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After almost falling I've developed a fear of escalators and steep tall stairs. I tense and cant bring my foot to go on one, esp escalators by myself.

After almost falling I've developed a fear of escalators and steep tall stairs. I tense and cant bring my foot to go on one, esp escalators by myself.

Anxiety: It sounds like you are having a reaction to a bad experience on an escalator or stairs. I would highly recommend trying to get back out on stairs or an escalator with someone you trust, and if this is not possible, then to see a therapist and work on this! ...Read more

Fear (Definition)

I would define fear as an insecure feeling, a feeling of impending doom! this is a sort of defense mechanism we developed that help us to survive. Fear helps us from falling "off the cliffs, " as we know the consequences; and help us survive. Children unknowingly, fall off, as ...Read more


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What can I do for a back injury from falling down the stairs?

What can I do for a back injury from falling down the stairs?

DEPEND: My first recommendation is for you to see your primary care physician to determine the exact nature of your injury. While awaiting an appointment, i would recommend that you soak in warm water for 20 minutes twice per day and or apply ice to the painful area. Performance of light stretching exercises combined with otc nsaids may also be beneficial. ...Read more

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Hip injuries from falling down the stairs. Are the very bad if you're over 65 years?

Hip injuries from falling down the stairs.  Are the very bad if you're over 65 years?

Depends: Depends on the severity of the fall and health of the patient. Older patients more likely to suffer hip fractures. If the hip is not broken then usually there bruising or soft tissue injures about the hip and these injuries are not very bad compared to a fracture. ...Read more

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After falling down the stairs how do you know when you should go in?

After falling down the stairs how do you know when you should go in?

?: It depends if u were injured and what & how bad. If u were bumped & bruised with no major pain & all works well, u should b ok. If ssx r bad or ^ then i would c my pcp. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to protect my child from falling down the stairs?

Is there a good way to protect my child from falling down the stairs?

Yes: The first step is installing secure gates at the top and bottom of your stairs around 9 months of age once the baby starts crawling. Use gates that screw in to your woodwork, not the expandable gates that you often see, these are not secure! teach all family members to close the gates as they go through them. Remember gates only work when you use them properly. ...Read more

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I was wondering what do I do about my hip bruise after falling down the stairs?

I was wondering what do I do about my hip bruise after falling down the stairs?

Bruise: If you have significant pain and difficulty of walking/standing, you might need to be evaluated for hip fracture. If no fracture is found, you can take NSAIDs for pain and inflammation. Icing should help with swelling and stop bruising from getting worse. You should follow up with your doctor for any persistent pain, swelling, shortness of breath or any other new symptoms. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle badly last night after falling down the stairs. How can I best manage the pain ?

I sprained my ankle badly last night after falling down the stairs. How can I best manage the pain ?

RICE: Rest. Ice. Compression. Elevation. Also oral anti inflammatory like Aleve (naproxen) with food. If symptoms persist or worsen after 48 hrs seek medical evaluation and X-ray to rule out a stress fracture ...Read more

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Why am i still in agony with my leg, after falling down the stairs 2 weeks ago nearly, no brake apparently according to xray?

Why am i still in agony with my leg, after falling down the stairs 2 weeks ago nearly, no brake apparently according to xray?

Non displaced or : Stress fracture can have a negative xray. When you see your ortho guy he will repeat the xray. Depending on the degree of pain and the physical exam he might add an MRI of the area or bone scan. ...Read more

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I had a bruise 2 months ago, caused by falling down the stairs. It was painful, and there was numbness and swelling. Now the numbness is still there.

I had a bruise 2 months ago, caused by falling down the stairs. It was painful, and there was numbness and swelling. Now the numbness is still there.

Recovery slow/never?: Once peripheral nerve fibers (cell bodies at/in spinal cord) are damaged/interrupted, they usually attempt to regrow, slowly, maximum rate typically about 1 mm/day. However, if tissue disruption has blocked original path, they may not/never regrow fully. Without the previous fibers & changed sensory signals to your spinal cord & brain, a sense of numbness may persist, sometimes permanently. ...Read more

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I have a bruise on my lip from falling down the stairs yesterday, it doesn't hurt but I want to know how long it will take to heal. Can I speed it up?

I have a bruise on my lip from falling down the stairs yesterday, it doesn't hurt but I want to know how long it will take to heal. Can I speed it up?

Ice it: for the next6 24 hours .,..then apply heat! A bruise is a "collection" of burst and "old" red blood cells. By using ice at the beginning you decrease circulation (thus the bleeding is less) afterwards HEAT will promote the circulation to remove the blood products. Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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How long will it take for tailbone pain to go away after falling down stairs?

Months to years: Coccydina, aka tailbone pain can come from mild to severe trauma of the tip of the tailbone. Sitting on a notched pillow (not a donut shaped pillow) can help. A steroid injection into the coccyx can be very effective. Rarely surgery is required. Time to call your family doc. ...Read more

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What are possible back injuries from falling down stairs?

What are possible back injuries from falling down stairs?

Many: Trauma such as a tumble down stairs can fracture the spine, inflame the joints or rupture a disc. Symptoms may be localized back pain or radiculopathy leg or arm pain, you should have this checked out by your physician. ...Read more

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What kind of hip injuries happen from falling down stairs?

What kind of hip injuries happen from falling down stairs?

Depends: Depends on the severity of the fall and age and health of the patient. Older patients more likely to suffer hip fractures. Younger patients less likely to break their hips. Other injuries are soft tissue or injuries to where the muscle attaches to the hip. ...Read more

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What kind of hip injuries are common from falling down stairs?

What kind of hip injuries are common from falling down stairs?

Depends: Depends on the height of the fall, the age/health of the patient, and body part that you land on. Head injuries and ankle/knee injuries common in younger patients. Hip fractures and wrist fractures common in older patients. ...Read more

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Can I srain my ankle by falling down a flight of stairs and hitting it with my clarinet case ?

Can I srain my ankle by falling down a flight of stairs and hitting it with my clarinet case
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Oh yes!: You could have sustained a number of injuries by falling down a flight of stairs, ranging from an ankle sprain to a broken bone or head injury. This probably happened so fast, you may not have realized immediately what you injured. I hope your clarinet didn't get hurt. Unlike it does for an ankle sprain--Ice, an ace wrap and a few days off of its feet--wouldn't have made it better. ...Read more

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How can I know if my spleen is ruptured after falling down stairs?

How can I know if my spleen is ruptured after falling down stairs?

Go to ER for CT scan: The most sensitive and specific test to diagnose injury to the spleen is a ct of the abdomen. Blunt trauma to the abdomen, like what can occur when falling down stairs, should be taken very seriously. This requires emergency room evaluation. ...Read more

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