Patient :I fell down a shop's companionway about two weeks ago and spent one night in hospital. X-rays showed 8 broken ribs. I also had a nasty bump to the back of my head. As the pain from the ribs is receding I am noticing the pain in my back. It is fine while I am lying down but I can't manage to sit or stand for more than a few minutes before the pain in my back becomes too much. I have also notice a hard lump on my spine about halfway down. It feels like a bone out of place. What can be happening in my back and will it get better by itself? Thankyou. Sonja (age 54)
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