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Lower back pain post fall, temporary relief with hot pads. Help?

Hi, My name is Shawana. I recently fell down my stairs about 3-4 days ago. I did not experience any pain after I fell. I woke up Saturday morning with lower back pains. I am continuing to have the back pain and I am not feeling well. I feel ill along with the pain. I have been taking pain medicine and using hot pads to get only temporary relief. What is wrong with me? email. YYYY@YYYY
Asked On : Thu, 20 Dec 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
hello shawana..
sorry for your pain ..but it happens commonly and a little late we come to knw of this back pain after we fall ..
its only 3-4 days and ur already on medicines..but u need to take complete rest for atleast 2-3 wks for ur pain to relieve completely..
better u go for an x-ray to an orthopaedician and then take rest completely,,if ur work demands u to move ,, then ur doc will give you abdominal belt to keep ur back immobile for giving it rest..
hope your pain vanishes soon,,.dont worry..take care..
Answered: Fri, 21 Dec 2012
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Emergency Medicine Specialist Dr. R.A. Singh's  Response
Hi Shawana,
Thanks for writing your query.

The back pain you are experiencing seems to be muscular in origin due to soft tissue injury.
It usually take some days for complete relief. In addition to pain killer, take muscle relaxant also like Tizanidine. It will help in relaxing the injured muscle. Continue doing hot fomentation and apply some pain relieving gel after hot fomentation. Take medicines under medical supervision only.

If the problem persists, get a MRI of your back done and get yourself examined by an Orthopedician.
Giving rest to the injured part, speeds up the process of healing.

I hope this is helpful to you.
Answered: Thu, 20 Dec 2012
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