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Somaprasad asked...

Unable to sleep due to back pain.

Recently I was riding my bike at night, it fell on a deep gutter in the road. I didn't fall down and somehow escaped due to the speed I was riding. But at that time I felt pain on my low back. I take rest for other two days and the pain decreased. But after a week the pain again increased and now I cant even sleep properly. I even wake up from my sleep at night. What can I do? Is that a serious problem? I am now afraid while searching and reading about the low back pain symptoms. My height is 167cm and my weight is 68Kg. Please suggest me a proper way to get rid of my pain. Actually its been a week I even slept properly. Looking forward your faster response. Thanking You

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The answer

You really need to see a doctor about your back pain, especially as it was the result of an accident. You will need to be examined and may also need to have X-rays of your back.

You have not mentioned if you have any other symptoms (such as pain going down the legs, problems with passing urine or stool, weakness/numbness in the legs). Hopefully you have just bruised or sprained the lower back during the fall and it will get better with time. It would be very sensible to make sure you have not done something more serious. The only way to know exactly the problem is to see a doctor in person. Painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen can be taken regularly to ease the pain. 

Answered by Dr Emmajane Down.


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