Weakness after a long day of work or significant physical activity is common to everyone. However, there are times when these feelings of weakness can indicate something more serious, such as a stroke, and may require a visit to the ER. You know your body better than anyone. If you sense something is seriously wrong, visit an Aurora ER immediately. 

See the section below for symptoms and situations associated with weakness that may necessitate emergency care.

When to go to the ER for weakness – symptoms and conditions

When muscle weakness is experienced in certain areas of the body, a more serious issue may be at hand. If you or someone you know is experiencing weakness of the face or numbness or weakness on one side of the body, seek emergency treatment immediately as this may be indicative of a stroke. 

A stroke occurs when the blood flow to the brain is interrupted, causing damage to the brain. If you notice any of the following stroke symptoms occurring with you or a loved one, call 911 immediately:  

  • Drooping or sagging of the face
  • Confusion or lack of comprehension
  • Difficulty speaking or slurred speech
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Coordination issues
  • Numbness or weakness
  • Sudden vision loss or impairment
  • Paralysis on one side of the body

An emergency room visit may also be required if you or a loved one experiences weakness accompanied by the following symptoms: 

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Low blood pressure
  • Fever
  • High heart rate/racing heart

For individuals with the following medical conditions, a trip to the ER may be required as weakness can indicate a more serious issue: 

  • History of anemia
  • Diabetes
  • Patients in chemotherapy treatment

Aurora emergency room care

The Medical Center of Aurora’s ER is fully staffed with board-certified emergency physicians and houses a Level II trauma center, stroke center and cardiac center of excellence, so you’re certain to find care for your weakness concerns. Our Aurora hospital nursing staff is Magnet-certified and emergency nurses hold certified emergency nursing certification. With our commitment to rapid attention for all patients, you are certain to access high-quality care quickly.