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When Should I Seek Medical Attention For A Finger Injury
Great pain; crooked: Treatment for a jammed finger includes: rest, cold packs, & elevating that hand up to the chest. Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen) for 3 days helps reduce the swelling & pain. One can "buddy splint" by taping the injured finger to the finger next to it for a few days. If the pain is severe, the finger crooked, or the range of motion significantly decreased, a primary or orthopedic doctor can evaluate & do an x-ray. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The bruising is from blood that can be the result of a muscle, ligament or bone injury. A thorough medical evaluation (that will likely include x-rays) will determine whether you injured a bone (break/fracture) or soft tissue (ligament sprain or muscle tear) or both. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Consequences ?: About the only thing necessary is for you to decide if you want to risk not seeking medical attention. Failure not to could and many times does have consequences that patients never counted on. Probably best to use good judgment and seek the medical attention. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm having symptoms of concussion/whiplash a week after a rear end accident. Should I seek medical attention or wait it out?
See a doctor: You should be evaluated if there is a possibility of a traumatic injury. ...Read more
Should I see immediate medical assistance with a sudden left teaticle pain that will not go away?
Torsion: This could be a torsion or twisting of the testicle in the sack. You should get this checked out ASAP. ...Read more
Many symptoms: Before or after any surgery, the risks, the potential complications, the potential mortality must be stated to you in a manner that you understand. There should be regular post-op visits to make sure all the healing is going well. Immediate care needs to be sought if there is suddenly new pain or increased pain in the area; or pus, redness, red streaks coming from wound, anything of concern. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When should you seek medical attention for headaches? How frequent / severe should migraines be before you seek medical help?
Now : Now that we have medicines that significantly shorten or stop migraines why suffer. Talk to your doctor about the headaches to help her determine if they fulfill the criteria for a migraine diagnosis. I don't usually order a ct scan if the history is typical for migraine and the neurological examination is normal. If the migraines are infrequent she may prescribe a triptan to be taken at the onset of the headache. If they are frequent, you may benefit from a preventive medicine as well. I had migraines for years before someone told me there were treatments available. (this was before medical school). Don't let migraines spoil your life. The good news is that they often stop after menopause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vision down, infecti: If your vision is disturbed, the pain is significant, there is skin tearing or bleeding through the skin, or the eye cannot move, then seek help. Also if the hit was enough to fracture the bones around the eye, then you need evaluation also. See your ophthalmologist for this. ...Read more
I have a boil about 1 inch from my anus. It is at the site of a former fistula surgery. Should i wait for it to come to a head or seek immediate attention. If so, family doc or colorectal doc to lance?
Colorectal doc: A "boil" at the site of a previous fistula surgery suggests that the fistula has returned. It will probably drain itself easily with hot soaks or baths but the track will persist. Recurrent fistulas can be difficult so a colorectal specialist would be your best option. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Immediate Care: If you have weakness or bowel/bladder incontinence than it can be an emergency that may need to be evaluated for surgery. This suggests that the disc is significant compressing nerves in the spinal canal reducing their function. Generally though, a majority of slipped discs or herniations are mostly painful and resolve over time and do not cause long term effects. ...Read more
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