Ambulance Paramedics and Emergency Department medics willingly tell patients that the sooner they get a diagnosis so treatment can begin the faster they'll recover, and the better their outcome.
They are not referring only to heart attacks and other life-threatening events. Recovery from anything ranging from a common cold, skin infection, and subtle unexplained dizziness to diffuculty breathing, dibilitating weakness, chest pain, falls, and obvious illnesses and injuries all respond best when assessed and treated promptly'
Delay often leads to requiring more extensive treatment than if the patient visited their doctor, an urgent care center, or a hospital emergency department as soon as possible.
It's human nature to deny illness, and to rationalize reasons to wait and see. Also, injuries such as a blow to the head, or a stumble that results in bumping into something, or falling, can be serious even when the victim is able to regain their balance and doesn't seem to have hurt themselves.
In many seemingly minor injuries, pain often doesn't set in for 12-24 hours, but during that time. especially in head injuries, tissues can swell and begin resticting normal blood flow, and even lead to a death that could have been prevented
Don't delay ~ seek immediate medical help.