My hubby ended up in the ER Thursday afternoon. He has a bad back for about 5 years. (He is only 42). Several disks in the lumbar area are disintegrated, and the ones that are left are bulging. He blew one out 2 summers ago. He normally takes Vicodin ES, Skelaxin, and Vioxx daily to try to keep the pain bearable. Plus he wheres a TENS unit. Yesterday he was out on the tractor and the pain was too much. I finally convinced him to go to ER for evaluation and treatment. He gets 75 mg of Demerol and 25 mg of Phenergan and was asleep within 5 minutes of receiving the injection. Definitely took the edge of his pain...
. He came home and slept for about 3 hours and finally got relief. He was funny on the way home. The ER doc got him convinced that going back to his pain specialist would be a good thing for him. He was able to relax enough and get some much needed rest. He is even walking upright today which is a big improvement from the past few days. And acting like himself again. Even admitted that he was glad I "made" him go to the doctor.
Now he is feeling better.....and walking upright. Great to see if more like his oldself again. I really pains me to see him hurt.
Apr 5, '03
Several years ago, my husband hurt his back. Of course, it was during harvest and no way was he going to the Dr. at that time of the year. So after harvest, he saw the family doc, who put him on muscle relaxers and pain meds which did nothing for the pain. They did an x-rays and an MRI which showed two herniated discs. Dr sent him to an orthropedic who suggested PT. He tried three months of PT. It did help the pain in his leg, but moved it up in the cheek of his butt! He even had an epidural, he just about passed out from that one! Finally, my husband decided to go for the surgery and it worked wonderfully for him. He has done very well, but I have reminded him to watch what he is doing when working!
Glad to hear that your husband if feeling better! It is one of the most helpless feeling to see someone you care about in pain and nothing you can do to help them.
Last edit by phn92 on Apr 5, '03