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When to go to the ER

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 5, 2010
  • 10:39 PM

Last November I started having a lot of swelling in my legs and feet, I was having days on end where I couldn't stay awake and I was experiencing shortness of breath. I went to my PCP. He prescribed a diuretic and ordered a chest CT. Before I was able to have the CT, my insurance was cancelled (on long-term disability for another issue, company is at the point of playing every game they can).

In researching my symptoms online I determined that the most likely issue is congestive heart failure.

In addition, about 2 weeks ago, I started having "fluttery" feelings across my abdomen. More internet research, sounds like this may be abdominal aorta aneurysm.

So, my issue is - I have no insurance, don't qualify for Medicare or Medicaid, and definitely can't afford to have diagnostic tests done at my own expense. I know that if I wind up going to the ER I can probably get covered temporarily through Medicaid.

But................ at what point can I legitimately go to the ER? Even though I'm pretty much sitting around the house just waiting to have a heart attack, at the present time my symptoms are not majorly troubling. I still have some edema, I still have shortness of breath, I still have a lot of highly unnusual fatigue, and the fluttering is almost constant now. But, there's no pain anywhere.

What, in your opinions, would it take for me to be able to go to the ER and it be serious enough that they will actually keep me and do some diagnostics?

Thanks for any information/ideas you can provide.

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