Hello everyone, I have gone to A&E a few times when my pain levels in my back and stomach have gotten unbearable. The response has been very similar each time....go home and take more painkillers.
This week I have been so unwell. Unbearable pain in my mid back which wraps around to the front, migraine, vomiting, night sweats, shaking and extreme fatigue (with insomnia due to the pain). My joints are swollen and sore and I have sores on my legs, butt, chest, arms and neck. I have a noticeable swelling on my back at the bottom of my ribs (left side) where the pain is concentrated. I have been in bed since Friday. My pain medication is 30mg morphine capsules twice per day with additional oramorph as needed.
I don’t want to go to hospital to wait hours only to be told to go home and take more morphine. Surely, if I need so much painkiller there is something very wrong?
My GP can’t do much for me even although he is really super and supportive. I have an appointment with a different rheumatologist in my care team on the 8th August who specialises in vasculitis.
Hubby thinks that I should hold out for my rheumy appointment but I’m very worried about how I’ll I have become this week.
Does everyone have the same experience with A&E as me or can they be seen and investigated when they are very sick?
p.s. my local A&E is in a different city from my Rheumatology hospital.
Hope you are all faring better xxx