When to seek immediate medical care

Seek emergency help if:

  • Sudden onset
  • Follows recent head injury
  • Involves an entire arm or leg
  • Weakness, paralysis, or difficulty talking
  • Confusion or dizziness
  • Sudden, severe headache

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • Begins or worsens gradually
  • Affects both sides of body
  • Comes and goes
  • Seems related to certain tasks or activities, particularly repetitive motions
  • Affects only a part of a limb, such as toes or fingers

Last Updated May 25, 2018

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