Twice in my life I have gone to Urgent Care. They have their place and I'm sure are a wonderful service for other people - but not for me. I will never go back.
About four years ago I woke up on the morning of a road trip to Utah not feeling very good. I was driving up with my new boyfriend, we were going to hang out with his family for a bit and then up to Logan to hang with mine. We took off at about 3pm and I slept the whole way to Orem. That's about 12 or 13 hours. We got to his mom's house early the next morning and proceeded to go to bed....I then slept until 11am. At this point I hadn't eaten anything for about 24 hours.
That afternoon we went up to Hyrum to visit my family. My mom made my favorite meal and I couldn't eat any of it :( The next day I still hadn't eaten anything and I had slept almost constantly. My mom took me to an urgent care where I was diagnosed with having ulcers. The doctor gave me some antacids or something and sent me home.
When we got back to San Diego a few days later and I still wasn't feeling well but I had to go back to work. After basically collapsing at work I was rushed to the ER by my boyfriend where they determined I had mono, pharyngitis and was severely dehydrated. Thanks Hyrum urgent care doctor. By the way - mono is no fun! It's not just sleeping and hanging around your house like I used to think.
Last Friday I went to the urgent care in Springville after having a fever and a very painful cough for a few days. I'm not some hypochondriac who goes to the doctor for every skinned knee so I hope that clears up any questions of how sick I was feeling. The doctor basically spent about 3 minutes with me, dismissed it as being a viral infection and gave me a prescription for a cough syrup.
Finally, yesterday I was so sick of being sick that I went to the ER. I was almost out of that cough syrup without any improvement and I was to my breaking point. Come to find out, I have bronchitis and now have 3 different medications to help me get rid of it.
I will never, ever go back to an urgent care. My 2 experiences have been awful! It's like they don't care! They have diagnosed me with very minor illnesses that have then only worsened and ended me up in the ER with a much more serious diagnosis.