first off it takes a lot of pain, concern and discomfort for me to give in and go to the ER, many bad experiences. I went today finally after over 2 weeks of sciatica, pain, numbness, tingling, whole foot asleep, then yesterday a snap and severe pain shooting in lower back, in pelvis/groin area along with tingling and even more severe weakness. I was in tears and cant even walk straight. The front staff had 3 people there and only 1 was entering info as I am crying and did not seem real concerned. Another staff came and at least got me a wheel chair. When I was taken back to the room through all the chaos the tech didn't even try to help me get comfortable, they had no pillows so he tried to stack blankets, then left- no blanket to cover with or anything. The nurses were great though in regards to trying to get me a little more comfortable but of course they are limited to what they can do and they have other patients too.
The Doctor was probably the worst of all of them. I appreciate that he got stuff ordered quick and wanted me to have MRI but when the results came in and there wasn't a herniated disc or infection I was treated like there was nothing wrong and it seemed like all that mattered was that I had pain meds at home. I felt like suddenly everything that was wrong and pain I was in wasn't real anymore...There was nothing wrong with me. Lets just get the IV out and send you home. Oh and btw what you have is all you need. I tried to ask him about what I should do about this and treat it but he constantly went back to the narcotics...I had to specifically ask him about icing, heat, anything else?????
And just as I feared, I felt like I was being treated like a druggie and that what was going on was just in my head since there was nothing on the test. The "opiod crisis" is what is "killing" those of us who are honest!
I will NOT be going there again! I told my husband that even if I had a broken bone they could see, I will splint it myself. and especially if it is something that you cant see- I will not be going again!