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I fell last week, now in more pain-need ideas

MaggiePMMaggieP Posts: 349
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Chronic Pain
A week ago, on Sept 9th, I woke up about 4:00am, needing to use the bathroom. I have a 3 1/2lb chihuahua, so to keep her corraled while I'm at work, I have a pet gate. Well, when I got up, sleepy and dopy (2 out of the 7 dwarfs :D ) I forgot the gate was there. I fell very hard on my tile floor, on my right hip. :''( By the time I got off work the next night, I couldn't raise my right leg enough to step up on the curb. After looking here, mayo clinic website, and talking to health decision coach, I spent the next 4 hrs at the ER getting X-rays of my pelvis & hip. The ER dr said it wasn't broken, and told me if it still hurt in 3-4 days to see my PCP. Fast forward to tonight, it still hurts. I can't lay on that side, hurts climbing stairs, etc. When the X-ray tech did the X-rays, he put me in one position called froggy. Laying on back, knees up, and legs relaxed out to the side. Severe pain! If I do that while laying in bed, it still causes the same pain. And walking hurts me more than usual too.

Could a fall like this have caused my bulging L4-5 to herniate worse? Could I have torn ligaments or tendons? (Not good on anatomy, I'm assuming there are tendons in hip, LOL)

I don't trust this hospital, but only one in area. They told my husband his MRI's looked good, 3 weeks before he was dx'ed with cancer of the lung, lymph nodes, 2 brain tumors, and spinal tumors. :(

I can't afford to go to my PCP, I have so many medical bills already, and haven't gotten the hospital bill yet. Just hoping for some ideas about what I might have done to myself. Any ideas guys & gals?




  • Hi Maggie,

    Sorry I don't have much to offer you, but maybe you just need time to heal. Taking a nasty fall on a tile floor is painful. Have you been using heat or ice, taking any meds? Resting?
    That's all I can think to suggest.
  • Sorry that you are in such a pickle at the moment. It is always a possibility that further herniation of the disc can occur with the trauma of falling like that. If that's the case, then I would say trying rest, anti-inflammatory meds and ice may be your best bet. If it doesn't get any better though, find a way to see your doc.

    I hope something works for you and soon.

  • Oh dear......I know what a fall can do to a "spiney" like us.
    I have to agree with "C" on what to do.
    I injured a shoulder in a fall and am using ice on it. It seems to help. My Doctor ordered PT for me and they also use ice.
    Good luck ...
    Sending a hug... >:D<
    Patsy W
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    or a trip as i just did sometimes causes jarring compression by a jolt. And that causes inflammation. Inflammation puts pressure on everything, especially your nerves.
    Too get the inflammation down I use ice, 20 min on and 30 min off. And a anti inflammatory. I do this as long as it takes until the pressure is off of the nerve or nerves.
    In my situation I couldn't get up from sitting kneeling or bending. Until the inflammation subsided.
    I hope this might help.
    Good luck, Jim
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    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
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