Friday, October 15, 2010
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Pain can be a red flag, signaling the need to seek prompt medical care, according to the October issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. Other symptoms associated with pain can indicate a potentially serious concern, too.
The Mayo Clinic Health Letter explains when pain, accompanied by other symptoms, indicates a medical emergency or when they suggest a need to schedule an appointment with a physician.
The Mayo Clinic Health Letter recommends emergency medical care in these situations:
Whether pain is acute or long lasting, when it escalates from mild to severe or new symptoms develop, such as tingling or numbness, it's a noteworthy development. Pain that worsens isn't necessarily expected even for those who live with chronic pain. In general, a re-evaluation by a physician is in order when the nature of pain changes significantly. Seeking care in a timely manner can help avoid a more serious problem.
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