- Chest pain 3 weeks after falling off – what to do?
sounds like one of bruised / sprained / broken ribs.
any of those I’d expect to be hurting 3 weeks after the event… sprained or broken, you’ll probably still be feeling after 2-3 months in my experience.
I’ve bashed myself in the ribs a lot… probably about 8 rib breaks, and another few that have been bad spraining of the muscles between… last one was when I took a saddle in the stomach in the alps at the start of August, it just clipped the floating bottom rib on my RHS – still can’t lie comfortably on that side.
DavePosted 6 years ago
fell off on top of a raised section, as a result my chest hit the edge of the raised mound of earth before my weight was taken by my hands which were lower down. Bit of an ‘ooooof’ as air forced out of my lungs and some discomfort but finshed the ride.
followign day hurt (a lot) if I coughed sneezed or laughed but this settled down over the next few days. There was never any visible bruising.
I went to see my GP after a week as it wans’t really getting any better – still hurts if I breathe too deeply reach my arm over head height or cough quickly. He squeezed my chest and said he didn’t think it was broken and to just keep my arm moving and give it time.
So, a week+ later I’m still unable to lay on that side, and the above symptoms still apply – there’s two ‘sore points’ about 8 inches apart on my left rib cage – one at the bottom and one just under my armpit.
Do I just give it more time or look to get some physio?
Not riding is getting to be a bit of a pain 🙁Posted 6 years ago
I’ve been ridign around town a bit and it’s not too bad as long as I don;t pull on the bars too much going up hills so that’s helped with breathing and been careful to keep breathing deeply when I’m working – as you say, you subconsiously breathe shallowly and end up getting a bit phlegmy.Posted 6 years ago
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