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Carolynrose, May 15,  2020  8:45pm EST

Unsure Whether To Go To ER

I was getting a migraine @ work today. I didn't have my migraine medicine with me and a girl offered me Excedrin Migraine. I stupidly took it. A little later I started having palpitations, shortness of breath, was shaking, and was extremely light headed. I finished my shift somehow and went home. A few hours later, I still had the previously mentioned symptoms along with very frequent urination and nausea. I kept putting off going to the er because I felt like it was a reaction to the excedrin and hated to go to the er right now over something that may not be an emergency when the poor staff is already dealing with a pandemic. I finally drove to er but by the time I got there most of the symptoms were subsiding a bit. I sat in the parking lot for 30 minutes monitoring my heart rate & arrhythmias. My readings were much better so I am home now. I'm a bit weak and shaky and am still urinating very frequently. Did I do the right thing in coming home or should I have gone to ER? 

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  • NewPacer73
    NewPacer73, May 15,  2020  9:56pm EST

    That depends on so many factors. But I totally understand the dilemma. I think if I'm in danger, I have no choice. I have a pacemaker they can query to get data quickly. I would write the episode to your doctor or cardiologist who know your situation and get some guidance. I asked for it and now know what to look for in my case. This pandemic is a mess and cardiac situations are generally scary anyway. Really, especially during this pandemic, ask your doctor or cardiologist or both what they think. No one knows for sure what to do. It's incredibly frightening either way. Hugs from me to you and hopefully, this is a one time event. I have a list of things that help me decide, all created by a very trusted cardiologist. If you know ahead of time, it'll help you figure it out easier when strange symptoms show up. Hugs and I totally get what you are saying. How does one decide? It's based on doctors who know me and my medical history. Take care and keep us posted whenever you can. We really do care. A very common dilemma these days for all of us.

  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, May 16,  2020  10:51am EST

    Good morning, I know it can be so hard to know when to go and when not to go to the ER. I would stay that you do need to be checked out today, just to make sure. Do you have a regular cardiologist? It would be worth a call to the office and have at least a telemedicine discussion. I did a bit of googling and a UTI can cause some of your symptoms. So even if it's not a cardiac event, it could be a UTI, which definitely needs to be treated by a walk-in clinic if your cardiologist says the ER is not needed. 

    Please let us know how things are going and how you are doing today. Best Katie

  • Raindrop32
    Raindrop32, May 19,  2020  1:44pm EST

    Excedrin migraine has caffeine in it. How do you react to caffeine? I know that often cardiologists tell people with arrhythmias to avoid caffeine. I'm glad you're okay now.

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