Slipped down stairs and hurt my back, what is my best plan for tomorrow?
January 5, 2014 4:58 PM Subscribe
A few hours ago I slipped and fell down half a flight of stairs, injuring my back. How important is it that I see a doctor? Is there anything I can do to make going into work tomorrow less terrible?
posted by matcha action to Health & Fitness (13 answers total)
Today I slipped on, and then fell down, half a flight of stairs while trying to leave my apartment building. My back is bruised and extremely sore. Lying, sitting, and standing are all somewhat painful; changing positions is extremely painful. Walking is painful. I don't have a car and rely on walking/public transit to get to work. I have a 1-hour commute each way (walking, stairs, 2 different subways). If it were possible, I would take the day off of work tomorrow. However, my coworker (in my 2-person department) is stranded on the opposite coast due to weather. It is extremely important that one of us be there, and it looks like that has to be me. There is no backup person we can call. I know this is stupid and there should be some sort of backup plan, but there isn't. I can't work from home; this is a situation where at least one person needs to be on site.
For now I am alternating cold/heat and taking anti-inflammatories.
1) How important is it that I see a doctor for this? Should I just try to go to urgent care before work? If I go immediately when it opens and if it doesn't take too long I will only be slightly late to work; if it takes me a while to see a doctor and they decide to do X-rays or something I may be unacceptably late. Going after work is unfortunately not an option.
2) Is there anything I can do to make going into work tomorrow less terrible?
Other relevant info: 31, female, decent health insurance.