I'm not one of those people who can pretend I'm ok when I'm not. The longer I have the pain w no relief the worse my mood and attitude. I don't mean it personally I used to be a happy carefree person before I injured my back l3 and l5 now l4 is involved since I slipped on the ice and landed full force on the edge of stone steps with my spine one inch from where the injury was. The force of impact split off a splinter of a bone which lodged in my lower left buttocks/hip area. my hip swelled up the size of a basketball. no lie, normally it is flat as a pancake. I lie on the ground w it lightly snowing for a half hour before i tried to stand up. Everything started spinning and the pain was so severe I thought I would pass out as I got shaky and clammy and dizzy all at once. I lay back on the ground, made 2 more attemps before i could pull myself up and into the house grabbing an icebag on my way to my bed where I collapsed after putting the ice on the injury. My phone is not in my bedroom. i was in too much pain to try to get up to call an ambulance. I tried a few times and each time I stood up I felt like I would pass out. I had a water next to my bed and some advil i took those and the pain only got worse. luckily i had snacks in my drawer cuz I could not walk for days. I had puppy pads nearby so i used those. by the 3rd day i could walk. I was bruised black and blue w shades of yellow all over a 3 ft area of my back hip and side. I took pics of the injury but because I didn't go to the hospital I think thats why they never gave me pain meds. i couldn't get to the phone! So now i suffer horribly and wonder what did I do to deserve this? I always helped people and rescued animals. now when I'm hurt no one helps me.