You are having a difficult time breathing and have severe chest pains, you decide that you need to head to the emergency room right away.

That would seem to be an easy choice, but deciding when to go to the emergency room isn’t always so obvious. Nobody wants to wind up at the ER, but if you know something is seriously wrong with you, you have no choice. Maybe you have a weird pain in your lower jaw, a really bad headache or maybe you feel super dizzy; when there is something wrong, you can’t always tell if it is an emergency that can’t wait.

Privis Health, your source for digital healthcare, offers some signs that indicate you should be heading to the emergency room.

Shortness of Breath

A dull ache in your chest and a shortness of breath could be an indication that you are having a heart attack. Most people know that severe chest pains and lack of breath are signs of a heart attack, but the more subtle symptoms are the ones that can fool you.

Having chest pains doesn’t mean you are having a heart attack either, it could be angina, heartburn or even a touch of gas. But it is important that you get to the emergency room so they can determine exactly what happened.

Abdominal Pain

You are going to have stomach pains that pop up from time to time throughout your life. In most cases, it will be associated with indigestion, flu, heartburn or any number of minor conditions that leave you with an upset tummy.

But if you are doubled-over with stomach pain, that is a sign you need to head to the emergency room. Severe pain in your belly region could be a burst appendix or an ovarian cyst.

Hit in the Head

If you fall off your bike and hot your head, you might have a concussion, even if you were wearing a helmet. If you get hit in the head with a baseball, you need to go to the emergency room right away, we don’t care if the count is in your favor.

Doctors don’t mess around when it comes to head injuries. Even if you don’t show signs of a concussion, like vomiting and a headache, you should still be evaluated.

Bleeding Like Crazy

It might be obvious that you need to go to the emergency room if you nearly slice your finger off while chopping tomatoes, but some would are harder to tell if they are bad.

You might suffer what seems to be a minor cut, but it is producing a great amount of blood. If this is the case, you should get a ride to the emergency room and have it checked out. A small cut can be a deep cut and could result in damage to nerves and tendons.

A Bad Headache

If you have a headache that leaves you in a dark room in the fetal position, have someone take you to the emergency room right away. It might be a migraine or cluster headache you suffer, But it could also be a ruptured aneurysm or even a stroke.


You will undoubtedly suffer your share of fevers in your lifetime. Most of the time, a fever is just indication that you are ill and your body is responding to the infection. But there should be a concern if the fever is really high. In fact, if it gets above 103 degrees, you should go to the ER. If you have had a high fever for more than a week, it is a sign you need to go to the emergency room.


Vomiting is a common symptom that is caused by any number of various conditions and is usually nothing to be overly concerned about. But if there is blood in the vomit or you have a significant amount of pain, then you should go to the ER.

Difficulty Breathing

One of the most common reasons for a visit to the emergency room is shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. The cause may not always be serious, but it is scary when you find it hard to breathe.

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