- Broke a rib… how bloody long does it take to heal!?!?
Yes, twice, both bike related, one from hitting a badger on a night ride. Yes badger was fine :roll:. Lots of discomfort for 5 to 6 weeks unfortunately. Painkillers are good. Hospital said I was the first bike/ badger incident they had had !! didnt help the pain mind you.Posted 4 years agogonetothehillsSubscriber
Lord knows. Came off at Cannock – first weekend in February and it’s only just now that my ribs are starting to ease up. The sister at the docs prescribed a couple of ibuprofen three times a day for a few weeks to help with the soft tissue damage (no idea if mine were broken) but it’s twisting / stretching / turning that still does mine.
So saying – it must be 6 weeks now and it’s heaps better. The irony is, I had an entry for HTN the week after I did this and had to give it to a mate.Posted 4 years agoThrustyjustMember
I wish Baldman. Every bit of paperwork was infested with pictures of badgers when I eventually got back to work a couple of days after !!! I was first on the descent on a gravel track at about 25 mph and it came out the bushes on my left and I didnt have enough time to avoid it. Mates thought it was a firework display with my lights flashing and bouncing in the trees.They found my bike in the trail, I was in a ditch.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Varies a lot, both in time to heal and bloody awfulness while it’s doing it. Only advice I have is a) don’t get a cold (but I always, always do), b) get to the doctor for some proper painkillers, the strong diclofenac is helpful and c) if you have trouble sleeping, try a seating position- seems to be changing from vertical to horizontal puts different pressures on the healing bones, sitting upright in a chair or a nest of pillows gives a relatively good night.
Oh and also d) try not to break your ribs.Posted 4 years agojimificationMember
I never found out whether mine was broken or sprained as they wouldn’t X-ray it. (it makes little difference anyway as treatment is the same – nothing!)
A&E doctor said: “it’s broken, don’t ride your bike for 6 weeks”. GP said: “It’s sprained, you can ride your bike as long as it doesn’t hurt too much”. So I decided that A&E guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about 😉
It was much better after 2 weeks and completely better after 6. Actually after 2 weeks it was pretty much fine except for lying down and sneezing (you sneeze a lot more with a broken rib, **** knows why!) No symptoms since.
2 tips: as above, they told me in A&E you mustn’t just take shallow breaths as you can get an infection. and if you think you’re going to sneeze, tuck your arms in to brace your rib cage and mutter: “oh crap!…”Posted 4 years agoMicArmsMember
I did mine on Friday night while Taetwondo sparring . Feckity **** ****.. I feel the OP’s pain. Couple of cracked ribs, on co codamal and diclafenic.Posted 4 years ago
Remember that nurse said the painkillers would make me constipated.
Understatement of the year. now feels like I’m splitting in two from my stomach now. So today’s treat is no pain relief while I attempt to give birth to an anoconda. While trying not to strain!!!
If anyone needs me, I’ll be in the corner crying..
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