When to Visit the ER if you’re Feeling Weak

You’ve probably experienced feelings of weakness at one time or another, and especially when you’re tired, hungry or sick. But when does a feeling of weakness cross the threshold from a condition that can be managed at home to a concern that needs emergency care? 

If you’re not sure whether to visit an ER if you’re feeling weak, consider these guidelines. 

If You Have These Symptoms, You May Require Emergency Care

Weakness in certain areas of the body may indicate a larger, more serious problem. If you are experiencing weakness in the face, or weakness or numbness on one side of the body, you should visit the nearest emergency department immediately as these signs may indicate that you are having a stroke. Other signs of stroke include: 

  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion
  • Drooping in the face 

An emergency department visit may also be necessary if you have a feeling of weakness throughout the entire body that is accompanied by these symptoms. 

  • Associated fatigue
  • Fever
  • High heart rate (heart is racing)
  • Low blood pressure 

If You Have These Medical Conditions, You May Require Emergency Care

For individuals with certain medical histories, feelings of weakness may signify a more serious issue. If you have any of these medical conditions and are feeling weak, you should visit an emergency department. 

  • History of anemia
  • Patients in chemotherapy treatment
  • Diabetes