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I FELL 2 WKS AGO & LANDED FLAT ON MY BUTT WITH INSTANT PAIN FROM MY TAILBONE GOING UP THRU MY BODY. STANDING & sitting is too painful so I have been in bed since. A few days ago I noticed some pain & swelling below my left side of my jaw I have alternating pain meds 800 mg Ibuprophen, Tylenol 3 and Oxycodone. Could I have damaged an internal organ in the fall which maybe caused this pain & swelling ? I did not hit my head or jaw in the fall. . .
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,

This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.

I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Most likely you sustained spinal fracture from the fall.

The fracture can be at the tailbone level or just above from the impact.

Spinal fracture can affect the nerves and even the spinal cord.

THis can cause jaw pain and swelling as well.

Also left sided kidney injury is another possibility from the fall.

That can cause swelling as well.

However blood in the urine also should have been present.

You do need a clinical evaluation in the ER or with your doctor and a spine scan as well.

Conservative treatment with pain management, rest and spine support are considered first.

However if there is any displaced fracture then surgical repair also will be required.

Best wishes,

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