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Old 01-02-2010, 04:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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anyone fracture their ribs before? and what does it feel like? trying to figure out if i should make an appt at the dr's this week :-P
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Old 01-02-2010, 05:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I did last year at Beaver Creek. I hit a double rainbow box that was way above me. It hurt like hell and ended my season. I couldn't do anything strenuous and it hurt to sleep certain ways. The doctor said nothing could be done except prescribe some Vicodin (gave me weird ass dreams). I got an x-ray and they couldn't see the crack on it but it still ended up costing me $300 after insurance.
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Old 01-02-2010, 05:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I havn't....

But it's going to hurt like hell to breath and general movements. There's not a lot they can do except for wrap you up as far as I know.

Basically you will know if it's broke. If your "wondering" then it's highly unlikely you've broken a rib.
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Yeah don't freak out about it, if they hurt that bad just take it easy, the only reason I'd go to the docs if I were you would be for pain pills. They don't do much of anything if they are broken, and as long as your're not coughing up blood (punctured lung), you'll be fine in a few weeks.
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I bruised my ribs about a month ago and it still hasn't fully healed. At first I couldn't laugh/cough/breath deeply/roll over in bed without a jolt of pain. Like Milo said, I think if it's broken it will be pretty obvious to you.
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Old 01-03-2010, 01:43 AM   #6 (permalink)
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yea cracked my ribs falling off of a step down box last year, the part where i fell from was a good 4 feet off the ground and the way i landed on my side caused my ribs to crack near the sternum. then on the way down to the lodge to take a break i got run over by a little kid and landed almost the same way, you know, just for good measure. very painful especially the first few days. just take it easy, if the pain gets really really bad go to the doctor for pain meds and an x-ray, but be warned its gonna cost you a couple hundred bucks for them to just check you out and say "well heres some meds, just take it easy" and if your coughing up blood rush to the emergency room asap.
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Old 01-03-2010, 03:08 AM   #7 (permalink)
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cracked ribs and collapsed lungs... you can do nothing about. I did both at the same time :/
it just hurts to laugh, hurts to breath, when you breath deeply it makes you cough... which hurts even more
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yeah i think they may just be bruised. but it's weird that the pain hasn't diminished in a week yet. we'll see.
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:42 AM   #9 (permalink)
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LAst year took out my whole season broke 4 ribs worst pain ever!!!! Everytime you take a breath it hurts and dont get me started w/ hiccups. It took around 8-13 weeks to feel 100% I never want to go yhtrough that again.
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:50 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I am a mechanical engineer and I actually worked on a Rib Plating system at my old job, so I know a decent amount about how they treat it. In most cases, for a cracked rib, they don't do anything. It does hurt a good amount for awhile, but they normally just let it heal. The only time that they decide to go in and use titanium plates, such as the ones I worked on, is if a patient comes in as a trauma and has a completely collapsed chest wall. They will plate the ribs while trying to re-establish the chest cavity because it will make it more stable and allow the patient to heal much faster. At this point, rib plating is a fairly new procedure and it is not being used in all cases because under normal circumstances, your rib can heal on its own.
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