Lost it "landing" a 25ft tabletop a week ago.
They reckon I've cracked any, or none, of up to 4 ribs.
Still hurts. Lots. Like you say, especially in the morning. Mine are keeping me awake most of the night & waking me up if I move when asleep.
Had a sneezing fit this morning, thought I was going to die.
5 weeks? That's not cheered me up at all.
I'm going to try a little 15 mile xc loop on Weds, wheels on the ground stuff! The doctor said to keep mobile & deep breathing so xc sounds perfect!
Rest is good; I run a pub & have done a 60 hour week this week, all the bending, stetching, lifting, pint-pulling etc is not helping at all.
Apparently you need to make sure you cough & sneeze, even though it hurts, as if you hold it in because of the pain, you'll be at risk of chest infection. Quite common apparently for rib injurys to become chest infections.