Prime 6 False Emergency Room Alarms


4. Abdominal pain

The development of pain in the stomach area, or lower, can lead some people to think they have an ulcer, or that they are having an attack of appendicitis, or that they have a kidney stone. But as experts point out, the severity of the pain doesn’t always reflect the severity of the problem.

Women’s Health magazine says that even if you’re « doubled over in agony, » the problem probably isn’t life-threatening — your gastrointestinal system is probably out of whack (hint: you have to urinate or have a bowel movement correctly). However, the magazine notes that if you are experiencing severe pain in your lower right abdominal area, it could be your appendix and you should treat it more seriously.

5. Migraines

Migraines are severe headaches that affect about 10% of the US population (more common in women than men). However, while migraines can be debilitating, nearly 100% of the time a headache is just a headache, according to AARP, a nonprofit group for people aged 50 and over. more.

However, the organization says that if the headache is unusual – for example, it’s the worst you’ve ever had – it could be a sign of a more serious problem. Also, if the headache pain increases rapidly, it could even be a brain aneurysm, which certainly warrants emergency treatment. If you have accompanying symptoms such as dizziness, weakness, or loss of motor function, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention, AARP added.

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