When something hurts or you notice something on your body that wasn’t there before, chances are your first instinct is to look your symptom up online. There you’ll find out that you either have indigestion or cancer (thank you, Internet “doctors”). The truth is that there are many symptoms that will clear up on their own. However, there are a few common symptoms and ailments that, should you experience, require a visit to the doctor’s office.
If you walk into a door and hit your chest, that’s not quite the pain we’re talking about. However, a tightening of the chest or lingering pain can be signs of a much more serious problem that should be examined by a medical professional right away. You should definitely see a doctor if these pains are followed by nausea, sweating, pressure, or shortness of breath. These could all be signs of a heart attack or blood clot.
Not every headache is worth visiting an urgent care or walk in clinic for. If you go to a doctor and complain of a simple headache, you’ll probably be given over the counter painkillers and an expensive pat on the back. However, sudden headaches that are incredibly painful could indicate a severe problem such as a brain aneurysm, ruptured blood vessel, meningitis, or shingles. If you experience a sudden headache that is more painful than any you’ve had before, then you should visit a medical professional right away.
Have you ever experienced the sensation of walking into a room and forgetting why you went in there in the first place? Now multiply that feeling by 10. If you’re ever suddenly confused, it could be a sign of a stroke, brain tumor, or a brain hemorrhage. Even a sudden inability to focus or concentrate could be considered serious symptoms. While you may not have a severe brain condition, you could still be dehydrated or have an infection or low blood sugar.
Of course, there are other reasons to visit the emergency room or walk in clinic as well. A walk in clinic or an urgent care clinic can provide pain care, injury care, and general medical services for most common injuries and illnesses. Something like an injury from jumping in volleyball (which accounts for 63% of total volleyball injuries) should be a reason to visit a medical professional. However, you should still pay attention to your body and the signs of distress.
Are you suffering from pain or injury and looking for urgent care here in Newport Beach? Visit our Newport Beach walk in clinic today.