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I was coming down off of a ladder and fell with one leg

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I was coming down off of a ladder and fell with one leg stuck inside. Although I can move both legs, I am hurting in my leg, lower back and tail bone. I don't really have any swelling, but I am wondering if i could have a fracture since it hurts so bad when I walk.
Hello JACustomer,

I am sorry to read of this, it sounds so painful. I would like to try and help you but need some additional information. When you fell, what part did you hit/ what was struck? Your leg was stuck in between the ladder slats? Do you have any numbness, tingling or pins and needles sensation in your legs/ lower back or abdomen? Have you been able to go to the bathroom since? (Any problems urinating or bowel movements?) How long ago did this happen?

Thanks for clarifying,
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Hello. It happened about 5 hours ago. I have urinated twice since then and did not have any issues. The only thing that hurt was sitting on the toilet itself. My leg was caught in between the slats, but the way I fell I hit where my tailbone and back connect. The angle i fell at hit more of my tailbone on teh left side. I am not having any numbness, mostly throbbing. Even when I am still it hurts. Bending is the worst right now.

Hi JACustomer,

Walking under ladders is supposed to be unlucky, not climbing them. I am so sorry again. My computer misbehaved, that is why there was a delay in my reply. I apologize. Please understand that online, no one can state anything with 100% certainty, all I can offer is my best educated guess based on what you've written.

And from what you write, I do wonder if you may have broken not your leg (though thats not outside the realm of possible), but your tailbone or coccyx or maybe even a vertebrae a bit higher. That would indeed cause pain on walking, and bending would be painful as well.

That you have no numbness or tingling in your legs, and that you have normal urination is very good, it tells me that as of now, if there is a break, it so far is not impinging on nerves. (The nerves that control the bladder are come from a higher vertebrae than the tailbone) But I cant be assured that you do NOT have a potentially dangerous break which could affect the nerves in your legs.

I am giving you some more information on tailbone injuries. It says that injuries to this area generally do NOT need to be seen in the ER. I am going to strongly disagree, because I do not know what you did or where you did it, and the potential for real damage is very strong if there is a break above this area. So, I DO think you should head to the ER to get this checked out...just to be on the safe side. Its been five hours and you are still in such pain. While muscle strains are painful, and you may have wrenched a muscle or two, I cant, online, take that chance. So, please go to the ER...have someone drive you.

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Hi Julie,
I am writing to ask how you are feeling, and what the results of any tests or exams were, if you had any. I hope you are feeling much better and pain free.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Dear Nurse Susan,

Back on 8/9/2012, I requested that you follow up with me today to see if my issue was resolved. If I give you a positive rating for this follow-up, JustAnswer will pay you since it's included with my membership. Detail Required: HIGH; Urgency: HIGH

Hello Julie...

I am writing to find out how you are feeling; I understand you wished a follow up. Please let me know what I can do to help you. I hope you are feeling much better and would still love to know what any tests and exams you had showed.