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Three Situations That Warrant a Trip to the ER

Some people can be stubborn when it comes to avoiding a visit to the emergency room (ER). They think that the pain in their chest or the bump on their head is nothing to be worried about because they’re still breathing. However, certain symptoms shouldn’t be ignored.

If you’re feeling any of the symptoms below, go quickly to the ER or an urgent care center. More and more people are getting into urgent care opportunities, so you won’t have a shortage of medical facilities to go to.

You have a dull ache in your chest and it’s harder to breathe

If you feel pain in your chest and it’s harder for you to breathe, ask anyone to bring you to the ER quickly. It may be symptoms of a heart attack and you shouldn’t take these signs lightly.

Symptoms of a heart attack differ for every individual. Some don’t feel any chest pain at all. Doctors say when women experience a heart attack, the symptoms are often nausea, discomfort in the left or right arm (or both), and dizziness.

Some men feel cold sweats, jaw pain, shortness of breath, and pain in the back, shoulders and neck. If you feel any of these sensations, try to err on the side of caution and don’t think that it just might be indigestion. Call 911 and ask to be brought to an ER or urgent care facility right away.

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You have an abdominal pain that’s too intense

If you feel pain in your stomach that’s making you vomit or double over, then you should hightail it to the emergency room. Chances are you might have appendicitis or an ovarian cyst (for the women).

A burst appendix will lead to excruciating pain, so you need to have yourself checked right away. Also, if your appendix bursts and you don’t have it treated right away, you run the risk of developing peritonitis.

This condition is when the cavity lining of the abdomen, referred to as the peritoneum, becomes inflamed, which could lead to sepsis. If your appendicitis isn’t treated and sepsis occurs, it won’t be long until your internal organs start to shut down.

You got hit on the head

If you were hit on the head, go to your doctor and have yourself checked. You might not be exhibiting symptoms of any severe cranial trauma, but you might already be experiencing internal hemorrhage without you knowing it.

Head trauma is a serious condition that doesn’t exhibit clear symptoms. Some people had hit their heads, but felt fine afterward only to lose consciousness and slip into a coma. If you hit your head, no matter if you feel any pain or not, go straight to the doctor. Just because you’re not exhibiting symptoms of any trauma, it doesn’t mean there’s nothing wrong with you.

We often tell ourselves that some of the pain we feel or injuries we sustain are nothing to worry about when we don’t see any severe symptoms that will tell us otherwise. But, the body is a mysterious and sometimes fragile instrument. A sensation of pain or a small injury might already have caused a severe trauma inside our bodies. So, always err on the side of caution and seek help immediately.


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