Had to take Hubby to ER Thursday afternoon..

  1. 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.

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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   hapeewendy
    awwwwww hope he feels okay...
    yer a good wife

    and bonus points for the fact that he actually admitted that you were right............ hope that wasnt just demerol induced haze talking

    force him to that pain specialist , otherwise , threaten him with even more pain, okay that might not be so nice, threaten him with no sex for awhile, thats surely worse
  4. by   anitame
    Ugh, I'm sorry he's hurting. The only thing worse than having a sick hubby is having a painful one!!! Hope he gets to that pain specialist and starts feeling better.
  5. by   deespoohbear
    Originally posted by hapeewendy
    awwwwww hope he feels okay...
    yer a good wife

    and bonus points for the fact that he actually admitted that you were right............ hope that wasnt just demerol induced haze talking

    force him to that pain specialist , otherwise , threaten him with even more pain, okay that might not be so nice, threaten him with no sex for awhile, thats surely worse
    Thanks. He is feeling better. I think the shot was enough to allow him to relax and get some sleep. This back problem has been an on-going problem for about 5 years. Usually with his meds and his TENS unit he can keep the pain tolerable. So back to the pain specialist we go. Trying to hold off surgery as long as possible....
  6. by   renerian
    Pooh good thing you were there for him and I am glad he feels better.....

    renerian
  7. by   phn92
    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
  8. by   Robin61970
    I am glad to hear he is feeling better now....the thought of back surgery is just scary to alot of people......keep us posted on what happens......
  9. by   Flynurse
    OUCH!!! Had alot of those cases in Ortho yesterday...must be d/t the nicer weather lately...Spring is coming.

    Hope he feels better!
  10. by   jnette
    Originally posted by hapeewendy

    and bonus points for the fact that he actually admitted that you were right............ hope that wasnt just demerol induced haze talking



    Hope he stays pain free for a good long while. Back pain is the WORST. Sorry about his ordeal.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    POOR GUY how is he today????????????????
  12. by   deespoohbear
    He says his muscles are "sore" today. Kind like that feeling you get after you work out too much and then after you stop you muscles ache? His pain has been much better since he went in and got a shot. I think the shot helped him relax and get his pain under control again so his oral meds could be effective. He has been much better yesterday and today.

    The reason is holding out for surgery is because he would have to have a spinal fusion. The neurosurgeon said he couldn't be 100% sure that a fusion would help him and in fact could make it worse. The pain specialist said the FDA is less than 2 years away from approving artificial disks for back surgery and that my hubby would be good candidate. Here are a few pics....

    The replacement disk itself:



    Thanks for all the well wishes.



    How is looks in the spine:




    Another option: prosthetic disk nucleus.



    I just hope something works for him. Being a farmer is his life. I can't imagine him doing anything else. I read an encouraging article from San Diego about a man in his early 40's who had this surgery done and is very pleased with the results. Here is a link if anyone is interested:

    http://www.scrippshealth.org/90_1202.asp
  13. by   renerian
    Wow pooh I hope that works when it comes out. Looks like it would.

    renerian
  14. by   BadBird
    Your poor hubby, hope he gets relief permanently. I herniated a disc in my L5-S1 last year, it was horrible!!!! I was admitted and given IV solumedrol and IV Dilaudid for pain, he helped for a few days but once the sterioids were tapered off the pain was back. I couldn't wait for my surgery and I just wish the Dr. did it earlier. I had a microdiscetomy done as a outpatient, I awoke painfree and Thank God I have stayed that way. I would never hesitate getting surgery to relieve the pain.

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