Slipped on bus steps - now has plantar fasciitis as well as coccyx pain

Stacie - stacie@vannet.com

Hi Jon. Reading your page has made me cry knowing that I'm not the only person suffering from this horrible pain.

On March 9, 2000 I slipped on the wet top step of a city bus while I was getting off. After slipping, I fell backwards and smashed my back on the step just below my waist and then continued to bounce down the steps on my rear until I landed on the sidewalk. I screamed in pain and couldn't get up on my own. Two passengers and the bus driver stayed with me until the ambulance came. At the hospital they took x-rays which were excruciatingly painful since I couldn't move my torso or legs without extreme pain. The x-rays showed nothing. They gave me a shot of Demerol and sent me home with prescriptions for Tylenol 3 (with codeine) and high dose anti-inflammatory drugs.

Stacie's bruise

I couldn't walk without pain because of where the step hit my back. There was a huge bruise which went away after a week or so and a bump which is still there. I didn't go to work at all for almost 3 weeks and when I did return, it was only for an hour or two every other day. Luckily I work at a big company which is unionized so they've been understanding that I can't work full-time yet. I'm currently working 5 hours 4 days of the week and thank god for benefits or I'd have no money. I'm still in pain but not as much as before where my back is concerned.

I went to my chiropractor about a week after the accident (I have suffered from upper back problems for over 10 years) and he did very limited treatments since I couldn't move very well. The moving table helped stretch the muscles in my back which hadn't been used much since the accident. Initially, the back pain was my worst symptom but for several months now my tailbone pain has been the worst. I couldn't sit down at all for about 5 or 6 months so I was standing while at work and my husband set up my home computer so that I could stand at it. Eventually, my feet would get so sore that I couldn't stand anymore. I have a condition called Plantar Fasciitis which was dormant for 5 years but since I had been on my feet so much since the accident, the condition had returned. Since the Plantar Fasciitis has returned (it's been just over 4 months), I'm sitting down a lot more so the tailbone pain is aweful. I found that using a donut cushion made my back muscles sore especially when travelling and I'd have to balance on it when the bus/train/ferry moved. I've stopped using it but reading your information has made me think that maybe I should start using it again.

I'm on 25mg of Vioxx for my pain but I still have pain all of the time. I get so down because of the situation and I just want my life back. I used to see a lot of movies but there's no way that I can sit in one spot for 2 hours. The most time I can sit at once is about 20 - 30 minutes then I have to get up and stretch. I've done physio, acupuncture and chiropractic treatments. Acupuncture helped my back pain initially but soon wore off and further treatments didn't work. For my rear pain, nothing has helped except not sitting.

Thanks for having this place to share our experiences. I hope you're feeling much better.

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