Beware of painkillers

Zaheedah - zaheedah@yahoo.com

Posted 2007-09-09

I slipped in the toilet a couple of weeks ago and fell right on my coccyx. The x-ray films showed that I broke my t-bone. Like others, I have not been able to sit without pain, let alone bend or stoop. It's depressing.

But one thing which I would like to share with others is this: do not take the painkillers after the first 2-3 days from onset of pain. Firstly, the pain is likely to be there for a long time. You can't keep taking these painkiller indefinitely. Secondly, you don't know what side effects the pills are gonna give you. this is something which my doctor failed to educate me on and I had to get such info from the net (God bless the net!). Thirdly and more importantly, you need the nerves to tell you when it hurts and when it doesn't. the pain sensation is there for a reason - whatever you are doing is aggravating the injury, so stop it.

I took the painkillers for the first 3 days and though the intensity was less, the pain was there all the time. I stopped taking them on the 4th day, and though sleeping was a torture (the painkillers helped me to sleep like a baby), it gradually went away. I stopped doing anything that caused pain, and I noted an improvement.

A week after the fall, I could sit on a normal cushioned chair for 15 min (but of course putting the weight on either thigh). I tried to go to school but came down with such intense pain at my lower back. So I spent the next day doing nothing but just lying down. And yes, no painkillers. And the pain immediately went away.

My point is basically this. If it hurts, stop doing it. Being a vegetable for a day (lied down and slept one whole day) really helped for me.

I can see from the other posts that it is going to be a long road to recovery. I am currently taking calcium pills and some homeopathic medicine. I will update you guys if there is any improvement for the next month or so.

It is frustrating to be incapable of the most common acts, like picking up that slippery bar of soap with my toes. But coming across this website is really heartening. Thank you.

regards,

Zaheedah

Singapore

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