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Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
Thank you for your very extensive post.
While you are correct that your condition is not an "emergency" like, say, a heart attack would be, it is still an emergency to you.
As such, I agree with your roommate: It is entirely appropriate for you to go to the ER with this issue since it is causing you so much distress and discomfort.
Make sure to bring your medication with you so that the ER MD can have a look at it.
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