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How Much Should I Worry About Ear Pain
See your doctor: Too much worry can scare you into inaction. Most eye pain has simple causes such as dry eye and eye strain. Treatment is straightforward and should not be avoided out of fear. A healthy dose of worry is good, if it is enough to get you to see a doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't worry get info: Most tinnitus is due to exposure to loud noise. Other causes include meniere's disease, aging, rarely ear wax, drugs, infections and vascular disease. Tinnitus is often accompanied by hearing loss. There are diagnostic tests and treatments for some of the causes of tinnitus. See: www.Dizziness-and-balance.Com/disorders/hearing/tinnitus.Htm for more info. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the severity, frequency as well as the when and how. What makes it better or worse. One leg, both legs. Is it associated with swelling? Are there general health issues? Are you at risk for peripheral vascular disease? Do you have low spinal problems. Or does this come on only after vigorous exercise? ...Read more
Scrotal pain: Scrotal pain should almost always be evaluated by a doctor. The most serious cause is twisting of the blood vessel in the scrotum with extreme pain. Another common cause is infection of the epididymis (part of the testicle) with a bacterium, particularly among younger males who are sexually active or older men. Other causes include hernias, kidney stones, nerve pain, or skin inflammation. ...Read more
Yes, worry about it: Is your distension acute, &/or associated with fever, nausea, vomiting, bleeding? If so, please get medical attention now. If, on the other hand, associated with painful constipation then consider possible c-ibs. Medical evaluation under the rome 3 criteria can exclude obstruction, ileus, ischemic disease, tumors, dysmotilities of the gut, rectal dysfunction. Urgency of care depends on the cause. ...Read more
Possibly very: Chest pressure can have many possible causes, including angina or heart attack. Spasm of the esophagus, muscle spasm, asthma, bronchitis are others that can cause a feeling of pressure in the chest. Do not self-diagnose this one; for chest pressure lasting over 15 minutes without clear cause esp if smoker, diabetic, family history of heart attack, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, call 911. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly very: A purple rash and headache in combination with fever can be a sign of meningitis and requires emergency management. There are other possible causes without fever including; medicine side effect, viral illness, treatment with Amoxicillin while suffering from mononucleosis; list goes on. It really is best to be evaluated and, if with fever, immediately. ...Read more
Dysuria: Dysuria is the feeling of pain, burning, or discomfort upon urination. Although dysuria frequently indicates the presence of a urinary tract infection (UTI), it can have a variety of causes. Dysuria should always trigger a visit to a health-care professional for evaluation and diagnosis. http://www.emedicinehealth.com/dysuria/article_em.htm#dysuria_overview ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Moderate concern: While even a "mild" urinary tract infection can have severe symptoms, there are many potential causes of infection, including usual and unusual bacteria, yeast, stds, and even other organisms. While many resolve on their own, depending upon associated medical conditions, sexual activity, age, immune status, medication use, and other factors, each case should be evaluated if it persists. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually not serious: Easy bruising is usually benign, the result of unnoticed injury. If accompanied by bleeding gums, heavy periods, a history of bleeding into joints or a history of bleeding in the stomach or intestines it should be evaluated. If you are worried it can be easily investigated with a few lab tests. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A lot...: True stridor is considered a medical emergently since it represents an airway which is closing. If a patient truly has strider, 911 should be called and the person taken immediately to the nearest er. A tube may need to be placed in the airway so that artificial ventilation can be done while the etiology is diagnosed and treated. Stridor can be life-threatening and even fatal. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Lower leg swelling: Lower leg swelling can be due to a variety of conditions. In addition to musculoskeletal causes, it can be due to cardiovascular and other medical conditions.; medications for high blood pressure can cause it, for example. You didn't indicate whether one or both legs are swollen, nor how long the condtion has lasted. I would recommend seeing your physician to have it checked out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: A bleed in (or on) the brain can happen following trauma but also be due to vascular lesions and stroke. Bleeding in the wrong part of the brain can lead to significant functional loss. If you think you have a bleed in the brain you need to get to the er immediately. Since most brain bleeds are random events, you shouldn't worry about this as it is not that common. ...Read more
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