How do I know when I should go to the ER or wait until the clinic opens to see you?

That’s a great question and one we hear a lot. Let me give you a few guidelines to go by. If at any time you are feeling the symptoms of a heart attack, stroke, or feel like life or limb are in danger go to the nearest ER or call 911.
Here are some additional warning signs and conditions that may also warrant a trip to the ER:
• Chest pain or pressure
• Uncontrolled bleeding
• Sudden or severe pain
• Coughing/vomiting blood
• Severe allergic reaction
• Difficulty breathing
• Sudden dizziness/weakness
• Severe persistent vomiting /diarrhea >48 hours
• Changes in mental status, confusion that is sudden
Here is some potential non-life threatening conditions that should you choose could potentially wait until the clinic opens.
• Minor cuts requiring stitches
• Sprains
• Simple fractures
• Minor Eye injuries
• Flu symptoms
• Fever
• Insect bites
While some illnesses make us uncomfortable and downright miserable, they are not life threatening. We are always here to help the residents of Lost River and beyond, but just be mindful of what a true emergency is; and what can wait until the morning. And as always, if you are just unsure what to do, don’t hesitate to come it. We will be glad to help you on your way to recovery and better health.

At what age should you get a colonoscopy and why?

Beginning at the age of 50, both men and women should receive a colonoscopy to screen for polyps and colon cancer. Colon and rectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and it most often occurs in people over the age of 50.   When colon cancer is found early it can be treated and often cured, however it is usually not found early and therefore is the second leading course of cancer deaths in the United States. A colonoscopy screening can detect early colon cancer and is recommended even if you have no symptoms and no family history of colon cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that you have a screening colonoscopy beginning at age 50 and if you have a family history of colon cancer you may need to be screened earlier starting at the age of 40. Please feel free to talk to your primary health care provider about colonoscopies and other preventative screenings at your next appointment.


When having chest pain how do I determine if I need to be medically treated?

Dear 50+ with chest pain,

To answer your question it is important to note that chest pain which is: pain, pressure, tightness burning or other discomforts, can be an indicator of a potential serious cardiac or cardiovascular disorder. There are many areas that pain may originate from, such as the skin, ribs, intercostal muscles, pleura, esophagus, heart, aorta, diaphragm or thoracic vertebrae. Therefore, it is important to have chest pain evaluated by a primary healthcare provider to determine the source of the chest pain.