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i fell down stairs on my i cant sit down!

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ThatVikRinA22 Sun 04-Dec-11 17:21:20


i fell down stairs this morning, i slipped off a step near the top and bumped down about half way....

i could hardly move and felt sick with pain. Ive been sent home from work because driving was so painful i arrived in tears.

im taking ibuprofen but its not touching the pain.

any advice please?

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Fluffycloudland77 Sun 04-Dec-11 17:37:52

Go to A & E and get yourself checked over.

SantasNutellaFairy Sun 04-Dec-11 17:41:44

Get to and e. My friend fell over a bottle when drunk a few weeks ago and has broken her coccyx. She couldn't sit either.

ThatVikRinA22 Sun 04-Dec-11 17:50:37

cant go to a & e today, but ill go tomorrow if i still cannot sit. if it needs xray there is no xray dpt over weekend anyway - we only have a minor injuries dpt not a proper a &e.

i told dh i may have broken it but he just laughed at me, and said not to be stupid, that i will have just bruised myself.

god i hope its just bruised. what do they do for coccyx injuries anyway?

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FanjoForTheReindeerJumper Sun 04-Dec-11 17:53:28

painkillers and you have to stay off it

FanjoForTheReindeerJumper Sun 04-Dec-11 17:54:31

and you may well have broken it, so your DH shouldn't be laughing. Treatment for broken and bruised will be similar I think.

FanjoForTheReindeerJumper Sun 04-Dec-11 17:54:45

lie flat on your stomach on sofa as much as possible just now

OrmIrian Sun 04-Dec-11 17:56:11

Coccyx! Probably bruised. Ow ow owowowowo!

I did this about 7 years ago and boy did it hurt ? sad

Not wishing to worry you but I still get pain in that area from time to time.

SantasNutellaFairy Sun 04-Dec-11 17:57:35

seriously- get down there for first thing. At least they can give you stronger painkillers.

belgo Sun 04-Dec-11 18:00:38

Yes very painful. Effect on my pelvic floor was similar to giving birth. And like Ormirian, I still get pain every now again when I am sitting down.

You really have to rest, take painkillers and see a doctor asap. And hopefully your dh will stop laughingsad

ThatVikRinA22 Sun 04-Dec-11 18:00:59

thanks, i will go in the morning.

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aStarOverMangerways Sun 04-Dec-11 18:01:16

i did exactly that about 10 years ago and it still flares up now. all the muscles around my coccyx go into spasm and i am basically immobilised. in fact i've got an mri booked this month because it's been so bad lately.

so tell your dh to stop laughing and give you a lift to A&E! and yes, lie or stand in the meantime - don't sit.

AnyoneforTurps Sun 04-Dec-11 18:12:21

You don't need an xray if it's definitely a coccyx injury - we don't xray the coccyx because the only treatment is painkillers whether or not you have a fracture, and we try to avoid xrays to the pelvic area of women (to avoid zapping the reproductive organs). However, if you're in that much pain, it's worth getting a doctor to prod you to make sure it is just the coccyx that's injured and not other parts of the spine or pelvis.

If it's any satisfaction - your DH is wrong, you may well have broken it, but I'm afraid the only treatment is time, painkillers and a rubber ring to sit on! smile

ThatVikRinA22 Sun 04-Dec-11 22:09:52

defo coccyx...

just told dh he might be wrong and he has stormed off to bed. great support. angry

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SolidGoldVampireBat Sun 04-Dec-11 22:13:29

You have mullered your coccyx. You have my deepest sympathy as I did mine years ago (and have had aggro from it at intervals ever since). See a doctor, you might want heftier painkillers than can be got over the counter.

aStarOverMangerways Sun 04-Dec-11 22:15:39

Yes, co-codamol helped with mine (and were rather enjoyable, although I probably shouldn't say that as you're a policewoman grin).

RandomMess Sun 04-Dec-11 22:20:13

Did mine 2 years ago, took a year to get much better, only hurts a lot if I try and roll over it - doing sit ups etc.

Get thee to an osteopath aswell. It is probably misaligned and getting back to the correct position will help.

I don't think there is anyother treatment, time and painkillers is it.

I can still remember crying as I had to get myself in the car to drive home as it was so excrutiating!

SingingSands Sun 04-Dec-11 22:22:05

You have my utmost sympathy! I did exactly the same, 2 years ago, slipped down the stairs at 2am when I got up to get a drink of water. It was so sore I felt exactly like I was in labour - couldn't let DH touch me at all to help me and spent all night sobbing, hanging over the back of the sofa!

I managed to get some co-codamol tablets and they really helped in the first few days.

It was 2 years ago but I still have the occasional twinge, and it really knackered my pelvic floor - for about 6 months I couldn't do any floor exercises because it was too painful!

You poor thing, hope you can get some decent painkillers soon.

RandomMess Sun 04-Dec-11 22:27:53

Oh yes I'd forgotten about the pain of you know "bowl movements"

RandomMess Sun 04-Dec-11 22:28:09

"bowel" even!

droves Sun 04-Dec-11 22:36:42

Ouch , I did my coccyx when I was 8 month pg with dd3 ,( slipped and fell in bath onto a tap ) .

Couldn't sit for a week.

You need rubber ring , painkillers , and lots of tlc .

Go to a&e ....they have the good stuff ( strong pills )

ThatVikRinA22 Sun 04-Dec-11 22:56:28

thanks guys, will go and try to track down some decent pain killers - one thing i am not is a baby with pain but this had me in tears. (and ive had natural labour and a foot tattoo! this trumped them i have to say!)

i had come home from work and it was about 4am, i had left my coat on because it was cold in the house at that time and i decided to take it off and hang it up - i was trying to get it off as i walked down stairs and my feet just went from under me - it was bizarre really and i ve no idea how it happened, but i was very tired.

im going to stay up a while, im laid on my side on the sofa. bruising has come out now....nice shade of purple!

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droves Sun 04-Dec-11 23:59:04

Get some arnica from boots , gel is soothing and helps bruising and swelling to go fast. Sleep with pillow between legs to ease pressure whilst lying on side .

If all else fails put ice down your Knicks and numb it , or borrow a tens machine.

perfumedlife Mon 05-Dec-11 01:27:57

I did this many years ago, on ice and the pain got worse over days. Turns out the fall had pushed a hair inwards at the coccyx and it developed into a pilonidal absess, which poisoned my system. Had to have emergency surgery to drain it and then pack it for weeks by hand. Was worse than childbirth. IF you feel it start to swell in to a lump, have the hottest bath you can manage, with lots of salt in, to clean it. Sometimes thats enough to stop it developing.

FanjoForTheReindeerJumper Mon 05-Dec-11 03:06:00

Yes ice is really helpful, I hurt my coccyx having DD and the icepacks in the hospital really can use frozen peas

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