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    Slipped on stairs and landed on back muscle
    Kelci_ posted:
    Hi everyone,

    Last week, I slipped on the stairs and fell onto the lower right side of my back, kind of on on my upper buttocks. It's slowly feeling better but is still excruciating if anything touches the area that is still swollen. It doesn't feel like I broke any bones, I think my muscle is just damaged...maybe gluteus medius? I have a dark, U-shaped bruise about 6 inches wide, but the bruise itself does not hurt, just the swollen "inner" part of he U-shape. I have not been to the doctor although I know I probably should. Just standing, nothing hurts. It only hurts if anything touches it or if I'm jumping or jogging and my lower back fat jiggles (Lol sorry). I'm wondering if it's just a hematoma from the fall? It seems strange to me that the non-bruised part hurts and the bruise does not.

    My main question is, should I compress it? I bought a back brace today because it does NOT hurt if I am holding my back muscle/fat in place while I jump. The brace has helped in that aspect but I don't want to damage anything further!

    Also, I'm a 26 year old female in great health.
    An_246419 responded:
    Kelci you should definately see a doctor and I would avoid any extreme activities until you did. Good luck. 19lin

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