There are a lot of people that believe emergency rooms are crowded because people abuse the system by going there for procedures that are not really necessary. However, according to the thorough research by the group of authors from the Medical Journal of Australia (quantifying the proportion of general practice and low-acuity patients in the emergency department, MJA, in August of 2013), only 10% -12% of the patients that came to the ER could have been treated by a GP. That means that people usually estimate the emergency of their symptoms correctly. However, these are the symptoms that should not be overlooked. You should definitely seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of these indicators.
The pain that you should be worried about is a throbbing pain in your chest that does not go away even if you change positions. This type of pain is a sign of a heart attack. Also, this pain will not stay in one place. It will move to the jaw, your left arm, neck, or back. It can also be accompanied by shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, and other similar symptoms. Donít wait before seeking help and get it as soon as possible.
Slurry speech may start instantly and without any previous signs. The same goes with the so-called salad ďword saladĒ when you start pronouncing words that have no meaning and your sentences are actually nonsense. This is most certainly a symptom of a stroke. It will most usually be accompanied by feelings of confusion and disorientation. Coordination will be affected, as well.
This is especially important for those that still have their appendix because it can be a sign of appendicitis. In that case, it is accompanied by mucus in the stool, or a bloody stool. This means that your appendix is under some sort of inflammation and that it needs to be taken care of immediately. At times, this may cause the appendix to burst, which will cause internal bleeding. This is a very serious condition and it can cause death when not treated in time.
If there is not an obvious reason for repeated vomiting, like pregnancy or already known allergic reactions, this may be the symptom of ingesting something toxic. Repeated vomiting is (in that case) a sign that your body is trying to remove the toxins before they get administered throughout your body. You need to visit a 24 hour urgent care immediately if this is the case. Also, vomiting can be caused by some physical trauma to the brain. Either way, it is necessary that a doctor determines the cause of this.
For those that are not diagnosed with epilepsy, seizures are a very serious sign that something is wrong. They are a sign of bad brain activity that can be caused by many things. In a number of cases, it may even mean that the patient is starting to develop epilepsy. Whatever the case may be, the patient needs to be transported to the ER as soon as possible.
There are definitely other reasons to call for help besides these five. Obviously, every sort of physical trauma that is followed by severe pain or bleeding should be treated by the professionals. Substance abuse that renders people unconscious or causes severe problems need medical attention, as well. However, these five are the signs that come pretty much unexpectedly and people do not always know how to deal with them.