When should you call for help?
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
- You passed out (lost consciousness).
- You have severe trouble breathing.
- You have sudden chest pain and shortness of breath, or you cough up blood.
- It is hard to think, move, speak, or see.
- Your body is jerking or shaking.
Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:
- You have trouble thinking clearly.
- You have a fever with a stiff neck or a severe headache.
- Your incision comes open.
- You have signs of infection, such as:
- Increased pain, swelling, warmth, or redness.
- Red streaks leading from the incision.
- Pus draining from the incision.
- Swollen lymph nodes in your neck, armpits, or groin.
- A fever.
- You have any sudden vision changes.
- You have new or worse headaches.
- You fall and hit your head.
- You are sleeping more than you are awake.
- You have pain that does not get better after you take pain medicine.
- You have a fever over 100°F.
- You have a headache and you throw up.
Watch closely for changes in your health and be sure to contact your doctor if you have any problems.
Published April 2018
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