Urgent care? ER?
September 23, 2011 6:17 AM Subscribe
Urgent care? ER? Where am I supposed to go? I don't have a doctor here (Fairfax County, VA). I'm clueless. I got the flu last weekend but am still experiencing symptoms, including a new one - a burning hot pain in the pit of my stomach.
posted by windbox to health & fitness (24 answers total)
I got the flu (or something like it) last weekend with aches and pains all over with a 101 degree fever. By Monday this week I was feeling well enough to go back to work, but still not 100%.
It's been exactly 7 days now and I still am feeling some of the less threatening flu-like symptoms: tired all the time, slightly weak, extremely depressed/lethargic, loss of appetite. and feeling some flu-y/achy malaise in the mornings that slowly dissipates throughout the day.
And now a new symptom has arrived as of 2am this morning - a hot, searing pain in the pit of my stomach. If I take TUM's it subsides about 75% for a few hours, but when it's full force it's extremely painful. I'm at work now and when the pain was full on it was absolutely distracting.
I'm not asking askmetafilter to diagnose me because I'm sure it could be hundreds of things and YANMD, etc.
What I do know is I need to see a doctor ASAP, probably get blood drawn, and get whatever other vital tests/checks/scans. Do I have to find a doctor and make an appt? Won't that take a few days? Should I visit an urgent-care clinic? Are those places legit? What about the ER - are my problems big enough for that? I seriously have no clue. I really don't want to wait any longer/wait out the weekend since I've been waiting out the week as it is.
I'm considering just leaving work early to find some medical help asap but have no clue where to turn or if that's appropriate given my symptoms.