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When should I go to the emergency room for my chronic condition?

If you have a chronic condition, you should go to the emergency room for anything that is considered a life-threatening situation (like chest pain or sudden and severe pain). For less severe matters that still require immediate attention, if you can’t get in to see your primary care doctor, going to an urgent care facility can save you time and money.

When you’re being treated for a chronic disease or condition, it may not always be easy to decide where to go for care. Even if you require emergency or urgent care for your health situation, it’s always best to have a relationship with a primary care doctor who knows your history and understands what is happening with your health over time.

Trinity Health is a Catholic health care organization that acts in accordance with the Catholic tradition and does not condone or support all practices covered in this site. In case of emergency call 911. This site is educational and not a substitute for professional medical advice, always seek the advice of a qualified health care provider.

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