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Tuesday, October 06, 2009 kirstenannlynch, Community Member, asks

Q: BAD fall - hit back while falling down stairs

I slid and fell down the stairs this morning.  I flew up in the air, bounced off the first stair (apparently through my coffee in the air) after hitting my back on the first stair.  I heard a crack.  I slid down the other two stairs, ended up kind of on my right side with my left arm behind my back.  I could not feel a thing, I could not move.  I just knew I had broken my back.  I blacked out a bit, it kind of felt like a concussion, with the nausea and ears ringing.   Then, I felt the PAIN and I realized I was having trouble breathing.  I could not move the arm behind me or feel it for that matter.  I could not tolerate anyone touching or talking to me.  I almost summoned a call to 911, but my kids were freaking out, and I did not want them to be worried.  So, I waited to see if I would recover.

About 15 minutes later, I could stand up and get on with things.  But, I am in pain.  Mostly between my shoulder blades where I hit, my arms, and my ribs.  I cannot take a full breath without discomfort.  The tingling in my hands is going away.

I know I probably just got the wind knocked out of me and I'm probably just really bruised - like being hit by a linebacker.

But, I thought I would toss it out there for feedback.  I don't want to make an unnecessary trip to the ER.  But, I also don't want to make something worse by ignoring it.

Thanks for opinions.

btw - I just realized that I am in a forum for chronic pain.  I don't know if I can find answers here.  I do live with two recurring bulging discs in my neck.  So, maybe your answers will help me avoid having to live with more pain after this fall.

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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
10/ 6/09 12:26pm

I would definitely suggest going to the ER, especially since you heard a crack and are having difficulty breathing without pain.  Your spine is incredibly important and it's just not worth taking chances on long-term pain or worse. 


Please let us know what you find out and how you're doing.

infinityfx, Community Member
2/16/11 8:56am

I have 4 disc that need to be replaced, a bulging disc, sciatia, degenerative disc disease, periformis snydrome,  etc.  I have taken the stronger medications, fentenyl, morphone, etc and refuse to take them again on a regualar basis.  Darvocet worked great for me when I needed a little help dealing with the pain.  I have tried the Ultram, which simply does not work and the Ultracet, which makes me very ill.  Do you have any reccomendations to try so that my quality of life can go back up, PLEASE???????









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By kirstenannlynch, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/11/11, First Published: 10/06/09