Paralyzed legs and severe pain from a fall


Q: Hi I had a particularly hard fall from about 2 meters up yesterday, onto and over a large bin, I bruised my lower right side and some of my extremities - quite a lot of body aches but didn't think it too serious though once I was over it but then last night going to sleep I felt very uncomfortable, could not get comfortable in any position and I had shooting pains down my leg. At some point in the middle of the night I sat up to go the loo but when I stood up I collapsed like a dead-weight, my legs seemed like they just weren't there, I pulled myself up off the floor and tried to stand and fell down again - a third time produced the same results at which point I just crawled back to the bed - both legs completely dead and lay there very awajke and very concerned til after sunrise when I tried again and was able to stand up albeit a bit wobbly. Today my leg feels a little numb and my entire upper body but especially my right side and right arm - even my neck is a little stiff - what have I done to myself?

I am 35 years old as of Monday and spent most of my life competing in action sports and am generally healthy except for a smoking habit and chronic medication I have to take. Please help

Symptoms:  Shooting pains in legs, temporarily dead / paralyzed legs after a fall, upper body aches and bruised,

A:   This question is currently in queue and will be answered shortly by one of our doctors. In the meantime you may browse our library of answered questions by clicking here.

Related Q&A

Q: My son was injured at hockey practice, he fell backwards onto his arm, he screamed instantly and was taken to the ER,...

Q: My dad is in his mid 50s has always been strong and hard worker as a drywaller few years back he broke his two floate...

Q: Yesterday my daughter and I were playing and she leaped forward and hit my cheek bone with her head. The pain was imm...

Q: Hi doc , i did my first boxing class today i am a 35 years old female , fit after i finished my class i felt some pai...

Q: I fell off the bed trying to step on the night stand to hang a picture. It all happened so quickly, i fell with the ...


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon