One of the worst parts of being sick sometimes is knowing whether or not I’m having an emergency. Because I have such a high pain tolerance now due to my Rheumatoid Disease, it’s hard to judge if my pain is on an emergency level or if I should just suck it up. Years ago, I had to be in a lot of pain to go to the ER because it meant I was going to get a huge hospital bill. Having insurance through the state gives me leniency in that department but I still don’t want to go if it’s a waste of time.
A couple of months ago I was having bad abdominal pain and decided it was an emergency. While the reason I went in did not pan out to more than just pain due to my disease, one of the many scans they gave me was how we found the cancer. And today my PCP joked about how every time we go to the ER we find a new diagnosis. That’s an unfortunate reality to be sure.
So is my strange back pain right now cause for a trip down the road? My PCP would want me to do a checklist to see what’s definitive.
Shortness of breath?
Sharp pain in abdomen or side?
Nausea or vomiting?
The list goes on.
So… am I having an emergency? Not sure… And even Hypochondriacs Are Us aka WebMD isn’t very helpful today. It hurts, I know that. But does it hurt more than my RA? Can I wince my way through it? Not sure…
I just hate to go in there and waste time if there are people there with legit emergencies. Like car accidents, broken bones, heart attacks.
I guess it’s a waiting game. My favorite type of game… ugh.