Bad Fall - Hit Back While Falling Down Stairs

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Asked by kirstenannlynch

Bad Fall - Hit Back While Falling Down Stairs

I slid and fell down the stairs this morning. I heard a crack when I hit the stair, and I slid down the rest of the staircase. I blacked out a little and couldn't feel anything, and I could not move for a moment. The pain was so bad soon after that I couldn't breathe.

About 15 minutes later, I could stand up and get on with things. But I am still in pain, mostly between my shoulder blades, my arms, and my ribs. I cannot take a full breath without discomfort. The tingling in my hands is going away. I'd rather not go to the ER. Should I just wait it out and see if it gets worse?

Answer

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. You may have cracked a rib or done some other damage that will not heal without support.

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