Its no secret to those who are familiar with autoimmune disorders that they come in clusters- type 1 diabetes, thyroid problems, lupus, MS, celiac disease, asthma and alleries, various skin disorders and a number of disorders that are rare and relatively unheard of. I myself have type 1 diabetes, Hashimoto’s thyroid disease (low thyroid hormone levels), asthma/allergies, some of the related skin issues. The problem with autoimmune issues is when you get a flare-up of symptoms, everything seems to go to hell. Most of my flare-ups are caused by other illnesses (viruses like colds & flu or other infections), or stress. Lately stress has been pretty constant with work issues, divorce issues and money problems, so the shitty feelings have been pretty bad. When I get a flare up, my allergies and asthma kick in hard core leading to a recent sinus infection that sent me to immediate care last week. General fatigue, body aches, swollen glands and headaches/foggy headed feeling seem to be the major ones that I experience.
I was feeling all of these symptoms and so I went to immediate care last Wednesday thinking that I had a virus or make a respiratory infection because I felt chest congestion and asthma symptoms that were intensified. It turned out however, that my sinuses were 100% blocked and infected, causing the head symptoms and the fatigue, etc. The Dr there gave me a note saying I had to be off work the next two days; which I was reluctant to do because they are not very forgiving about sick days where I work, but really didn’t feel well and so I had no choice.
The next night my back pain flared up. I’ve had low back problems before which have been treated with anti-inflammatories (which I can no longer take because of another med) and physical therapy. It would still occur on and off but was tolerable. That night however it turned into a sharp, shooting pain down my lower back/spine and down my legs and feet, where it became tingly and numb. I wasn’t able to sleep. I tried taking Norco which I had been prescribed before and a muscle relaxer with little relief. So I decided, fuck it, I’m concerned about the shooting down the legs and I need something for pain. Plus, I wanted to make sure it was nothing serious, so I went to the ER.
The people at this particularly special ER were of NO FUCKING HELP. After reading several reviews online it seems that this standard of shitty care is status quo over there (sad because they used to be decent) and was treated like a drug seeker, despite the fact that I have never been to the ER for pain issues and was not there to seek anything for “fun”, I just wanted to be out of pain. After ignoring me for several hours and treating me like an idiot, they gave me the smallest amount of pain medication possible and sent me on my way, still in pain (it was at 4 instead of a 7 at least).