... hospitals? I live with a condition that is a result of a RARE neurological complication from mononucleosis. It causes anywhere from a mild annoying pain in my back to severe EXCRUCIATING pain. Now, after over a year of a diagnosis, I have medication to help with it. Before that, I was in and out of the hospitals for about eight months of 2006 (February to September, roughly) and a lot of that time was HELL. On this past Tuesday (01/08/08) I went to the ER with stabbing pains in the pit of my stomach. They were pretty severe and I was even thinking of going to work despite being in hell, but called in. I fought with the idea of going to the ER for awhile and finally decided to go. Six hours later I got a room, where others had beds in the hall. I saw a doctor an hour later after that and he pretty much said it was esophagitis (spasms of the esophagus). So, I got a bit of pain medication in the ER, a chance to rest for a short bit, and was sent home with a prescription for Prilosec to try. It may be another pill, but at least it wasn't another scar! And to think, all of this was most likely due to all of those delicious caffeinated beverages. Damn you Monster and Rockstar!