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Time to go to the emergency room

While most injuries and symptoms do not require a trip to the emergency room, there are some signs and symptoms that need to be taken seriously and you should seek medical attention to be evaluated and treated. The following list contains a few examples of when it is appropriate to head to the emergency room. It is not all inclusive but the most important thing to remember is if your instinct tells you to seek help, listen. It is better to be safe than sorry.

1.      Loss of bowel or bladder function

2.      Difficulty speaking

3.      Sudden, severe headache unlike you have ever had

4.      Pain or pressure in the chest

5.      Sudden weakness or numbness, especially on one side of body

6.      Sudden, severe abdominal pain

7.      Large amount of blood in the stool

8.      Loss of consciousness after a trauma to the head

9.      Prolonged, heavy bleeding from a wound

10.  Inability to bear weight on an injured bone/joint following a trauma

11.  Serious burn

12.  Fever of 105 degrees or more