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 

HealthONE has 12 full-service emergency departments in the Denver metro area, so you’re certain to find an ER that is close to home and able to help you. Our hospitals strive to beat the national average wait time, so you can get quick access to high-quality emergency medical care.

ERs in Metro Denver


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Emergency Room Care / Denver ERs

The Medical Center of Aurora
Saddle Rock ER 
Centennial Medical Plaza
North Suburban Medical Center
North Suburban Northeast ER
North Suburban Northwest ER
Presbyterian / St. Luke's Medical Center
Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL
Rose Medical Center
Sky Ridge Medical Center
Swedish Medical Center
Swedish Southwest ER