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Q: At what point should you go to the hospital

I have just been diagnosed with Asthma and I am an athlete. For the last 3 days, my chest has been quite tight, but after my soccer game today, my chest is very sore and I have a headache that won't go away. I don't see the Dr. for another couple days and have not yet been started on any medication. Could I be pre-serious attack, and at what point should I go to the hospital, if at all??

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Kathi MacNaughton, Health Pro
2/ 1/09 1:56pm

Hi there Soccermom,

 

I am concerned that you were diagnosed with asthma, but not put on treatment of any kind. That doesn't seem right. A headache is not typical with asthma, though, so that may be related to something else, unless it is just tied to the stress of not being able to breathe adequately. I think I would at least call the doctor and ask if a prescription can be called into your pharmacy for you to use until you see him/her.

 

As far as going to the hospital, that's a tough call, but if you begin to have severe diffiulty breathing, don't wait. The worse that can happen is that they send you home again. Asthma attacks can accelerate quite quickly sometimes, so you don't want to get out of control, with no avenue for treatment at home.

 

When in doubt, though, call your doctor!

 

To your health,

Kathi

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JB, Editor
2/ 4/09 11:49am

Kathy is 100% right soccermom.

 

Also, check out Rick Frea's post about 5 Signs It's Time to Go to the ER for Asthma.

It's not uncommon for asthmatics to be hesitant to get treatment immediately for asthma symptoms (especially adult asthmatics). Don't be a martyr, if your symptoms are that troublesome, get medical help immediately.

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