so a few days ago i was walking on a wet concrete floor and slipped. i halfway caught myself but still hit the ground pretty hard. at the time i didn't think anything of it. in the following days i have had these symptoms in chronological order.
night of the injury: back pain, similar to that of regular "i slept funny or something"
next morning: my tail bone or something in my very lowest lower back protruding just under the skin. located just above my "crack"
following day: very centralized redness in a circle surrounding the protruding bone. with some slight swelling
this morning: ok here's where it gets gross. the skin seemed to have a small scab like spot. where the bone protrudes the most. which then opened in the shower and a mixture of blood and some sort of puss is coming out. also it should be noted that this combination is probably one of the most foul smelling things i have ever smelled.
incidentally since opening, there is a significant drop in the amount of pain i feel. the protrusion seems to have gone down a little. could have just been the swelling is gone but i'm still out of whack. i've got an appointment to see a chiropractor tomorrow because i've got a credit with him. but as i am a touring musician i have no health insurance and can't afford a medical doctor or hospital visit.
have i broken my back? am i being irresponsible by not heading to the E.R. right now? will i be safe to find those things out from a chiropractor tomorrow morning?
just thought i'd throw this out there. its all kind of freaking me out a little.
also i'm pretty much fine in terms of mobility. tylenol keeps pain at bay. and im just moving a little gingerly now. nothing debilitating but i also have sort of a high threshold for pain.