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First Med Urgent Care: Acid Reflux and Sore Throats

First Med Urgent Care: Dealing with Acid Reflux and Sore Throats

When you wake up in the morning with that coarse, sandpaper feeling in your throat, followed by annoying, awful soreness, you may first blame it on something like a cold or the flu. However, one thing you probably won’t blame is acid reflux but did you know that it can also cause sore throats? First Med Urgent Care is here to inform you about this common sore throat instigator that is often overlooked.

First, let’s get to know your esophagus. This muscular tube is what carries food from your mouth to the stomach and connects the throat to the stomach. Acid reflux is stomach acid coming up from your esophagus. Naturally, burning stomach acid coming up through the esophagus can also cause irritation in the throat.

So, how can you tell that your sore throat is being caused by acid reflux and not one of the other common causes of a sore throat?

Not everyone will have the same symptoms, but if you have one or more of the following on this urgent care checklist your sore throat might be from acid reflux:

  • You’re not running a fever, but you do have a sore throat
  • You have chronic hoarseness or wheezing
  • You have chest pain accompanied by pain in the neck, jaw, arms, or legs
  • You have shortness of breath, weakness, irregular pulse, or sweating
  • You have a dry cough
  • You have trouble swallowing
  • You feel as though there is a lump in your throat
  • You have extreme stomach pain

If you’ve tried over the counter solutions for more than two weeks and your throat is still feeling sore or you still have other symptoms indicative of severe acid reflux, then you need to see a doctor. Our First Med Urgent Care is available to help diagnose your symptoms every day of the week from 8 am to 7:30 pm. For faster service, we recommend checking in online, which can be done here.


Saving Time With First Med Urgent Care’s Online Check-In

Receive Urgent Care Quicker With Online Check-In

We’ve all heard the saying “time is of the essence”, right? Well, that fact of the matter is that when you’re a busy person (and doesn’t it seem as if we all are?) you just want to get in and out of the doctor’s office as quickly as possible. When you think of most doctor’s offices the first thing that may come to mind might be the horribly long wait times. First, you go and wait in the lobby, then you’re called back to wait in the back room, then you see the nurse, and finally after waiting a little longer you get to see the doctor. Sometimes, you’re left to wait even more before the visit is over. Guess what? All of that waiting can be eliminated at First Med Urgent Care.

Sure, on super busy days there may be a slight wait in the lobby, but in most cases our urgent care is able to get patients in and out in way less than one hour. By utilizing the online check-in feature on our website we’re even able to keep wait times down as low as 5 minutes or less! We’re thrilled to have read plenty of positive reviews from our patients praising us for this wonderful new feature and we hope to make you the next happy patient.

If you find yourself sick with the flu or any other minor illness or injury our urgent care is here to serve you! First Med Urgent Care has 6 convenient locations around the Metro area to accommodate patients from all around OKC and Edmond. We understand that your time is valuable and you want to make the most of it, so next time you’re heading our way for whatever ailment you may have consider checking in online first.

If you need to check-in to one of our locations, please follow this link. Drive safely and we’ll see you soon! Our urgent care staff will be happy to help you when you arrive.

Web Check In- First Med Urgent Care

Web Check In Coming Soon to a Clinic Near You!

First Med Urgent Care: Check in online

Gone are the days of finding your patient record from a floor to ceiling cupboard behind the receptionist desk. Big changes are here for First Med Urgent Care! As you know, we are always looking for ways to make your visit with us a great experience. We want to do all we can to be your number one choice for care. We want to be the place you come to with all of your medical needs.

No one likes to be sick or injured, but inevitably at some point, we all get sick, and eventually you might need of our services for some reason or another. We want to make sure that when that time comes, we will make your visit comfortable and the process seamless.

You may have noticed that our website has read, “Web check-in coming soon!” on the home page. We know that for those who are still a little gun shy when it comes to technology, you may be feeling a bit nervous, but have no fear, this is a good thing. Web check-in means less time in the waiting room and more time with our friendly staff ready to serve you.

We are implementing new software for urgent care clinics. The software we have acquired will streamline our back-end processes, making your stay more efficient.

“Web Check In” feature highlight:

The web check-in feature means that when you come into the clinic, we already have your paperwork up and ready to go. This mean, that if you are sick, you can even check-in while you are still in bed instead of filling out paperwork in our waiting room with all of our other patients. When you walk in, we already know what you need and what you are here for.

We cannot express just how excited we are about these changes and we hope that you will be too! Just visit our home page and click the link for the location of your choice. We will be adding our other 2 locations over the next 2 weeks.