i fail on ice and the middle of my back hit the edge of a step, went to the doctor, exrays, no broken bones, but i have much pain after six days. what should i do?
Ditto what others said. I learned from personal experience to listen to my body and get a second opinion when I know that something just isn't right.
I had a bad fall in December, was taken to hospital via ambulance where xrays were done of my back, hip and foot. No broken bones, so they wouldn't admit me. An agonizing week later I finally got a referral to an orthopedic doctor who specialized in backs. He did his own xrays and even I could see that there were fractured vertebrae. He ordered an MRI to get detailed view to make sure there were no fragments floating around that could damage the nerve. MRI showed I also had a dislocated pelvis.
If you can, go to a back and spine specialist. They have a lot more experience with these types of injury than an ER department.
Ask the doctor to prescribe a back brace for you. It will give your back some much needed support while the healing process begins. Ask him to also refer you to a physical therapist. Mine did and it has made all the difference. Instead of a four month recovery, physical therapy is cutting the recovery time in half, mostly because early on, they were able to manipulate my pelvis back in place so the focus of the therapy could be on my back.