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When should I seek immediate help if I am obese?

If you are obese, seek immediate help or call 911 if:

  • you have a rash, hives, swelling, itchy skin or trouble breathing after starting a new medicine
  • after starting a new medicine, you have abdominal pain, yellow skin, dark-colored urine or light-colored stools
  • after starting a new medicine, you have blood in your urine or new back pain
  • you feel like you cannot cope with your life any more
  • you have sudden and new abdominal pain or nausea and vomiting

     

    Call 911 or an ambulance if you have any signs of a stroke, which may happen suddenly:

     

  • weakness or numbness in your arm, leg, or face (may be on only one side of your body)
  • confusion and problems speaking or understanding speech
  • a very bad headache that may feel like the worst headache of your life
  • not being able to see out of one or both of your eyes
  • feeling too dizzy to stand

     

    Call 911 or an ambulance if you have any signs of a heart attack:

     

  • discomfort in the center of your chest that feels like squeezing, pressure, fullness, or pain, that lasts for more than a few minutes or keeps returning
  • discomfort or pain in your back, neck, jaw, stomach, or one or both of your arms
  • feeling sick to your stomach
  • having trouble breathing
  • a sudden cold sweat, particularly in combination with chest discomfort or trouble breathing
  • feeling very lightheaded or dizzy, particularly in combination with chest discomfort or trouble breathing

     

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.