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Author Topic: A 16 hour visit to the ER....Not FUN  (Read 1855 times)

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Offline Jeffreyj

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A 16 hour visit to the ER....Not FUN
« on: February 04, 2008, 08:58:31 AM »
My right leg, above the knee, has been getting numb, been burning and just feeling "dead" in general for the past 4 months or so. So last month a demanded to get an MRI for my right leg, no approval so nothing was ever scheduled.

So on Friday night It got worse, I could hardly  stand up, and the heat sensation was really bad. So I drone myself about a half an hour to the ER here at a major hospital here in Phoenix. Traffic was a bitch because of the Superbowl AND a pro golf tourney. Got there at 10pm, saw a DR at 1am.

I go over the drill, tell her about my leg. She promptly sticks her finger in my anus(Being a top, it felt not so bad really...She said that was OK...no problems with that exam. She wants to take a look at my bladder. Not nearly as much fun.

A nurse comes in my little room saying "Hello my friend" I'm like uh oh...she had a two foot tube, I found out after, and the bitch took all of it and pushed it in, I'd say about 5 or 6 pushes, and then it was in. Nedless to say I was in allot of pain. Fuck, I can't even describe it it hurts so f-ing much. When all was settled, we waited for the bladder to empty completely....Yeah after 2 minutes we were done...well, almost.
The tube had to be removed. I thought"FUCK ME" Yeah, you guessed it, bitch said"Take a deep breath for me" 9what am I gonna do, say no? lol. Inhale....OUUUUUUCCCCCCH whew its out. I'd say that was 5 minutes of pure fucking hell. It's the one time in my life I had a two inch penis....Oh well, I figure the worst has to be over, right?

Wrong. Sooo wrong.

So that's all done, and they say an MRI will take two hours wait at least. I'm like great, I can relax and read a book, get my mind off of that "special" 5 minutes I had just experienced. Yahoo.

It's about 3:30 and time for my MRI...They sedate me, as I am claustrophobic. I pass out, next thing I know I'm being pulled out of the tunnel thingy.

I go back to my room drug-ed out of my mind. A man comes in and tells me I need a spinal tap. I'm like OK, can't be as bad as the penile drama. Bad judgement on my part.

He makes me grab my knees and curl up in a ball. He stars jabbing a long needle in my back. OUCH again. A nurse walks in during this procedure. He starts talking to her with a f-ing needle in my spine. I'm in so much pain i scream at her "Get the fuck out of here! I'm like what the FUCK" ...The needle is not draining the spinal fluid as it should. The nurse left so he could concentrate. I figure this should help, right?

Wrong,

No fluid is coming out. He goes in my spine for a THIRD time. Ouch, this f-ing really hurts. Third time a charm, right?

WRONG

Still no spinal fluid"This is your last chance" I am really in allot of pain, my penis feels like jello and is dripping fire balls, I wanted to die at this point.

For the $4th time, inserts needle up into my spine.

Fucking Finally! Spinal fluid abounds. So he leaves...I wait another hour they say I'm going to be admitted at 5am...I asked why? The nurse had no idea....I was so spent I called my brother, and passed out for an hour. They wake me up and say I can now go home, they are not admitting me.
I left at 10am...What a night. What a fucked experience.
After all of this stuff, no one knows whats wrong with my leg,It feels like my entire thigh is dead, the more I stand on it, the worse it gets.
They say to come back to the ER in 2 weeks....LMAO....I think not.

So, if anyone knows the moral of this story, please advise...
Positive since 1985

Offline BT65

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Re: A 16 hour visit to the ER....Not FUN
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2008, 09:23:01 AM »
Jeffery, while I do not know the moral of the story, it sounds almost like you were a lab rat for some demented expirement.  I hope you can find some answers.  Maybe you should try to see a specialist, like a neurologist.(?)  Good luck sweetie.
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Re: A 16 hour visit to the ER....Not FUN
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2008, 09:25:59 AM »
Jeffrey,

That's a lot of procedures (and indignities as well) to go through, and not come up with any information about what is wrong with your leg.  I can't even figure out what probing your anus and bladder have to do with your leg.  If they couldn't articulate this, I would have been out of there.  The spinal tap I can see, perhaps.  I can't believe the guy stopped to talk to someone else while give you a spinal tap. 

Perhaps the moral of the story is that if you think things can't get worse, you're wrong.   :(   Perhaps you can go to a different ER (and tell them of all the tests you've already had)?  What infuriates me is that there are still people out there who say the US has the "best healthcare system in the world."  Groan.  To me, "best" also includes being able to access the right care, when you need it.

Sorry you've had to go through all this...

Hugs,

Henry
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Re: A 16 hour visit to the ER....Not FUN
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2008, 09:40:16 AM »
Jeff,

I am sorry you had to go through this horrific ordeal. I hope you can find out what is going on with your leg.

 :-*
Dan

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Re: A 16 hour visit to the ER....Not FUN
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2008, 12:37:39 PM »
omg... I was shuddering too much half way through that post that I couldn't finish reading it.

I'm so sorry you had to endure all of that Jeffrey.  It sounds horrific.  I think I would have turned around and left.
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Re: A 16 hour visit to the ER....Not FUN
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2008, 01:24:42 PM »
Jeffery,
YIKES what you experienced is horrible. I have experienced all of the procedures that you have described, so I can relate. I would certainly seek out a reputable doctor that can help you with your problem. My legs are constantly going numb also, I take neuroton which does not seem to be helping much as of late. I even have the numbness in my arms I thought I was having a heart attack at first.
I agree, that this a lot to go through for nothing.
I feel your pain, (have felt it).
Peter

Offline minismom

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Re: A 16 hour visit to the ER....Not FUN
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2008, 01:29:27 PM »
I"m with Henry.  I know I'm not a medical doctor, but I'm not sure that you penis and your kidneys have much link to your leg - unless you are well endowed and it keeps smacking you in the thigh when you walk and making your thigh numb.  Other than that, I'm lost!  Sounds like they "heard" you were HIV+ and decided to run ya through the guiney pig ropes.  The spinal tap does make some sense if they were checking for the protein / mylen in the fluid. 

Moral to the story: wear tighter underware(?) :P

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Re: A 16 hour visit to the ER....Not FUN
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2008, 01:42:54 PM »
Adding to the chorus that I don't get what half of the procedures had to do with your leg?  At least as far as elimating the most logical first.

When I had herniated my disc and had gotten sciatica in my leg, the process we went through to discover what was wrong was an examination of my leg first through basic physical tests (me doing some leg extension and curl type movements, refelx testing, etc) followed by an MRI and this is when I was in serious pain and couldn't even walk!

That they would do such drastic tests on you at this point seems crazy.

I think you need to complain and I would be damn sure you didn't get stuck with any bills for what might have been unnecessary tests.


Offline Oceanbeach

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Re: A 16 hour visit to the ER....Not FUN
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2008, 04:11:40 PM »
Dear Jeff,

It was painful just reading about your ordeal.  Try as I may, I can't come up even one bad joke or a simple one-liner to offer a moral to the story.  Have the best day
Michael

Offline Snowangel

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Re: A 16 hour visit to the ER....Not FUN
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2008, 06:00:54 PM »
Hi there,
I am sorry to hear you had such a horrible night and went through so much pain.  I hope this doesn't happen to you but when I had my spinal , it was a day or two later I had the worst headache of my life.  I had to lay on my back on the floor to dull the pain.  Did they check to see if you had restless leg syndrome?  I saw a commercial that kind of described what you did.  Good luck, Snow
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Re: A 16 hour visit to the ER....Not FUN
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2008, 06:26:34 PM »
Hello Jeffrey,

I never had a spinal, so I can't say I know what that feels like. Just want you to know that I am thinking about you, and wishing the best. Hope things get better soon.


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Offline Jeffreyj

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Re: A 16 hour visit to the ER....Not FUN
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2008, 08:56:33 PM »
Thanks everyone for the concern...There is a little more to the numbness, but my little story was getting way to long LoL.

But Yeah Snow, I am having the wort headache right now.

But I have numbness in my rectum area...Weird I know and kinda embarrassing...But I think that's why they checked the bladder? I'm not sure why the Spinal taps were done. They asked me if they could do it after the MRI_   But at that point, they had giving me some medicine/drug to relax me for the damned MRI. I literally did not know what was going on at that point.

It was strange, I had a spinal tap in 1984- Not once since then until this past weekend....I was thinking "WHY" am I having to go through this again. And they had trouble removing spinal fluid then...my leg started going out of control.

I will see my DR as soon as I feel well enough to drive. I am determined to go vote for my new main man, Barrack tomorrow in the AZ primary!
Thanks again everyone for the kind words. Sorry the post was so long, but Damn, allot more actually happend LoL.
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