I've seen a recurring theme in the Emergency Department in the winter months. Sure, regardless of the weather, people are going to have abdominal pain, and chest pain, and headaches; and little old ladies are forever going to be weak and dizzy, but there are some ED complaints that are certainly seasonal.
I'd like to provide you with some tips on avoiding the need to come in to see me at work.
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The CDC has pretty firm guidelines on when to use and when NOT to use antibiotics, and it has some tips on taking care of yourself when you do get sick. I've had PLENTY of people sit in the waiting room for a couple of hours to be seen for their cough, sore throat, sinus congestion, feeling achy for a few days complaints who then get upset that I don't prescribe antibiotics. Waiting for two hours does NOT translate into an indication for a Z-Pack, sorry. Of course, my caveat, pneumonia IS usually bacterial, and Strep throat is too, so, use some common sense to determine if you need to come to the ED or not, but either way, I strongly recommend that you start with your primary care provider.
Okay, so there you go. Next time, I'll provide some tips on getting a prescription for 120 Vicodin tablets, with 11 refills, and a work note all for 10 out of 10 chronic back pain.