- There are many physical and behavioral changes that need immediate medical attention.
- Getting urgent care for someone who is having a medical emergency can save a life.
- Watch out for sudden changes in vision, crushing chest pain, a migraine attack that won’t go away, excruciating abdominal pain and depression.
Getting urgent care for someone who is having a medical emergency can save a life. Watch out for the following signs:
1. The worst headache of your life
According to the Mayo Clinic, a sudden severe headache that gets worse despite resting and taking over-the-counter pain medicine might signify aneurysm or bleeding in the brain caused by a ruptured blood vessel. A headache that comes with slurred speech or weakness on one side of your body often indicates a stroke. If a worsening headache happens after a minor fall or blow to the head, it can lead to lethal brain swelling. Call 911 immediately for treatment.
Studies have found that women who regularly get migraines accompanied by flashing or zigzag lights or blurred vision may indicate that tiny areas in the cerebellum have died. Research is ongoing to find out which causes which.
Anyone experiencing severe or frequent headaches should consult a doctor for the most recent treatments and identification of headache triggers.
Imaging studies suggest that depression causes a part of the brain called the hippocampus to shrink.
Consult a mental health professional if you experience symptoms of depression.
4. Ankle sprains
An untreated ankle sprain can make you prone to further injury.
If your ankle sprain prevents you from walking or standing, go to the emergency room to check for severe ligament damage and broken bones. If you can still walk, wrap your ankle with a compression bandage, keep it elevated for 48 hours, and apply ice for 20 minutes every two hours. When the pain and swelling are gone, practice balance-improving exercises that can strengthen your ankle.
5. Crushing chest pressure
According to a JAMA study, 40 to 50 percent of people with heart attack symptoms ignore them for up to six hours. Unfortunately, cardiologist David Fischman says heart muscle begins to die within 30 minutes of an attack’s onset. According to Fischman, people expect pain during a heart attack, but the most dangerous symptom is pressure, which feels like someone is sitting on your chest. The pressure may also radiate into your arms, back, and jaw. If the pressure remains the same when you move, pop an aspirin and seek medical attention immediately. According to Dr. Fischman, women are less likely to feel chest pressure and more likely to ignore discomfort in the arm, back, or jaw.
6. Abdominal pain
Abdominal pain may indicate appendicitis or other potentially life-threatening conditions. Consult your doctor immediately if the pain comes with the following symptoms:
- change in your urine color
- yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes
7. Sudden changes in vision
According to Julia Haller, MD, ophthalmologist-in-chief at Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia, people ignore symptoms of vision problems because the brain allows them to still see pretty well with the other eye. However, sudden changes in vision may require immediate treatment.
If you see floaters, flashing lights, or a shade over your field of vision, or if one of your eyes suddenly loses sight, it might indicate a retinal tear or a retinal detachment. These conditions may lead to blindness if not treated immediately.
Source: The Healthy