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Urgently Seeking Advice on if I should call an Ambulance

PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:42 pm
by plumbchick
Hello My Fellow Suffers.....

I am in a bit of a tissy this evening. I have Degenerative Discs in my lumbar spine and three bulges as of March this year. Short version of my woe is I was at work back in March, went to stand up after turning around from a computer chair and screamed in agony with my back. I have had back pain since I was 18 ( I am now 28) but this was ungodly! In the agony my legs went numb and by the time someone had called the ambulance I couldn't feel my feet and legs...Short version of the results was two MRI scans and a horrific stay in Kings College Hospital. The feeling returned after 72 hours and I came home to recover and stay off from work ever since.

The reason I post is the same pain is slowly creeping back in.....since Monday it is gradually getting worse to the point where I cant walk properly. I am numb in my hands and feet but can feel them when pinched. I am taking slow release Tramadol 100mg x2 twice a day, x2 Naproxen 500mg, 50mg Amitriptalyne and some other tablet for the damage the Naproxen is doing to my digestive system....I did see my GP on Monday who was dismissive of the numbness saying I must have slept on it funny :( The thing is Im not sleeping atm and have lost my appetite completely. The pain killers are not even touching the pain :(

I don't want to waste an Ambulance crew's time but I don't want to damage myself permanently either....I don't drive and our A&E department is miles away and couldn't cope with public transport. There is a minor injuries department but I think I would be made to sit in agony waiting for them to tell me to make my way to A&E.....

Obviously if I loose the feeling completely I will call straight away but I am in so much unbearable pain atm....but don't want to waste peoples time....Ughhh if anyone can offer some advice I would be so grateful......Plumbchick Xxx

Re: Urgently Seeking Advice on if I should call an Ambulance

PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:29 am
by Flaw
If you're really feeling so terrible and you're worried I would call for an ambulance- they might not come blue lights flashing but someone will come and see you. You won't be wasting anyone's time. You don't want to get to the point of collapse and not be able to reach a phone.

Is there anyone you could call that could come and take care of you? Perhaps if the feeling lessens you can wait and call a doctor out tomorrow, or if it suddenly gets worse they can call ambulance for you.

If you're in unbearable agony, and you sound it i would call. That's what they are there for.

Really hope you get some respite from the pain soon and keep us updated!

Re: Urgently Seeking Advice on if I should call an Ambulance

PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:34 am
by Graciebaby
I'm sorry to read that you are feeling so awful.

I am not qualified to advise about calling out an ambulance, but as you say, your concern is that you may be causing damage by not having this current problem dealt with and of course, the level of your pain (if you are finding it completely intolerable) may well be a perfectly adequate reason for needing to be taken into hospital. Only you can know how awful your pain is and how well the meds you are currently taking, are helping you. Having some decent pain relief could make you considerably more comfortable and being checked over by a doctor as well might put your concerns to rest.

Don't choose not to call for an ambulance based on the fact that you don't want to cause anyone any trouble, or you don't want to be a nuisance. Your needs are just as important as anyone else's, but only you can know how severe your pain is.

You could try phoning NHS Direct to see what they would advise, that might be a good first step?

Please post again later, as I will keep wondering if you are feeling a little better, or if you phoned for medical assistance.

I hope you start to feel a little better very soon.
Take good care,

G. x

Re: Urgently Seeking Advice on if I should call an Ambulance

PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:38 pm
by plumbchick
Hi Guys

I just thought I would just check in with you....:) I didn't call the ambulance in the end, saw my Physiotherapist today and will be seeing my GP on Friday and a spinal specialist in September. The pain is still intense but I can move around and am trying to keep active. The physio diagnosed a Scoliosis on the spine above the degenerating disc. I am going to review the pain medication with my GP on Friday and am giving up my physical part time job soon as well. Health comes first now and my uni work too Xxxx

I really appreciate your advice and the time you took to reply.. Hoping you are all well and having a comfortable day Xxx

Plumbchick Xxx :-)

Re: Urgently Seeking Advice on if I should call an Ambulance

PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 5:40 pm
by Graciebaby
I'm pleased to hear that you are managing things ok, you don't sound anywhere near as desperate as you did previously (and I certainly don't mean that as any kind of criticism, it just sounds as if you have got a handle on things now :) )
I hope you get some help and support from your GP with regards to meds.

Take good care of yourself,

G. x

Re: Urgently Seeking Advice on if I should call an Ambulance

PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:20 pm
by Tel1
Hi There

In recent times I have called 111 I am not sure if it the same nationally, but it use to be the old 0845 4647 number.
All I can say is, that I have found them *very* good.....They either get and ambulance to you, or they make an appointment
at the hospital to see the out of hours GP.... I have found that when I have done this *because I have had to * when I have
had seizures in my back/legs etc, it can be a far better and faster route to getting the problem fixed rather than going to
your usual GP.. Try that next time, and the call handler will take all your details and then pass it on to a doctor who will
then decide what is the best course of action.