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Is it necessary to go to ER for a possible broken rib?

Is it necessary to go to ER for a possible broken rib?

Not emergent: If you think it's just a bruise, you will probably be ok, but if you think it might be more, you should get it looked at. ...Read more

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Rib Fracture (Definition)

An injury that occurs when one of the bones in ...Read more


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Is it okay that i go to the ER for a head xray?

Is it okay that i go to the ER for a head xray?

Don't know: It depends on clinical situation and whether radiographic exam is necessary. Ct exams of head can help in certain clinical situations. Physician should determine wheter xray examination is necessary for diagnosis of problem. ...Read more

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Is it worth it to go to the ER for severe constipation?

Is it worth it to go to the ER for severe constipation?

Depends...duration: If very sick go er. If not, stable, can try fleet's enema, magcitrate, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) dulcolax suppositary. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to have xray for a broken rib?

Is it necessary to have xray for a broken rib?

No.: Not necessary, but if your symptoms persist or you feel short of breath, you may benefit from an xray. ...Read more

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Would it be easier to go to the hospital for a lump as i'm diabetic?

Would it be easier to go to the hospital for a lump as i'm diabetic?

Not needed.: You will wait 4-5 hours to be seen in the emergency room. Any family doctor or internist should be able to take care of you with lump and diabetes. They may refer you to a surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a tooth that is chipped and now has an abscess. How dire is this? Do i need to go to the ER to get IV antibiotics or can I wait to see a dentist?

I have a tooth that is chipped and now has an abscess. How dire is this? Do i need to go to the ER to get IV antibiotics or can I wait to see a dentist?

Don't wait: Before the advent of antibiotics, abscessed upper front teeth were one of the leading causes of death. Antibiotics will lessen the severity if the infection, but only your dentist can treat the problem and keep it from recurring. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to see a doctor for a finger dislocation? How is a dislocation defined? It has to be far out of position?

Is it necessary to see a doctor for a finger dislocation? How is a dislocation defined? It has to be far out of position?

Yes : See a doctor. What might appear to be a simple dislocation might be a complex injury, such as a fracture dislocation. See a doctor for x-ray and examination. A dislocation means the joint is completely out. A patial dislocation is referred to as subluxation. ...Read more

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How should tailbone injuries be treated and is a visit to the ER necessary if there really isn't anything doctors can do for it?

How should tailbone injuries be treated and is a visit to the ER necessary if there really isn't anything doctors can do for it?

Yes, you need to --: Get the diagnosis. Just because you fall and injure the tailbone area doesn't necessarily mean its only the tailbone you've injured, as associated injuries can and do complicate the problem. Only proper diagnosis will help and prevent long term issues from non-tailbone injuries. Good luck. ...Read more

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Should I go to the ER for a broken toe?

Should I go to the ER for a broken toe?

Depends : if it is in good alignment, you may get more help from a foot/ankle specialist. As long as there is no broken skin, taping the toe and icing is a good idea until you can be seen ...Read more

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My hands are numb, is it a good idea to go to the ER or should I wait until monday to see my usual doctor for potential hand nerve damage?

My hands are numb, is it a good idea to go to the ER or should I wait until monday to see my usual doctor for potential hand nerve damage?

Your doctor unless..: Acute onset numbness never before present is associated with injury and should be evaluated and treated soon. Worsening of chronic numbness to "complete" is unusual and related to having ignored the long-standing problem. The er is for emergencies; you should rest, elevate, and take antiinflammatory meds until you see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it okay to go to school with a skull fracture?

Is it okay to go to school with a skull fracture?

Yes if there no : Complications and the initial period of observation past without any problem. No sport activities. ...Read more

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Is there any reason to go to a doctor for a broken pinky toe?

Is there any reason to  go to a doctor for a broken pinky toe?

Yes: Especially if the toe looks out of place compared to how it looked before the injury. You also want to make sure it sets and heals in proper alignment, to prevent future deformity and arthritis issues. ...Read more

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What will be prescribed to me if i go to the ER for a serious, painful case of gout?

What will be prescribed to me if i go to the ER for a serious, painful case of gout?

Colchicin and/or Ind: You will be prescribed colchicin and/or i ndomethacin and follow up with you family doctor or rheumatologist for follow up care. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to go to doctor for crackles in lungs?

Is it necessary to go to doctor for crackles in lungs?

Yes: What you need to know is why is there an abnormal breath sound on your chest examination. The possibilities are quite diverse and your symptoms would help the doctor narrow things down. Fluid on the lungs, scarring or inflammation of the lung tissue are the most common reasons for crackles but again, the why is most important. Different medications may be needed. Crackles are not normal. ...Read more

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How long would you be in the hospital for a broken rib for?

How long would you be in the hospital for a broken rib for?

No hospital stay: Having experienced several personally, the pain will calm down in 2-3 weeks and take an average of 4-6 weeks to resolve. You will not need hospital stay unless you have injured your lung/have a pneuomothorax, or other trauma. ...Read more

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