When Should You See A Doctor

When You Should Call Your Doctor

In today’s world of internet and high tech gadgets, many people are still unsure about when to call their doctor about health issues. With so much information out there about how to live healthy, dietary changes we need to make, commercials for medications and worldwide complaints about GMO harming your health, it is simply amazing that a lot of people over or under call their doctor. There are certain times that you need to call the doctor, whether you really want to or now.
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Situations Where You Call The Doctor

Here are some situations where you call the doctor and more importantly, how soon to schedule a visit.

 Chest pain: You should always call the doctor if you have chest pain, especially if it comes on sudden. Sometimes, our first thought is to go to the hospital, but a quick call to the doctor can tell you if that is necessary. Yes, heart attacks are often accompanied by chest pain, but so is pleurisy, anxiety and a few other conditions. Take that 5 minutes and call your doctor. Tell him all of your symptoms and they will tell you if you need to come in or go to the hospital.
 Cough: You should call the doctor if you have a cough that lasts more than 7 days or it is a severe cough. Severe as in you get dizzy or pass out. Coughing fits that last more than a couple of seconds. Most of us know when we have a cold, but longer term coughs can indicate other health problems. With the discovery that the pertussis vaccination only lasts for a specified amount of time, resurgence in whooping cough has come about. Added to emphysema, pleurisy and other lung problems, call your doctor when a coughing fit has lasted more than 7 days.
 Neck Pain: If you have neck pain or swelling, call your doctor. While it may be just a strain or pinched nerved, there are more serious health conditions that this can indicate, especially if it is accompanied by a headache, hurting to move your head certain ways or swelling near the throat.
 Temperature: Call your doctor if you temperature reaches 101.00F and is not controlled with medications like acetaminophen or Ibuprofen. If you have a temperature about 99.60F that lasts more than 1 week with no other symptoms, then call your doctor.
 Pain with urination: This can be an indicator of a urinary tract infection (UTI). Many times a doctor has protocols that say to have you come in for a urine test. The result of the test will determine whether they will give you a prescription. Of course, odd colored or foul smelling urine are cause to call the doctor immediately.
 Flu symptoms that seem to get better for a day and then come back worse: Why is this a time to call the doctor? Well, for many people, this is an indication of high blood sugar, which is an indication of diabetes, a life threatening disease. If you have flu like symptoms, and then suddenly feel okay, not great but okay for a few hours to a day, then it comes back even worse, call your doctor and let them know.

This is obviously not a complete list, but does give some common symptoms that you may be overly concerned about or not concerned enough. Also, if you have questions, you can always use a symptom checker like you find on WebMd.

It is hard to know when to be worried and when not to be when it comes to our health. Knowing some of the more common symptoms that we are overly concerned with or things that we don’t take serious enough will help you to know when you should call a doctor.

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