The nurse and doctor I saw in A&E had seen me before and recognised me (or possibly Richard, I dunno). After much waiting around I have been given some Tramadol, but only a few days' supply. The big problem I'm having is that because I'm allergic to aspirin, the entire class of NSAID anti-inflammatories is out for me. Aspirin and salicylate topical cream make me wheeze, ibuprofen makes my throat close up, and even the vapour from salol, a salicylate used in schools to model the formation of crystals in igneous rock, made me very sick. (I didn't even touch any of it, just breathed some of the vapour in; and was up the entire night, unable to sleep as I couldn't breathe if I lay down. If I'd realised it was a salicylate, I wouldn't have done the class). Normally they'd prescribe Voltarol, but they can't because of the allergy.
The A&E doctor said I need to see my GP forthwith and hassle them to try to push me up the waiting list, because otherwise every couple of weeks I'm going to be back in A&E in agony until it's sorted out. It transpires that within the NHS, the quicker you move up the waiting list is entirely dependent on how much noise you make about it (ailbhe, take note). I also need to ask the GP to:
1) Hassle the hospital about the latex allergy test I had done in Jan 2004 - or get it redone a.s.a.bloody.p, because I need to know for sure before people decide to poke latex inside me.
2) Do a blood cholesterol test (I'm worried about it, because gallstones are cholesterol + bile + calcium salts, and I have had an exceptionally low cholesterol diet for years now. Plus I eat lots of soya which is supposed to reduce blood cholesterol).
3) Find out for sure whether it's safe for me to take my usual calcium supplement, because not having it has been affecting my moods.
I got pissed off with my mum tonight because I rang her in pain wanting some sympathy, and she had a go at me about the fact "I've decided" I can't take Voltarol. I mean, what part of "I might go into anaphylaxic shock and die" does she not understand? If it is possible for them to do a blood test to find out whether it would be safe for me to take Voltarol then fine, I'll happily have that done (what's one more needle at this stage?!). But afaik, it's not possible to detect that sort of thing because aspirin allergy doesn't involve the same kind of immune system response as most other allergies. Yes, again I will ask the GP about it tomorrow.
But seriously - if I'm in so much pain I can't do anything except lie on the bed and cry, why would I refuse to take a drug that could stop me being in pain, if it was safe for me to take it? I'm not that stubborn.