Post # 1
I have been pretty mum to Darling Husband & my family until today, but for the last two weeks (if not more) I have been having a hard time taking deep breaths. This week, it has been accompanied by chest pains. not severe chest pains, but more of a pain that when I push on the center of my chest between my breasts. My mom & hubby said that I need to go to the ER, but I hate the ER! ugh! Is this severe enough for an ER trip or can I wait it out and schedule an appt with my regular doctor?
Post # 3
Do you have a nurse hotline you can call? My previous health insurance had a hotline you could call and ask advice from an RN. Or maybe call your Dr’s office and ask to speak to a nurse.
Post # 4
usually if you go to the er with chest pains they will admit you into the hospital. new policy. but yes i would go
Post # 5
If you can’t see your doctor or talk to your doctor ASAP, yes you should go. IS your doctor’s office not available to answer this question for you? If you call with something like this I would think the dr would be able to call you back right away???
Post # 6
yeah. you need to go. There’s a reason you’re in pain. Let them figure out what it is.
could just be a pulled muscle but why risk it?
Post # 7
Yes, definitely. Chest pain is never something to mess around with!
Post # 8
You could see about an Urgent Care center. We have those around here, they don’t handle the big traumas or anything that’s really a true emergency so it’s really not quite the ordeal that the ER is. Plus, at mine, it’s cheaper than the ER co-pay.
Do call your doctor’s office, explain your symptoms, and get their advice. They may be able to get you in sooner than you think! Ask them about whether you should go to the ER or an Urgent Care if they can’t get you in quickly. Chest pain is nothing to mess with.
Post # 9
@Sunchick19: @bubbly234: That’s the thing. I don’t have a primary care doctor, only an OBGYN. The doctor that I tried/am trying to get an appointment with isn’t taking new patients with my insurance at the time.
@nik155: That’s a sucky rule. like I’ll be there overnight? OMG!
Post # 10
My policy is it you have to ask should I go to the ER you should just to be safe!
But i agree with PP chest pains are nothing to mess around with better safe than sorry!
Post # 11
If you go to an urgent care complaining of chest pains, they will send you to an ER, either by your own volition or via an ambulance.
If it’s been going on for two weeks, you might be able to schedule an appointment and avoid the ER.
But, if you have any sort of heart condition or family history of heart conditions, you should probably just go to the ER.
Post # 12
@sweetcrackers: My urgent care center sends you straight to the ER. We found that out with Darling Husband.
@MsPanda: I know. I hate the ER though! Geez!
Post # 13
@MARIE901: can you call your OB/GYN, explain the situation and see if they have advice? If not, then I think you know what to do….don’t wait until the evening though because then you will be there forever!
Post # 14
I second the urgent care suggestion: MUCH cheaper for me than the ER’s around here. If you have one that is…. some places have walk-in clinics, too… RN’s can diagnose and prescribe whatever is needed so if that’s an option it may be much faster and cheaper than an ER visit. To me your symptoms sound worrying but if it’s been continuing over the past few days, get in somewhere as soon as you can. ER may not be the most convenient but for sure if it’s the only place around. Feel better!
Post # 15
@MARIE901: walk in clinic then? :/ I know some super grocery stores around here have walk-ins for flu shots and the like.
Post # 16
I think anywhere you go as far as immediate care or a clinic they are going to send you straight to the ER anyway. I went to an immediate care once for bad stomach pain and once for what I thought was a UTI and they still sent me to the ER lol soooo something like what you are experiencing, they for sure will.