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.