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When must I call my doctor if the ER said I have acute porphyria?

Acute porphyria: If the er doctor can even pronounce acute porphyria associated with your name then you must let your doctor know as this is a serious condition that needs a medical evaluation ! ...Read more

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I feel like I'm going to pass out and the on call doctor said go to the ER they not going to change my meds so there no point for me to go?

Feeling: Like your are going to pass out is a serious condition. So if you have had this before and the work up has been unremarkable. Talk to your doctor and try to adjust your meds to limit the symptoms. Obviously go to the ER if the symptoms worsen ...Read more

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I wanted the ER to call my doctor into the hospital when I was there but he never showed. Why?

Not on call: Physicians can't be on call all the time - it is likely they felt that the issue did not require him/her to be there and it is likely they contacted him or her and gave him information. Most of the time especially in larger ciites you will be treated by the on call doctor. ...Read more

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I have been having auras all day on and off as well as being very dizzy and nauseous. Could this just be a partial seizure? I'm not sure if I should go to the ER or wait until I can call doctor Monday.

I have been having auras all day on and off as well as being very dizzy and nauseous. Could this just be a partial seizure?  I'm not sure if I should go to the ER or wait until I can call doctor Monday.

Suggest: Not clear to me what symptoms you experience beyond being dizzy and nauseated, BUT an ER visit is likely to be disappointing based on your issues. Rather, telephone your doctor today, discuss what is occurring and decide the next step. Cannot diagnose partial seizures based on information provided. ...Read more

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Should i take my son to the doctors? Two days ago my 20month old son got his toes hurt bad we took him to the ER and he had a procedure called repair nail bed foot on two toes on his right foot he now has to wear a cast going up his whole leg and foot but

Should i take my son to the doctors? Two days ago my 20month old son got his toes hurt bad we took him to the ER and he had a procedure called repair nail bed foot on two toes on his right foot he now has to wear a cast going up his whole leg and foot but

It : It sounds like he had some sort of procedure for a toenail on 2 toes, if i'm reading your question correctly (help us help you by using punctuation). If this is correct, bleeding is normal, and they should have warned you about it. But now, at 2 days, there shouldn't be any new blood. If he's currently bleeding, then my answer is yes, take him back to the er. If it's old, dry blood on the bandage, there is no need to panic. But i assume you have a follow-up appointment to check on this in the next few days, right? ...Read more

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I am taking arthyromisin. I just had very very dark brown urine. Almost like tea or dr pepper. Should I go to the er or just call the dr in the mornin?

I am taking arthyromisin. I just had very very dark brown urine. Almost like tea or dr pepper. Should I go to the er or just call the dr in the mornin?

Call in the morning: If you otherwise feel fine, this can wait until you see your primary Doctor. Unless you have a very atypical emergency department near where you live, you will likely sit in the lobby for many hours if this is your only complaint. ...Read more

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My husband had a seizure in the ER & nurse called it a sudo(?)seizure, said it was not a epileptic seizure.What does this mean? Couldn't find in topics

My husband had a seizure in the ER & nurse called it a sudo(?)seizure, said it was not a epileptic seizure.What does this mean? Couldn't find in topics

Pseudoseizure: Pseudoseizures are not seizures. Patient have stereotypic movements that are most likely psychiatric in nature. They usually occur in patients who have seizures or who have close family members with seizures. ...Read more

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My roommate is vomiting up blood and she is refusing to go to the ER should I call an ambulance behind her back ? Or just leave it

My roommate is vomiting up blood and she is refusing to go to the ER should I call an ambulance behind her back ? Or just leave it

Leave it: Unless your friend is deemed incompetent she has the right to refuse any medical treatment. If you observe her to lose consciousness then you can call an ambulance on the assumption that a reasonable person would wish treatment under those circumstances. If she were to regain consciousness she could continue to refuse treatment however. You should encourage her to seek treatment. ...Read more

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I have tiny red flat bumps on my arm. I have been researching it and all i can come up with is a condition called petechiae. Should i go to the er?

I have tiny red flat bumps on my arm. I have been researching it and all i can come up with is a condition called petechiae. Should i go to the er?

Keratosis Pilaris: Keratosis pilaris is harmless (benign). It seems to run in families. It is more common in people who have very dry skin, or who have atopic dermatitis (eczema). The condition is generally worse in winter and often clears in the summer. Symptoms include: small bumps that look like "goose bumps" on the back of the upper arms and thighs. ...Read more

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Are a few hives & facial heat, flushing reasons to go to the ER or call 911? I didn't know what i was reacting to but was fine after taking xyzal (levocetirizine).

Are a few hives & facial heat, flushing reasons to go to the ER or call 911? I didn't know what i was reacting to but was fine after taking xyzal (levocetirizine).

Hive flushing: If you were fine, i don't think a trip to the er is necessary. More severe symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, low blood pressure or throat swelling would be concerns that need to be addressed at the er. I recommend you see and allergist/immunologist and consider getting an epipen, (epinephrine) Adrenaclick or Auvi-Q for anaphylaxis treatment. ...Read more

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If I have thoughts of suicide but know i will not actually do it, why should I go to the ER or call 911?

If I have thoughts of suicide but know i will not actually do it, why should I go to the ER or call 911?

Could get worse: The issue is that your complaint is one slice in time and in the absence of a longitudinal relationship a mental health professional cannot understand the context of the statement and this makes the individual who is listening to try and help you to the maximal extent possible. If you are choosing to not go then consider calling a crisis hotline, sometimes talking about it can help! stay safe! ...Read more

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How long does it take to become a ER physician assistant, to help take care of people in the er?

How long does it take to become a ER physician assistant, to help take care of people in the er?

2 yrs after college: Most physicians assistant programs are 2 year degrees after completing a bachelors degree. However, to get into a pa program they will want you to have experience in a medical setting so this can add time to your path. ...Read more

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Had period with heavy flow for 28 days, family dr not returning calls, normal bloodwork, should I go to the er?

Had period with heavy flow for 28 days, family dr not returning calls, normal bloodwork, should I go to the er?

Yes, u need to : See a gyn go to er to get diagnosed and then treated and they can refer u to a gyn for further care way too long to be bleeding that heavy. ...Read more

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What is the machine called that all of the equiment hooks up to in the er, such as the pulse oximeter and the BP cuff?

What is the machine called that all of the equiment hooks up to in the er, such as the pulse oximeter and the BP cuff?

UberAndBabyMonitors: It's just called a"monitor."At least, that's what we call it in our ER(and every other ER I've worked in the last 40 years).To it is hooked-up a cardiac monitor(yes, monitor)for the heart rate & rhythm,a pulse oximeter to measure the oxygen in the blood,a rerspiratory monitor to measure respiratory rate(the pulse oximeter also does that) & a blood pressure monitor.Let's call it all an Uber Monitor ...Read more