When To Call a Doctor Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if you have symptoms of a heart attack. These may include: Chest pain or pressure, or a strange feeling in the chest. Sweating. Shortness of breath. Nausea or vomiting. Pain, pressure, or a strange feeling in the back, neck, jaw, or upper belly, or one or both shoulders or arms. Lightheadedness or sudden weakness. A fast or irregular heartbeat.
After you call
911, the operator may tell you to chew 1 adult-strength or 2 to 4 low-dose aspirin. Wait for an ambulance. Do not try to drive yourself.
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Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if you have one or more of the following
signs of a stroke:
Sudden numbness, tingling, or weakness in
or an inability to move (paralysis) part or all of one side of the body (such
as the face, arm, and leg) Vision changes that come on suddenly,
such as dimness, blurring, double vision, or loss of vision in one or both
seizure Sudden difficulty speaking or
understanding speech Sudden nausea or vomiting A
sudden, severe headache, different from previous headaches, that occurs without
a known cause Sudden dizziness, clumsiness, staggering, or fainting
(loss of consciousness) Call a doctor immediately if
you: Are short of
breath. Have blood in your urine or are urinating less often and in
smaller amounts than usual. Have a fever over
100.5°F (38.1°C), with or
without headache and body aches, but you haven't recently been exposed to a
cold or the flu. Experience
depression or any changes in behavior or
thinking. Have numbness or tingling in the hands or
feet. Are dizzy or have muscle weakness. Have swelling
of the lower legs or feet.
Call a doctor as soon as possible if you develop any new
symptoms of lupus. Also call
your doctor if any symptoms that you have had for a period of time get
If you have not been diagnosed with lupus and you have
symptoms such as
joint pain, fatigue, or skin rashes, see your doctor or tell
your doctor about your concerns at your next medical appointment. Who to see
To evaluate initial symptoms and treat mild lupus, you
can talk with:
For long-term management of complicated lupus, talk
A rheumatologist. An
For more complicated cases of lupus, a rheumatologist is
usually the primary doctor. Other specialists are consulted as needed.
For mental health problems such as
depression, anxiety, psychosis, or other behavioral changes, see your family
medical doctor or internist, or a
psychiatrist. For the treatment of organ
problems, a doctor who specializes in diseases of that particular organ system
may work together with a rheumatologist or immunologist. The following
practitioners typically treat vital organ problems caused by lupus:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.