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Relative unable to move bowels for over two weeks. Has taken dulcolax, citric magnesium, and prune juice. Given prescription suppositories by urgent care center, still now movement. No stomach pain, just pain in rear and urgency to go. What should be d

Relative unable to move bowels for over two weeks. Has taken dulcolax, citric magnesium, and prune juice. Given prescription suppositories by urgent care center, still now movement. No stomach pain, just pain in rear and urgency to go. What should be d

Go to ER now.: Digital rectal exam? Occult blood? A KUB? Acute bowel series? Time to go to a real ER. He needs a CT+contrast. Critical: is he even passing gas? If not & you have no imaging, *stop* giving any treatment from above. NPO with IV fluids. Nothing by mouth except sips of ginger ale until docs know what is going on. He may just be impacted, or have something worse like a mass, torsion or infarct. ...Read more

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Dr. Erin Robertson
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Urgent Care (Definition)

Urgent care is delivered in an ambulatory setting. Patients arrive without appointments, first come, first served (except in cases of emergency) care that is rendered is often to treat minor traumatic injuries (ankle sprain, broken finger), lacerations, minor illnesses - sore throat, cough, uti. Not a primary care setting - patients are referred back ...Read more


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I went to urgent care and I have acute serous otitis media in my right ear. I have amoxicillin and I am having severe pain. Pain killer doesn't work.?

I went to urgent care and I have acute serous otitis media in my right ear. I have amoxicillin and I am having severe pain. Pain killer doesn't work.?

Change pain killer: Ear pain can be very severe. If what u r taking is not helping have the pain killer changed to something that may be more effective. Call the doctor who saw you. Antibiotics do take 24-48 hours to work at times and that may also need to be changed if not helping. Have urself re evaluated within 24-48 hours if medications not helping. ...Read more

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What is urgent care vs emergency medicine?

What is urgent care vs emergency medicine?

ER's are for for: Serious problems that may require hospital admission, and tehy are connected to one, ct's, mri's, code teams and trauma centers. An urgent care center can deal with many less serious issues, from school physicals, sore throats, tooth and ear aches even shots for travel. Er's cost a lot, urgent care may demand payment, but always cheaper than er. ...Read more

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Should I go to urgent care for the common cold?

Should I go to urgent care for the common cold?

ER/Urgent care abuse: A common cold is a viral infection with a short duration. Rest and drinking more fluids will help you through it. There is no need to go to an urgent care center or to the emergency room for treatment. ...Read more

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When must I go to urgent care vs the emergency department?

When must I go to urgent care vs the emergency department?

For Emergencies Only: Usually emergent situations are self-evident. Ex's. Include some forms of chest pain, significant head trauma, open fractures, intractable seizures, respiratory distress, debilitating abdomen pain with fever and mental status changes. Most other conditions can be handled at a urgent care. Once you've been evaluated by an urgent care physician he will direct you to the er if he/she has concerns. ...Read more

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Help please! When should I go to an ER or urgent care for iv?

Help please! When should I go to an ER or urgent care for iv?

When you cant wait: Due to being sick. There is not clear cut answer, but when you are injured or you are too dehydrated, you may require fluid through intravenous route, then you may need to be in ER. ...Read more

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Should I go to urgent care for the common cold that's going around the family?

Should I go to urgent care for the common cold that's going around the family?

More...: If your symptoms are less than 2 weeks, it is unlikely that an antibiotic will help. Saline nasal rinses have been shown to be a great help. Search "nasal rinse" to learn more! Stay home if you have a fever and wash hands any time you wipe your nose or touch your face so you don't spread the infection! ...Read more

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What is the difference between the emergency department and the urgent care department?

What is the difference between the emergency department and the urgent care department?

Level of threat: Traditionally we define a medical emergency as any acute condition that immediately threatens life, limb or eyesight. Whereas, an urgent care issue is an acute medical problem that does not constitute such an immediate threat. ...Read more

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Went to urgent care for cold said my HGB 16.6 g/dl I'd this bad if so what does it mean?

Went to urgent care for cold said my HGB 16.6 g/dl I'd this bad if so what does it mean?

Normal finding: HGB stands for hemoglobin which is a measure of your blood. Normal values for males are between 13.5-17.5. ...Read more

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If im anxious to find out if my child might have diabetes can I go to urgent care facility to find out faster?

If im anxious to find out if my child might have diabetes can I go to urgent care facility to find out faster?

Yes: Yes any urgent care can check a random blood sugar and order a HbA1c, either or combo can help. The American diabetic association http://www.diabetes.org has helpful info. Best of luck. ...Read more

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The urgent care gave me dilaudid how long till it wears off? Mines been going for 5+ hrs but at least My pains temporarily gone?

Dilaudid half-life: Plasma half life is 2.5 h (half that of morphine). It takes approximately 6 half lives for a drug to be eliminated from your system. 2.5*6/24= 0.625 day. The Dilaudid will stay in your system for about 12 hours. ...Read more

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I have pain in both sides on and off. One side one day, possibly the other side another day. I'm going to urgent care for this. Will I need an x-ray?

I have pain in both sides on and off. One side one day, possibly the other side another day. I'm going to urgent care for this. Will I need an x-ray?

Maybe, maybe not: A primary care doctor is a better doctor to see for this, rather than an urgent care doctor. Usually for first visits, an x-ray is not needed. It will depend on where the symptoms are, how severe they are, and on the judgement of the doctor. "pain in both sides" is sort of vague... Both sides of what? ...Read more

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What should you do when you go to urgent care?

What should you do when you go to urgent care?

Urgent Care: Is for people who have an urgency - not an emergency. For example, if your physician can not see you for a week, then urgent care might be a good option to receive interim care for your condition. If you cut yourself, strained something, have an abscess, or got something in your eye, urgent care is a good option. We treat most disorders like any primary care physician. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: urgent care?

What is the definition or description of: urgent care?

Short Term Care: Urgent care is delivered in an ambulatory setting. Patients arrive without appointments, first come, first served (except in cases of emergency) care that is rendered is often to treat minor traumatic injuries (ankle sprain, broken finger), lacerations, minor illnesses - sore throat, cough, uti. Not a primary care setting - patients are referred back to their own pmd. ...Read more

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Can dentists provide urgent care?

Can dentists provide urgent care?

Absolutely: Just like any other medical specialty, there are emergent situations in dental field. Common examples are severe dental pain, maxillary-facial trauma, severe infection, etc. Most dental offices have emergency hotlines and oncall doctors. However, if it is a life theratening situation or severe infection beyond toothache, you should go to hospital based dental clinic or an oral surgeron office. ...Read more

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If I have UTI. Should I go to urgent care?

If I have UTI. Should I go to urgent care?

Yes: You need a urine culture before starting meds. If you do not have discomfort that is severe of fever and can see your doctor the next day you could wait a day or so. ...Read more

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Can I go to local urgent care center just to get tramdol?

Can I go to local urgent care center just to get tramdol?

No: Urgent care centers are expensive. I do not recommend that you just walk in there to get tramadol. You should get tramadol from your pmd. By walking into urgent care you are abusing the system and adding to healthcare costs which cost the country economically. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to get blood work done at an urgent care?

Is it possible for me to get blood work done at an urgent care?

For an urgent: Problem they can do blood work. If it is for screening or follow up of a medical problem see your doctor to get an order and go to a lab to get it done ...Read more

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