You’ve probably experienced feelings of weakness at one time or another, like when you’re tired, hungry or sick. But when does a feeling of weakness cross the threshold? 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 ER 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 ER visit may also be necessary if you have a feeling of weakness throughout the entire body that is accompanied by:

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

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

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 ER.

  • History of anemia
  • Patients in chemotherapy treatment
  • Diabetes

HCA West Florida has 20 full-service ERs, conveniently located along Florida’s West Coast. Our hospitals are leaders in improving ER processes to enhance patient care and reduce wait times.