Hurt my back at work advise

Hey so just hoping for some advise here

I was at work moving a heavy object when it slipped and had a controlled fall onto me. Happened very fast but put alot of strain on my back. Now my lower back hurts quite alot. I reported the incident but now I'm not certain how to proceed with care. I have the next 4 days off to recover before my rotation starts again. At the time of incident pain was merely uncomfortable. By the time I got home it got quite a bit more painful. I've never had back problems before so I admit I'm worried and frankly don't know what I should do. I've read I should stay arrive I've read I should relax. I'm going to take some ibuprofen to help with the pain otherwise I'm at a loss of what to do

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  • You need to report this injury to your employer asap and ask to see their doctor. If you let too much time pass, they’ll have more grounds to deny the claim.

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  • You need to see a Dr about what specifically was likely hurt and how best to recover.

    If you are in the USA the Dr. visit and Treatment will be covered by Workers Compensation (just tell the medical clinic that it is work related).

    The company should have already notified their Workers Comp insurance carrier as you reported it to them; but, it's there responsibility within the USA regardless of you reporting it.

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  • Put a bandaid on it.

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  • Does it help when you're lying in bed? Ive been bed ridden from backpain several times to where I can not move my waist in any direction. It usually feels abit better after a week of lying around. At your age its very rare that this is permenate and across all age groups disc bulges fix themselves 80%-90% of the time in a few years. But you'll probably be better in a week.

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    • It actually helps quite a bit. I spent the entire day yesterday in my gaming chair. It has a pad that came with it that I've never used before specially for back injuries and pain. My goodness that thing was lovley felt no pain while sitting there in it. Oh thats good to know. If I hurt myself again will I be at a higher rate of permanent back damage in the near future?

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      • Sitting is the worst thing for your lower back normally it puts more pressure on it. Laying on your back is usually the best.

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  • You're probably entitled by law to take time to heal. All you need is a doctor's note.

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    • Honestly I want to go back to work. I just want to fix my back. I'm just worried about it is all. We had one person like half my height get crushed by one awhile back and he was out of work for like a month. I'm pursuing a really good promotion at work. I can't be gone that long as the slot won't open up again for years.

      More ir less hoping someone with similar experiences to share their story or someone educated to tell me its likley just a sore muscle rather than a damaged back. My MA I'd freaking out saying I need to go in and it's like no no no

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      • Does the state you live in have workers comp? If so, were you given a workers comp number? If yes, then go to a radiology place that takes workers comp and get an MRI on your back to rule out anything serious. No one here can tell you whether it's a pulled muscle or a herniated disc. A doctor can though.

        I hurt myself moving a heavy flat at Target back in August. I got an MRI through workers comp and it showed two herniated discs and a swollen SI joint. If I didn't get treatment for it, I'd be way worse off than I am now.

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        • I'm truly sorry to hear that. We do indeed have workers comp. Thankfully I'm starting to feel much better. During the meeting about the incident at my next shift as this would be considered a serious incident I'll ask for the paperwork I need to get covered for a back examination

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      • That sounds like a dangerous place to work. Did the other injured worker get workers comp to cover his lost wages and medical expenses?

        "Someone educated" would be a doctor, not people on this internet site and I recommend you give your longterm health priority over the promotion you're hoping for. Untreated back injuries can lead to lifelong problems: don't take risks with your health.

        If you're a union member, talk to someone there for advice.

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        • Its actually a relatively safe place to work. We've had some pretty serious injuries but all of them could be summed up to really bad luck 1 in a million types and ea h one has caused a ton of new policies to be implemented.

          Yes the guy was completely covered and apon returning given a much easier work detail. Pay unaffected.

          At the time of posting it was about 3am Monday morning. I work when hr isn't on site. We have medical stuff covered However there's some steps to it so I couldn't just go 9n to late night. We have to use a specific hospital for coverage unless directed otherwise if not directed to We gotta pay ourselves. It's in the contract we sign.

          Thankfully my back is starting to feel much better. But your absolutely right. On my next shift without a doubt I'll be having a meeting with someone and get asked alot of questions while they investigate what happened at wich point I'll ask for the paperwork to get checked out to be safe

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