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PLEASE HELP!! im a 23yr old mom w/ previous back issues & just fell back first onto concrete stairs?

gmak0318ggmak0318 Posts: 1
edited 01/13/2015 - 3:47 PM in Lower Back Pain
okay, so any help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED. I obviously know that going to the emergency room would be my best bet, but I am a single mom with a teething 10 month old who also happens to have a severe ear infection, so at this point its really not one of thee best option for today (not saying further in the week is out of the question). okay so enough blabbing. My name is Tiff, im 23, and I'm a CNA working third shifts at an alzheimer/dementia facility which I LOVE. Considering I'm also a nursing student, it seems like a dream come true..except my job requires extreme bouts of heavy lifting and is problematic considering I have always had pretty severe back/neck/hip pain prior and currently found out much ado to the CT & MRI scans meant to locate my kidney stones (my medical history is ridiculous, I literally have thee worst luck when it comes to illness/injuries) that my back pain is actually from protruding discs L5-S1 & Herniated Discs L2-L5; possible SI Joint Dysfunction & Possible Facet & Rheumatoid Arthritis, & Last but certainly not least CHRONIC SEVERE CERVICAL & LUMBAR PAIN almost 24/7, A couple weeks ago I was lifting a resident and ended up putting my lower back out resulting in the exciting 8 hour e.r. visit, saw the PCP &because of my chronic pain, was finally referred to a Pain Management Clinic in town. Things were finally looking up, my son is incredible, I have my dream job, & my spring semester starts today (1/13/2015), So, enough of my background history, basically today I was helping my mom move file boxes from the basement upstairs and back down again. This particular trip back down to the basement, I was carrying a hefty 57lb box \and as luck would have it (RIGHT BEFORE my first class starts) on the second stair I slipped, went airborne for a split second, and landed directly on the corners of the CONCRETE staircase, right on the middle of my spine (probably around T9-L2) & hitting my neck bone that already sticks out quite significantly right in the middle. At first I was too shocked to scream/cry, but assumed it was because of my regularly prescribed pain regimen that it didn't hurt that badly.. i couldnt have been more wrong. about an hour later here i am, finally laying in bed with the heating pad and pillows supporting my back and neck, deathly afraid of going to sleep/waking up due to the fact that injuries almost ALWAYS hurt significantly more after rest. Not to mention I am scheduled to work third shift tonight starting at 11pm, and it is about 5pm now. Anyone experience something similar?? I realize steps are infamous for back injuries, but if you've gone through this, what was the end result? at the moment I am in pretty intense pain, I'd say 9, but my normal pain is average 7-9.5 so between normalizing the pain & coping paired with my medicine I took shortly after the fall, I dont see much of a difference. My elbow is a bloodybruised/skinned massacre and my neck feels abnormally stiff but thats about it. Any suggestions?? I know I am writing a novel, but I think I am more afraid and scared of the pain/consequences to follow than i am in pain and worried about the here and now. I dont know what I am going to do because of me being a single mother with a child that depends solely upon me and my presence. ughhhh, im a bawling, emotional wreck right now, my mother thankfully has my son so i can recoop for the time being, but is it a bad and absolute prohibited question to ask if picking my son up/going to work tonight is going to make things worse? what do you think it could possibly be? i have theeee worst headache imaginable & im just praying its just sore (im bruised black and blue already setting in from my neck to my tailbone in big blotches). Any suggestions/comments/concerns/advice & stories that will finally make me stop panicking and relax would be incredible. Please and thankyou!!!!!! Bless you all! :( :(
*Protruding Disc L5-S1; Herniated Disc L2-L5; Possible Facet Joint Arthritis & Possible Sacro-Illiac Joint Dysfunction; Chronic Cervical & Lumbar Pain* *Grayson's Mommy <3*


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I am so sorry no one has responded to you yet but you may not like the answer I give you. It's many days too late to tell you to use ice not heat for the first 48 of a new injury. Do not pick up heavy stuff. Get a new passion, job that does not require you to lift unless you want to end up paralyzed! You have a child that depends on you, a horrible medical history because of luck or poor judgement (57 lb boxes when you have spine health and pain issues)! You are not indestructible.
    Get to a ortho or spine specialist right away! You child needs a healthy mother regardless of what temporary restrictions you will have better than permanent ones.
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