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Fell down stairs on my back did I bruise a kidney.? It hurts to go to the bathroom and breathe in

Dr. Ajay Das Dr. Das
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Fell down stairs on my back did I bruise a kidney.? It hurts to go to the bathroom and breathe in

Fell down stairs...: Injury of this kind requires an examination by a doctor, x-rays/scans as necessary and a close exam of your stomach, back and other areas, a simple urine test to check for blood...however, I strongly believe that sprained or broken ribs with the bruised intercostal muscles are the cause of your breathe-in pains...also, not surprisingly your tail bone (coccyx) may be hurting too... ...Read more

Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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Could I have a blood clot if I fell down stairs, have a bump on my butt, feel faint, big bruise covering my whole cheel chest pain, difficult to walk?

Could I have a blood clot if I fell down stairs, have a bump on my butt, feel faint, big bruise covering my whole cheel chest pain, difficult to walk?

Probably not: Typically, blood clots in the veins are associated with inactivity, not trauma. A DVT usually gives you leg swelling and a "charley horse" feeling deep in the muscle of the calf. The bump on your butt could be a blood clot in the soft tissues (hematoma). The chest pain could be a chest wall contusion (bruise) or even a rib fracture. I suggest you get checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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Fell down stairs landing directly on my spine. It hurts to sit or stand for more than a few minutes and tender to the touch. Did I just buise myself?

Fell down stairs landing directly on my spine. It hurts to sit or stand for more than a few minutes and tender to the touch. Did I just buise myself?

Need: Examination. It could be a sprain, but it is better to get evaluated as spinal fracture could occur. If just a sprain, ice application, rest and analgesics ...Read more

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Fell down stairs ankle is swollen and hurts to lift up or point. Bruising near the ligiments. What should I do?

Fell down stairs ankle is swollen and hurts to lift up or point. Bruising near the ligiments. What should I do?

Can you walk?: If you can walk on it 99% chance it is not broken and is likely a sprained ankle. Follow the rice rule....Rest, ice, compression and elevation. You can also add in an NSAID like aleve (naproxen) to help. It should get better in time, bracing, pt and exercises will help it. If you cannot bear weight at all or feel bones shifting you need to get to a doc for an xray. ...Read more

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Fell down stairs, hurt forearm/elbow. Was bruised and swollen for 2.5wks. 3mos later, I still get sharp shooting pain after light use. Get x-Ray?

Fell down stairs, hurt forearm/elbow. Was bruised and swollen for 2.5wks. 3mos later, I still get sharp shooting pain after light use. Get x-Ray?

First see your Dr.: After any trauma that occurs, especially fall injuries down staircases requires that you see your doctor for evaluation, and to make sure you haven't injured bones, tendons, muscles strain, or ligaments. An x-ray will rule out fracture, but an MRI will show soft tissue injury. So your doctor will determine which one you need. Then, you'll need realignment to get everything back in order. Don't wait. ...Read more

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Fell down stairs, hit 3x S1-L2. No loss of function/RoM/nerve pain. Minor bruising + raised circle of swelling. Had rhizotomy there '12. Need worry?

Fell down stairs, hit 3x S1-L2. No loss of function/RoM/nerve pain. Minor bruising + raised circle of swelling. Had rhizotomy there '12. Need worry?

Likely stable: You do not describe any problem other than soft tissue bruising and swelling, so, I would not anticipate any exacerbation of your prior problems. If things deteriorate or symptoms worsen, might contact your doctor and get an X ray of region. ...Read more

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Fell down stairs 5 days ago. Left shin is still very sore and there are parts of shin that feel numb. Top of toes and ankle are severely bruised.

Fell down stairs 5 days ago. Left shin is still very sore and there are parts of shin that feel numb. Top of toes and ankle are severely bruised.

Expected.: This sounds like what one would expect after smashing the shin with the edge of a stair. Nerves in the local area have been damaged and will repair with time. Gravity pulls the blood down to your feet and causes the bruise. Should get progressively better. ...Read more

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Fell down stairs 2 days ago on shin. Bruising, lump & tingling in my foot. Ice & elevating. When should I see a dr? I'm concered about tingling. Thanks

Fell down stairs 2 days ago on shin. Bruising, lump & tingling in my foot. Ice & elevating. When should I see a dr? I'm concered about tingling. Thanks

Fell down stairs: Tingling is usually a sign of nerve irritation, happens often with injuries, especially when the foot swells up and there is pressure on the adjacent nerves or damage from the injury. Absolutely, see a podiatrist or an orthopedist asap, get examined for any potential fracture, tear of the tendon/ligament, the sooner you decrease swelling and immobilize your foot, the faster you will heal. ...Read more

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Large bruise on back has formed large hard lump and is causing back pain. Bruise is from falling down a flight of stairs (lots of bruises, went to er)?

Hematoma: I would recommend that you should consult a physician. You probably have developed a hematoma which is a collection of blood under the skin. Large hematomas sometimes need to be evacuated surgically. While smaller ones can resolve spontaneously. ...Read more

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Today I was walking down the stairs and I slipped and fell. I hit my lower back on the a step. There is bruising and pain. What should I do?

Today I was walking down the stairs and I slipped and fell. I hit my lower back on the a step. There is bruising and pain. What should I do?

Fall: Although you hurt, you do not have to be seen. If you can stand and walk it is unlikely you have a fracture. If that is the case then cool compress and Ibuprofen. Pain should resolve within a week. ...Read more

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I fell down the stairs and now my left shin really hurts. Its elevated with ice and a large bruise is forming. I can walk/limp. What did I do to it?

I fell down the stairs and now my left shin really hurts. Its elevated with ice and a large bruise is forming. I can walk/limp. What did I do to it?

Bad bone bruise: The shin normally has a thick layer of skin, then periosteum (thick bone cover), then bone. You gave it a hard knock, bled under the skin and got inflamed and lots pain. If u can walk, it is very unlikely u broke anything. So continue ice, elevate, switch to heat after 48 hours, mild analgesic as neede for pain. Oh, and why did u fall? Poor lighting? Don't let it happen again, you hear! ...Read more

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Fell down a flight of stairs over 5 months ago and a rather large bruise on my shin will not go away, and is still hurts to apply pressure to why?

Fell down a flight of stairs over 5 months ago and a rather large bruise on my shin will not go away, and is still hurts to apply pressure to why?

Periosteitis: The shin is unusual in that it is a bone which is extremely close to the overlying skin, not padded by muscle or fat. Direct injury to the shin may produce inflammation of the outer lining of the bone called the periosteum. Less frequently, this could represent a stress fracture or hematoma. Rarely, an underlying tumor may be brought to light by a trivial injury in the same area ...Read more

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Fell down 8 stairs \u0026 landed on my butt 4 days ago. Bruise has gotten progressively larger everyday. Swollen under bruised area. Should I see a doctor?

Fell down 8 stairs \u0026 landed on my butt 4 days ago. Bruise has gotten progressively larger everyday. Swollen under bruised area. Should I see a doctor?

Yes, use iced packs: Whenever there's trauma involved, and you're seeing a bruise that continues to get larger, it's probably a hematoma, or third spacing of the blood pooling underneath that's causing it to swell. I'm sure it's painful, or uncomfortable, and you need to call your pcp right away. You need to be seen, and this area needs to be examined. In the meantime, it's always wise to ice the area often with cold compresses to help reduce the swelling. ...Read more

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I fell down the stairs real hard in November last year. It hurt my left bum. Now the bruises have gone but it left big hard oval lump around 10 cm long on my bum, it doesn't hurt, but how to get rid of it? And how long will it take?

I fell down the stairs real hard in November last year. It hurt my left bum. Now the bruises have gone but it left big hard oval lump around 10 cm long on my bum, it doesn't hurt, but how to get rid of it? And how long will it take?

Lump on buttocks: May be a hematoma and that is still resorbing, or may have become cystic or fibrosed or bony- myositis ossificans or rarely may be a mass (fibroma, hemangioma, neurofibroma that came to light after trauma. Would consider sonogram/ xray to identify the nature of the bump. Consider massage and warm soaks and time, sometimes excision is needed f/u/ w/ doc ...Read more

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I fell down a large flight of stairs 5 days ago& hurt my knee I'm on warfarin & it's very swollen, painful, bruised, red & hot to touch wot shud I do?

I fell down a large flight of stairs 5 days ago& hurt my knee I'm on warfarin & it's very swollen, painful, bruised, red & hot to touch wot shud I do?

Other symptoms?: You may be describing a resolving or an ongoing hematoma. If you have any symptoms like fever, chills, nausea, etc you should get checked out to rule out infection and or continuing bleeding especially if you are on warfarin for something like a valve implant or cardiac structural abnormality to protect yourself from infection! ...Read more

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I fell down the stairs yesterday, my upper leg, back and hip are very sore especially when I bend or put weight on it. No bruising. Should I get check?

I fell down the stairs yesterday, my upper leg, back and hip are very sore especially when I bend or put weight on it. No bruising. Should I get check?

Possibly: If you have tingling, numbness or inability to move your extremities; if you have deformity to bones or pain in bones when not moving, or if the pain does not decrease over time, or you passed out and fell, then yes, you should see a doctor for an examination. If you are able to walk, not fainting, and the pain improves over a few days, you should mention the fall at your next regular appointment. ...Read more

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I fell down my stairs the on Wed (wood). I really hurt my shin and have a large bruise/scab. The pain is getting worse, could it be a stress fracture?

Could be: These types of injuries can be complex. Infection as well as bone bruises and hairline fractures are all considerations. Your best bet would be to see your doctor. Simple X-ray of the injured area may be all that is needed. But best would be to see your doctor for all options. ...Read more

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Fell down stairs this am hurting my back I landed on the floor with the bottom step against my back I have hot searing pain and moving?

Fell down stairs this am hurting my back I landed on the floor with the bottom step against my back I have hot searing pain and moving?

Simple answer: You need to be seen by an acute care doctor today. Trauma and pain usually mean injury, and the internet has its limitations. If you cannot safely get to the acute care facility to be checked, have someone take you. Good luck! ...Read more

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Fell down stairs, sprain ankle and soar back and tailbone. Can friend travel?

Fell down stairs, sprain ankle and soar back and tailbone. Can friend travel?

Fell down stairs: Did your friend get a medical evaluation? Falling down stairs can cause significant injury. If there are no fractures or other injuries requiring treatment, traveling and other activities can probably be resumed as tolerated. ...Read more

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I slipped and fell down stairs backward. Right lower back (waist area) hurts on/off. Pain moves to front stomach/waist area. Had exact fall last year.

I slipped and fell down stairs backward. Right lower back (waist area) hurts on/off. Pain moves to front stomach/waist area. Had exact fall last year.

Pelvic girdle injury: The mechanism and pain pattern suggest pelvic girdle injury. Look for pink urine that would reflect kidney injury. Pain that radiates to the lower leg would suggest lumbar disk injury. Pelvic injury often has associated sciatica with radiation down the same side buttock and posterior thigh. ...Read more

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Fell down stairs hurt my back and now legs are numb/tingling. Is this serious?

Fell down stairs hurt my back and now legs are numb/tingling. Is this serious?

Pinched nerve back: From the fall you may have herniated discs or injured facet joints which are pinching nerves in back, causing numbness and tingling in one leg or both legs. ...Read more

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Fell down stairs last week. Since, having strange moving sensations inside of belly or back. Constant. No pain. Doesn't feel like stool movements.

Call dr.: May be gas moving through your colon and intestines. Fortunately, it is probably not internal bleeding which would have manifested itself before a week after your fall. If you think you may be pregnant, best to check your first AM urine a week after your last period. When in doubt, call your doctor's answering service and see your doctor when available. Probably not emergent right now. ...Read more

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Fell on ice hurt lower back. Year later fell down stairs hurt same area. Could this be cause of leg weak, feet inflammed and red after walking??

Fell on ice hurt lower back. Year later fell down stairs hurt same area. Could this be cause of leg weak, feet inflammed and red after walking??

Maybe - need more in: We would need to have a lot more information.

The foot problem may not be related to the fall but you need to see your physician, get an evalaution.

This can be a vascular problem in the legs. Did the fall cause weakness? Is there neurological injury?

This is what we need to knw. ...Read more

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Fell down stairs, hit L shoulder on railings between shoulder blade and spine. Mild pain in shoulder, tingling in forearm & fingers. Did I hit a nerve?

Fell down stairs, hit L shoulder on railings between shoulder blade and spine. Mild pain in shoulder, tingling in forearm & fingers. Did I hit a nerve?

Probably: It appears likely that there has been some nerve injury in view of your symptoms. As inflammation and swelling subside the nerve symptoms should improve. However if injury to the vertebral area occurred, there could be disc injury causing the tingling in the arm. See your physician if symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

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