Hey there, I know you are fairly new to the boards so before this thread goes any futher you may want to review a couple of past threads that were dedicated to this topic. We are very intune to what health anxiety is and if some people do not seem to be that is the minority. We support all the anxieties in this forum and no one anxiety disorder is more improtant or less important then the naxt one.
Just click on the links and you will be surprised at the amount of support given to HA. The links are for HA Part One and Part Two.
If your dealing with obsessive thoughts of death and dying I would encourage you to seek out professional help from a therapist or Psychiatrist who specializes in Obsessive thoughts disorder. It sounds like the pain and suffering you are having from these obsessive thoughts are difficult for you to explain. This is not an uncommon condition and is very treatable.
You can feel safe and happy with the proper care. Let the people who love you know you want their support, even though they may not understand what you are going through.
As far as using urgent care facilities, Urgent Cares offer convenient walk-in medical clinics with providers who are available during specific hours to treat any non-life-threatening illness or injury that needs immediate attention. Urgent care is a timely health care solution for families and individuals of all ages, including those who can't get in immediately to see their primary care doctor, are visiting from out of town or are new to the area and currently don't have a doctor. Patients who do not have a life-threatening condition can save time and money by using Urgent Care as an alternative to the emergency room, where waiting times are on the rise.
If an urgent care provider assesses your need for emergency care they will triage you on to a higher level of care.
I hope this helps you in making decisions about where to look for immediate help with your fearful thoughts re your real pain and sx you may be having.
Presenting to the ER is always a choice you must make for yourself if you feel you have a true emergency.
Health & Happiness,
Post Edited (melodee) : 7/19/2009 8:24:11 AM (GMT-6)
Good Morning All,
I would like to put this into some kind of perspective for all.
It is a fact that Emergency room patients seeking treatment for chest pain were more likely to suffer adverse cardiovascular outcomes when the facilities were crowded, researchers have documented. Events such as cardiac arrest, delayed myocardial infarction, and death were more common when waiting room censuses and total ER patient care hours were at a peak.
In the emergecy room it is all about urgency. The following is from the policy/procedure in our Emergency Department.
Critically ill patients are always seen before patients with less serious problems.
The National Triage Scale helps us to identify the critically ill patients and treat them ahead of patients with less serious problems.1 Immediate Resuscitation 2 Emergency 3 Urgent 4 Semi-urgent 5 Non-urgent
The number of such critically ill patients presenting to the Emergency Department may vary greatly each day, and in a manner which is unable to be predicted. As a result, the waiting time may vary depending on the seriousness of your medical condition and how many critically ill patients are presenting to the Emergency Department.
When you arrive in the Emergency Department, you will meet the Triage nurse who will assess your condition by taking a brief history and measure your vital signs.
The task of the triage nurse is to ensure that patients with urgent medical conditions are attended to promptly. To do this, the triage nurse assesses the urgency associated with each patients medical problem and assigns each patient a category according to the National Triage scale.
You will be assigned a triage category following assessment by the triage nurse.
The use of triage means patients are attended to according to medical need and urgency.
The triage nurse will provide you with an information sheet regarding the Department and will inform you of the triage category assigned to you.
It should be remembered that your triage category is relative to the degree of severity of all types of illnesses or injuries.
We hope you will understand that patients in more urgent categories need to be seen before those in less urgent categories.
We are sure that if you were having a serious heart attack you wouldn't want to wait for treatment because the doctor was attending to another patient's sprained ankle!
We try to attend to your medical needs as soon as possible, however when the emergency department is busy, we may need to attend to a patient with life threatening or limb threatening problems before we can attend to your needs.
Anyone who presents to the ER is entitled to an medical screening exam to determine if they have an acute emergency. You will be seen and evaluated but ER physicians are not primary care physicians or Psychiatrists so you may consider utilizing the Urgent Cares Services if they are available in your community.
Please do not worry all day about a problem when you can go to a walk in clinic, or call your physician. You must choose when to go to the ER as only you know yourself best. If you are having a mental health crisis and feel you are in danger, do seek help immediately.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Post Edited (stkitt) : 7/19/2009 10:06:50 AM (GMT-6)