Symptoms of an emergency can vary based on your condition. Learn more about the warning signs for each type of condition:

If you’re experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency, call 911 immediately.


  • Chest pain
  • Weakness
  • Sweating
More Warning Signs


  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
More Warning Signs


  • Headache
  • Confused
  • Numbness
More Warning Signs


  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Sudden coughing
More Warning Signs


No one expects a medical emergency. When the unexpected happens, you might not know what level of care you need. Understanding the difference between urgent care services and an ER can help get you or your loved one the right treatment fast.

If you have sudden symptoms or a serious injury, going to your nearest ER is always the best choice. For serious conditions, you need the attention of experienced board-certified physicians and ER nurses only found at an emergency room. They’re equipped to treat:

  • Broken bones
  • Chest pain
  • Deep lacerations
  • Head injuries, including concussions
  • Heart palpitations
  • Signs of a stroke
  • Serious burns
  • Sudden and severe back pain
  • Thoughts of suicide or self-inflicted harm

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Urgent care centers, or walk-in clinics, treat sudden conditions that aren’t necessarily medical emergencies. Remember, they’re not equipped to deal with the same kinds of conditions emergency rooms are capable of treating. Common reasons to go to an urgent care:

  • Allergy symptoms
  • Bladder infections or UTIs
  • Bug bites and stings
  • Flu or cold symptoms
  • Coughs, sore throats and strep throat
  • Cuts, bruises and minor burns
  • Ear and eye infections
  • Sinus infections
  • Skin conditions (such as acne, eczema, hives, poison ivy, rashes and scabies)

Through CareSpot, we offer convenient urgent care locations across Middle Tennessee.

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While your Primary Care Provider (PCP) may offer same day sick exams and treatment for minor injuries and illnesses, they specialize in routine services to help keep you healthy and proactively manage your health:

  • Preventative services
  • Physicals
  • Immunizations
  • Lab Tests
  • Joint Injections
  • Allergy symptoms
  • Bladder infections or UTIs
  • Bug bites and stings
  • Flu or cold symptoms
  • Coughs, sore throats and strep throat

If you have a chronic condition, your PCP is a valuable partner to address all your concerns. They’ll help you know when your symptoms are normal or if they could indicate an emergency.

Find a Doctor Near You


In an emergency, Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center is here for you. With short ER wait times, we strive to provide the highest quality of care, as quickly as possible in your community. Our ER is equipped for serious emergencies like heart attack or stroke and our teams are specially trained to provide the fastest treatment possible.


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