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Hit buttock. Tailbone in pain. What can help subside pain?

Hi. This morning I was walking downstairs with my little boy in my arms to get his morning milk (he is right around 30 lbs). When I got to the last few steps (3 or 4 steps left) I fell. I hit my butt and my back. My tailbone hurts a lot now and when I fell I heard and felt my back pop numerous times (I would say at least 15-20 times) and now my upper to middle back is hurting and it is traveling around to the front and my rib cage is hurting. My husband is currently deployed to Afghanistan and he is worried about me. He keeps telling me to go get checked out but I don t know that I really need to. If I had to rate the pain on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the worst pain I ve ever felt) I would say a 6...MAYBE a 7. I would love to hear an expert opinion of if I should go get checked out or not or if it s just minor pain from the fall.
Asked On : Fri, 21 Sep 2012
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Infectious Diseases Specialist 's  Response
Hi there,
Welcome to HCM.
Back pain if persists even after medications definitely needs to be examined. I suggest you take pain killers preferably with muscle relaxants and apply analgesic application over the painful area for two days. Hot fomentation will also help. If it does not reduce then please get an Xray and get an orthopedic opinion. Thanks
Answered: Sun, 29 Sep 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. K. Naga Ravi Prasad's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

An xray of the injured area is necessary to rule out any bony injuries (fractures).

Propably you could have suffered soft tissue contusion involving the dorsolumbar spinal musculature.

The general treatment guidelines are as follows -

• Rest – Avoid any activity that produces pain for the first 48 to 72 hours after injuring yourself.
• Ice packing – for the first 48 to 72 hours after the injury. Apply ice wrapped in a damp towel to the injured area for 15 to 20 minutes every two to three hours during the day.
• Medications - Use Aleve or Advil which will help in reducing pain & inflammation
• Moist heat fomentation - after 48 hours of injury which help in relaxing the muscles and soft tissues.
Muscle relaxant gels - Gentle massaging of the painful areas with the gels will provide pain relief.

If your symptoms are relieving with the above measures, consult an orthopedic surgeon for further management .

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Sun, 29 Sep 2013
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