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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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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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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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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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