I just came back from the ER (so what else is new?)
I went for two reasons: 1.Since Sunday morning when I woke up, my right heel has been extremely painful, and from limping on it, I set off terrible pain in my left pain. I knew the pain was most liely related to my back problems (I'm fused from L4/5 to pelvis and have a large bilateral hernation at L3/4), but the pain medicine I had wasn't even coming close to working and I needed relief. Reason 2: I have what I assume is a large pulled muscle in my neck that goes from just below that knob you have at the base of your skull on the left down into my shoulder. Along its way, the sorest part is right along my left parotid gland which is swollen and sore.
They took care of reason 1, finding that I have a large bone spur on my heel. The doctor said they can just decide to start hurting one day with no warning and that it was obvious that the limping I was doing from the spur had set off the pain on the left. They gave me two shots of dilaudid, one with valium, which helped with the leg pain, but sent me home with no pain medicine to help get me through the night til I can, hopefully, see my family doctor tomorrow. I already tried to get an appointment with my pain doctor and the earliest is next Monday.
After telling us that, the doctor, or actually, the Nurse Practioner, was ready to send me home. So I sent my husband out to ask "what about the neck and parotid pain?" He had no answer for that and said they had no way of testing for that at the hospital. OK? Really? That answer kind of surprised me, but we were sent on our way after almost 6 hours, about 3 of them spent in the waiting room.
The dilaudid really didn't do much for the neck pain. I've taken a couple of percocet since coming home and am getting minimal relief. A heating pad wrapped around my neck seems to help the most.
Has anyone had this? Could there be a connection between the sore muscle and the swollen parotid gland? Or is this really a pulled muscle? The nurse practioner seemed to think it was some type of inflammatory process that would have to be figured out by my family doctor tomorrow.
In the meantime, I'm downing the percocet evey 3-4 hours, crying a bit and hoping the percocet holds out til I see the doctor tomorrow.