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I had a fall in the driveway last night. Pain just below both breasts. Worse with movement, palpation, or cough. ER, Urgent Care, or wait?
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
Had miscarriage at 6w3d. On 4/2/13. Have a neg. Blood. Er/urgent care docs did not give rhogam shot. Is it needed? Not sure of hubby's Rh factor.
You need it soon: 85% of people have rh+ blood, so playing the laws of averages, there is a very strong likelihood that the father was rh+. There is always the chance that the baby would have been rh- and Rhogam wouldn't be necessary, but why take the chance. It's to prevent a problem with future pregnancies. ...Read more
Should i go to an er? Urgent care? Or just suck it up and wait until I have taken all of my antibiotic? I am being treated for a uti, the second one this month. This time, after 5 days of antibiotics, i still have quite a bit of pain. The burning and
Yes, : Yes, you should go to the er if you have failed your second antibiotic, which sounds like you have. Hopefully there were cultures taken of your urine so that they can find out which antibiotic works for you. Urinary tract infections can worsen and can cause kidney infection (pyelonephritis), with symptoms of increased pain, vomiting, or fever. ...Read more
Heard a pop in my neck 3 days ago. Lots of pain&swelling.No relief w/heat,ibuprofen,muscle relaxer. Hx: 3 bulged discs. ER?urgent care? Will they help
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
Haven’t slept in days. Meds won’t help. Can an er or urgent care help??? Extreme pain from fibro as well. More than normal.
Why not sleeping?: The reason why you’re not sleeping needs to be clarified. Is there a medical cause? Psychological cause? Is it the pain that’s keeping you awake? Are you on a medication for the fibro that’s keeping you awake? You need to see a doctor at this point, being that in an office, or an UCC or ED. ...Read more
Should you go to ER or urgent care for a broke finger or can you just tape it and make an appointment? Finger is deformed
Must get immediate : Attention to avoid healing in 'wrong position'. ...Read more
Not necessary: Hi. You can just see your doctor. Generally a good primary care doc will do a better job than an ER in starting treatment for diabetes. The only caveat would be if you also have an infection or something else serious going on. If you have the option, best idea would be to see an endocrinologist. From here on out, change your life. Eat healthily and exercise regularly. Of course, DON'T SMOKE! ...Read more
Glass stuck on side of knee for 3 days .ER or urgent care(pretty good in mY area). How much will hurt? Never had anything done or break anything
Depends : Hi Camilla, it depends on the urgent cares capacity to do such procedures and what the knee looks like. 3 days is a long time to have a foreign body in your knee. There are chances that an infection can occur. I would get it checked out. Regarding pain, they should be able to numb the area. Every doctor has his/he own style of treating the pain. ...Read more
My gums on the inside have swollen and become black and blue. I have already been to the ER and urgent care and am on meds and pain stuff but i am not getting better... The swelling is getting worse?
24 year old severe asthmatic
Gasping for breath once every hour. Er or urgent care. Already done allergy pills and inhaler?
Don't have money for er or urgent care and my gi is booked today unbearable pain doubling over gi suspects adhesions do i just ride out the pain?
Itchy redness on neck, shaped like butterfly. No history on thyroid problem, so what could be the cause? Should I go to ER or urgent care for this?
Rash: The differential diagnosis of rashes is very large. A physician typically needs to see your rash in person and get a history to make a diagnosis. Bactrim can cause a serious rash so call your treating MD immediately for instructions. I noticed you have a skin abscess and a mild fever, but it is unclear how long you have had the abscess or where the abscess is. See MD to ensure improvement. ...Read more
I've been having intense lower back pain lower right Side pain that runs to my hip should I go to the ER or urgent care clinic?
Acute or chronic? : If your symptoms are very acute/new, you could consider a kidney stone to be present, and you could have this evaluated at the ER if the pain is severe. If the symptoms have been present for quite a long time, you could start with an an evaluation with your PCP for a possible low back condition. ...Read more
Was not sleeping well and experiencing dizziness muscle cramps and some confusion went to ER vs urgent care gave me lorazapam w/o discussing need why?
Lorazepam: Lorazepam can be given for acute anxiety, panic attacks, etc. Your symptom picture is consistent with this, and i'm guessing your er doctor who examined you & ran any tests may have thought this too. When they discharge you from the er, they usually instruct you to follow up with your family doctor or psychiatrist if you have one. Further eval and treatment are possible for you w/your own doctors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My mom is 83 and has a pool of blood under the skin on her arm. It doesn't hurt and no blood in stool or anything. Shld we go to ER or urgent care?
27 y/o female. Severe lower R back pain, radiating to abdomen and down R leg. Feels like muscles are tearing, joints being drilled in incapacitating pain. Can ER or urgent care do anything? PCM unable to see me until next week.
Low Back Pain Relief: Assuming you have simple muscle related back pain, most LBP is not serious and goes away with time, physio, stretching exercises, and simple analgesia. Warning signs include numbness, weakness, urinary or defecating problems, or fever. If you are older or have a cancer that is concerning also. If any concerns or symptoms persist you should see your doctor. The ED or UC may prescribe analgesia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My Blood pressure has been 146/95 & 150/101. Should I wait to see reg dr on Monday? Or go to ER or urgent care now. Slight Headache
Rarely an Emergency: & going to ER drives high cost for lots of expensive, Hi $, defensive medicine tests unlikely to be helpful & possibly harmful. Big hidden drivers of high blood pressure are internalized anger, frustration, sometimes fear & especially pain. The HA pain & HBP are likely interacting. Migraine (meaning vascular, arteries dilate) is most common mechanism of HAs, i.e. literally a painful pulse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer