since November at this facility. I get great patient care. This hospital does not know I have fibro.
Last night I had major pain and went to a hospital closer to home. I mentioned fibro as an existing condition at the triage. From the moment I said this I was treated differently. They went from being very concerned and "We will get you a bed right away" to "There is a 3 hour wait, have a seat in the waiting room".
Three hours later I seen a doctor and had bloodwork. The Doctor says, "oh this is probably just your usual chronic pain and we don not treat chronic pain in the ER". Then when my results came back, the Doctor never examined me at all. He saws, it seems you have a severely inflamed bowel, but we can't really do anything here (hello, it's a hospital, have not eaten or slept for two days due to pain).
You should just take your meds at home and follow up with your specialist on Monday.
Anyone else get treated differently because of Fibro? Like your pain is not worth checking out or being taken seriously because you are ways in pain or drug seeking?
It is infuriating!