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post #1 of 32 Old 08-11-2020, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Ow, I fell

I had a decent fall today. Apparently I landed on my butt first (per the giant hole in the seat of my pants ) but then my back, and my back is what hurts. I took two ibuprofen and am icing it. I seem to recall that you want to keep the swelling down at first (for 12 hours? 24 hours?) but that after that swelling is OK because it's a sign of healing. So I should only do the ibuprofen and icing for a little while? I also have some muscle relaxers that I have from when Pony was injured -- will taking these help? The pain is managed right now, but I'm afraid it may be worse tomorrow.

ETA: this isn't my first fall, but it's the first one where within ten minutes I was already feeling it.
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post #2 of 32 Old 08-11-2020, 03:00 PM
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Oh! I'm glad you're okay. It sounds like it could've been a lot worse. Sorry, can't help you with the medical side.
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post #3 of 32 Old 08-11-2020, 03:03 PM
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I like alternating heat & ice with injuries - and the ultimate pain cocktail recommended to me by my doctor was the combination of ibuprofen and Tylenol (Advil Dual Action is this). I usually do two ibuprofen and two to three Tylenol.

Epsom salt baths are a nice treat for back pain, too.

If the pain doesn't subside, please, please, please seek medical treatment. I made the mistake of not going to the doctor when I sprained my hip in a fall, and now I experience pain often in that hip. I'm willing to bet physical therapy would have been on the table for me - I could hardly walk and couldn't get upstairs without crawling and biting my lip. Injuries aren't something to mess with.

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If the pain doesn't subside, please, please, please seek medical treatment. I made the mistake of not going to the doctor when I sprained my hip in a fall, and now I experience pain often in that hip. I'm willing to bet physical therapy would have been on the table for me - I could hardly walk and couldn't get upstairs without crawling and biting my lip. Injuries aren't something to mess with.
I don't think it's that bad, but ... how long would you give it to subside? I don't particularly want to go to the doctor.

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Hope you feel better soon. My daughter had a fall like that (direct onto the butt/lower back area) and apparently it really hurt.

With NSAIDs, the key is to take them regularly. So make sure you take the two tablets every X hours according to the recommended dosing on the product.

I have no idea how the medical system in the US works for accidental injuries as we never had any when we lived there, but do you need to get it recorded so that there is that note in the system that any pain in this area is related to an injury from an accident? Is your doctor doing phone or online consults?

For the injury protocol, apparently the new thing is BE CALM rather than RICE. I got this from my daughter's dance teacher. THE BE CALM PROTOCOL
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post #6 of 32 Old 08-11-2020, 03:28 PM
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I don't think it's that bad, but ... how long would you give it to subside? I don't particularly want to go to the doctor.
I think you will know if you need to go to the doctor - if you have any feeling loss in your back/legs/toes, go ASAP.

You could have someone palpate your spine - have them press firmly on each vertebrae. You will know if something is tender, trust me.

I bet you will likely be fine, but be mindful of your body, and don't dismiss what it's trying to tell you. I regularly went to the chiropractor when I was riding & falling often, it's a special treat now.
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post #7 of 32 Old 08-11-2020, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I'm telling myself once Covid is over (whenever that might be) I'm going to try to find a chiropractor. Or, get the lady who does my horses' bodywork to work on me. She does humans too.
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post #8 of 32 Old 08-11-2020, 03:48 PM
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Arnica gel really helps with bruising.
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post #9 of 32 Old 08-11-2020, 04:03 PM
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If you can't sit on a straight-back chair...you need to see a doctor.
Padded chairs you will find make it worse, no couch or recliner...nothing soft cause you actually need to protect your coccyx bone right now since I bet you at least bruised it and probably fractured it if you stopped to write this cause your butt and back hurt that much...
You actually probably need to go to the doctor and they are going to send you for x-rays and possibly scans if you exhibit certain things...
Your butt and lower back are a haven for tiny nerves and any bruising, hurting, bleeding you caused of the fibers can cause you a ton of trouble...
Don't mess around for to long...
I not kid when I write a straight back minimally padded chair, no couch or recliner and you will find standing is preferable to sitting if you did it good...
You will be lying in a bed or sitting at table your favorite locations till you heal...
A doughnut cushion may be in your future too.
Do not contemplate riding for a bit...one bounce and ...just don't.

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post #10 of 32 Old 08-11-2020, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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Now that I've iced it for a while and have taken the ibuprofen it isn't bothering me so much. I think I will take the ibuprofen through tomorrow morning and then re-evaluate. I did land in fairly deep sand, fortunately.

I am going to order to arnica gel just to have around in general. It's something that I've been wanting to try anyway.

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