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    Check Your Symptoms

    Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:

    • You have chest pain or pressure. This may occur with:
      • Sweating.
      • Shortness of breath.
      • Nausea or vomiting.
      • Pain that spreads from the chest to the neck, jaw, or one or both shoulders or arms.
      • Dizziness or lightheadedness.
      • A fast or uneven pulse.
      After calling 911, chew 1 adult-strength aspirin. Wait for an ambulance. Do not try to drive yourself.
    • Your arm or hand is cool or pale or changes color.

    Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

    • You have signs of infection, such as:
      • Increased pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in your shoulder.
      • Red streaks leading from a place on your shoulder.
      • Pus draining from an area of your shoulder.
      • Swollen lymph nodes in your neck, armpits, or groin.
      • A fever.

    Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

    • You cannot use your shoulder.
    • Your shoulder does not get better as expected.
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    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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