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Anyone blown a rib?

itself2012-04-06 03:12:20 +0000 #1
I have been coughing so much, my chiropractor thinks I tore some cartilage in my ribs. Either that or I have pleurisy. Gals, this is like having a spear put thru your side every time I sneeze or cough. I am using aleve and trameel creme. This sucks clam chowder! I am never sick!
Crankin2012-04-06 03:28:08 +0000 #2
Pleurisy hurts in your back. And it doesn't necessarily involve coughing.

Get it checked out.
OakLeaf2012-04-06 03:40:17 +0000 #3
+1 on getting it checked out.

It is possible to break a rib coughing. I've known two people who've done that when they've had pneumonia. Coughing and fatigue were their main symptoms (before they broke the ribs...).
goldfinch2012-04-06 03:44:20 +0000 #4
You could have pneumonia or bronchitis. I had pneumonia a few years ago and hurt my ribs coughing. It took a couple of months to get better. Get it checked out.
SallyRides2012-04-06 05:00:36 +0000 #5
I've had pleurisy and broken ribs (not at the same time.) They both hurt with every breathe. Breathing was so painful! Pleurisy can be treated. And should be. I'm not sure what can be done for torn cartilage....... I don't think cartilage heals itself. In any case, you want to get a more definite answer. Good luck. Hope you feel better soon.

Tokie2012-04-06 03:59:44 +0000 #6
Cartilage does heal - in about 6 to 8 weeks. I tore mine crashing my mt bike. I had a chest xray to be sure it wasn't something worse, and missed a few days of work because it hurt too much to raise my arms (I'm a nurse). I too know healthy middle-aged people who broke ribs from severe episodes of coughing. such misery! always good to get it checked - I've also heard of mt bikers who crashed, knew they'd cracked a rib, then days later developed a pneumothorax from the displaced and fractured rib. feel better soon - Tokie
itself2012-04-06 05:12:58 +0000 #7
Did the antibiotics already, so no coughing or pneumonia, thankfully. At this point, it is torn cartilage in the rib. Wow, never knew an injury like this could be so painful!!

Looks like I will be taking time off the bike for a while...
ClockworkOrange2012-04-06 06:07:11 +0000 #8
I so sympathise, just got over doing something which may be what you have done.


Costochondritis is so painful, even to sniff, rolling over in bed was a no-no! I was beginning to think it would never ever ease up, it took around 6 weeks.

In desperation saw my chiropractor for advice and she suggested to get Naproxen from GP, gentler than diclofenic sodium. I dislike taking any medication but it did help, just for a few days. Oh yes, I also used Biofreeze just below my collar bone, which is where the worst damage was.

The first exercise I started a few weeks later was swimming, I must have looked weird as I could only do breast stroke with one arm! Little by little I was able to swim with both arms, then ride.

This shows my ignorance but I did not realise how high the rib cage went up but I do now.

Hope it starts easing up for you very soon.



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