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  • #16
    Originally posted by crppled007 View Post
    Update:

    well, went to the emergency room in the ER doctor really didn't do anything but give me some pain meds and run a CAT scan on my bladder and found that I have another stone! I had one about the size of a nickel taken out back in September. The ER doctor looked at the results that I had taken the and with me from a sample and said that the tetracycline was working. I asked her about taking all three at the same time. Then she said that was good. So basically I just got some pain meds and got sent back home! That's last time I go to that emergency room, which is a brand-new hospital. I have been there before with no problem, my wife at her hysterectomy. There and it was a good hospital.
    ER physicians are not educated nor prepared to deal with people with long term health issues such as what you have. Yes they do complete medical school just like other physicians but they are only there to stabilize injuries/illnesses until specialists can take over. The ER is basically a place to go to get temporary relief until you see your regular physician or a specialist who treats whatever condition you have. That is why you got pain meds and a CT scan and nothing more.

    Many people use the ER as a physician's office and that is just not the purpose of an Emergency Room no matter how new it is.

    Going to the ER multiple times will get you labeled as a drug seeker even though you are SCI and have real pain. I am not saying you do this but I am just saying from experience early on in my injury and working with ER physicians later in my working career.

    I hope you get that stone taken care of. Sounds like you may be getting rid of one and getting another...Some people just are chronic in that way but do everything you can to avoid getting them.

    I hope you pain is better soon.
    T12-L2; Burst fracture L1: Incomplete walking with AFO's and cane since 1989

    My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. ~Author Unknown

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    • #17
      after having so many pain meds last night (morphine, dilated (sp?), Hydrocodone) my bladder has settled down a lot, it's not hurting. But I feel like I've been beat up! I'm having all my records sent to my urologist
      C4 incomplete since 1985

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      • #18
        Originally posted by crppled007 View Post
        after having so many pain meds last night (morphine, dilated (sp?), Hydrocodone) my bladder has settled down a lot, it's not hurting. But I feel like I've been beat up! I'm having all my records sent to my urologist
        I'm glad you're starting to feel a little bit better. I don't blame you for wanting to vent a bit!

        I just wanted to add that I have been dealing with terrible lower back pain myself (what I can feel of it anyway), but my urologist and I are thinking it is prostatitis instead of a UTI or kidney problems. You might ask your urologist about prostate issues as well when you see him on Monday.

        I hope you have a quick recovery!

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        • #19
          @SCI Nurse.

          Is it possibility with all three of those antibiotics combined. I could be having reaction to them?
          C4 incomplete since 1985

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          • #20
            What do you mean when you say "reaction"? If you are talking about feeling like you have been "run over by a train" then yes taking all those antibiotics at the same time will make you feel horrible. For me the antibiotics (and I have only taken one at a time for a UTI) are worse than the sickness from the UTI. When I had osteo 20 years ago, the multiple antibiotics caused a yeast infection on the outside of my body. The antibiotics are not selective and they kill off even the good bacteria your body needs. That is why others have encouraged you to eat yogurt to replace the good bacteria. It took two months to fully recover from the combination of antibiotics they gave me in the hospital.

            Good luck at the urologist.
            T12-L2; Burst fracture L1: Incomplete walking with AFO's and cane since 1989

            My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am. ~Author Unknown

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            • #21
              Depending on the hospital and the community, family practice physicians may or may not have admitting priveledges. And yes, it can be difficult. You may have to make a choice about staying with your physician or changing.

              GOod luck and let us know how it works out.

              CKF
              The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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