Well, all those sit-ups have finally enabled me to accomplish one thing: I can now break my own bones. :rolleyes:
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, courtesy of the wracking cough I had a couple weeks ago, I now have one cracked rib. I saw the doctor on Monday and got some Xrays but hadn’t heard back. Last night, as I lay in the bathtub, I coughed and heard something “crack”. That’s always makes me a little nervous.
I laid there for a minute and when I tried to sit up, that’s when the back spasms started. I now have much more empathy for those with chronic back pain. I couldn’t move or touch my left side without causing another spasm. I can only imagine that my breathing sounded something like Lamaze type breathings ( ::pant, pant, pant through pursed lips:: )
At this point, I’m a little teary and in lots of pain (hearing your own bones crack is a bad sound). Hubby calls around to see if there is a urgent care place open but they just say “go to the Emergency Room”.
3 hours later, the doctor says “Well, it’s not big, but I think I can see a crack on your 5th rib”. Instructions? Don’t lift anything heavy, take some Aleve or Tylenol (they offered me something with codeine but, hey, I have to be a functioning human being here), and make sure you don’t breathe shallow". Gotcha.
Okay, here’s my question for the Dopers: how long is this freakin’ thing going to take to heal? Sneezing or coughing is an exercise in brilliant pain and I’ve never been as surprised to discover how often you use your stomach/back muscles without knowing it.