- Possible cracked ribs – visit to A&E?
Front wheel washed out on a root on sunday, went down hard on my side and been in discomfort ever since, especially when I cough or sneeze.
I’m of the opinion that given they couldn’t do anything anyway, so theres not much point in getting it checked out, but people are suggesting I should.
Whats the STW consensus, pop along and wait for a few hours for an xray, or MTFU and take a few painkillers?Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
As above, worth getting a prescription for better painkillers- no mtfu about it, it’ll help you sleep and function and make full breathing easier all of which is good for the healing.
Sleeping sitting up can be helpful too, though be a wee bit careful- last time, I built myself a sort of nest in bed out of spare pillows and a duvet, had the best night’s sleep i’d had for a week, then discovered I couldn’t get out in the morning 😆Posted 4 years agoDracSubscribergazcMember
probably not A&E if its just discomfort like you say. when i did mine i had internal bleeding too which needed a hospital stay but i could barely stand up even with help never mind walk! so if you can carry on maybe see the doc about getting better painkillers till it heals up. good luck!Posted 4 years agoI_AcheMember
I go to A&E when I do my ribs (twice in the past 12 months) because they give me some nice strong pain killers and I don’t have to pay the prescription charge.
Last time they were more worried about the possibility of a punctured lung rather than the broken ribs.
Best thing I did was get back to doing normal stuff as soon as you can. If you just sit on your arse your ribs wont heal properly and will hurt long term. Take some pain killers and just go riding etc.Posted 4 years agoPimpmaster JazzMember
Pretty much all of the above. If you’re short of breath / wheezing go to A&E, if you’re not but worried go to a walk-in or call NHS direct.
Not a lot you can do otherwise other than rest, carry on as normal where possible, take pain relief and anti-inflams (although one doctor I’ve met doesn’t like them as they impede the body’s natural healing, of which swelling is part).
I’ve done it more times than I care to remember. 😉Posted 4 years agonickjbSubscriber
Just to add. If you do want it checked out, don’t go to A&E, go to the local minor injuries unit. They seem much better geared up for these sorts of injuries and it’ll put less strain on A&E. They are a great middle ground for getting knocks and sprains sorted out and should be promoted more.Posted 4 years agofrankiMember
I’ve never bothered and I’ve knackered ribs a few times.
My brother had a huge off in the Peak District though and had to go to hospital with bust ribs. He had pretty bad internal bleeding.
One time I must have lay funny on the damaged ribs and woke up in the middle of the night in agony. I went to the bathroom to get some water and the next thing I new, I was coming round on the bathroom floor with my wife slapping my face…
Not a lot of fun cracked / broken ribs. 😥
In the main I ‘ve found it best to keep busy and try to distract your mind from the pain. Bedtime is the worst. I’ve always carried on working each time.Posted 4 years ago
Strange how they eventually suddenly seem to mend too – like almost overnight.dannyhMember
Not much point in going to A&E. They won’t X-ray you unless you are showing symptoms of something else caused by the ribs (like breathing difficulty – not just pain when breathing).
If they diagnose broken ribs there’s not much they can do for you anyway.
Find a way to manage the pain. The last time I did mine on a quick Sunday evening (solo :oops:) night ride.
I went to work the next day – just dosed up to the eyeballs on ibuprofen and paracetomol.
One thing – if you do happen to get a cold when your ribs are mending be careful! You must continue to cough through the pain as deliberately not coughing can lead to a chest infection.
Sneezing on the other hand is not funny. I nearly ended up on my knees in the office after that.Posted 4 years agonotmyrealnameSubscriber
If you’re short of breath / wheezing go to A&E, if you’re not but worried go to a walk-in or call NHS direct.
Whatever you do, don’t call NHS Redirect or 111, as soon as you mention that you’ve got some kind of chest pain, their alarm bells will start ringing and you’ll have an ambulance on it’s way to your house before you’ve even put the phone down 😯
If you can’t get an appointment with your GP, try your local minor injuries unit or walk in centre as they’ll be able to check you over and prescribe pain killers.Posted 4 years agoDezBSubscriber
Did the same a few years back. GP checked me out, was a popped rib. Can’t see that A&E will do any more for you than the GP. I’d be very surprised if they can prescribe you anything stronger than the doc.Posted 4 years ago
And why would anyone want to spend time in an A&E waiting room if they didn’t have to??thunderwingdoomslayerMember
I’ve done mine twice in two years and can only reiterate what others have said about coughing/sneezing in that if you feel one coming just brace yourself and do it as normal to avoid chest infections (imagine what an uncontrolable coughing fit due to infection would feel like!)Posted 4 years agodoug_basqueMTB.comSubscriber
Going against the flow here but get yourself down to AE. We have had two rib injuries in the past 12 months, (honestly we don’t get that many accidents!), and one guy I literally had to drag to AE because it was “only cracked ribs, they won’t do anything”. Both ended up being X-rayed and kept over night. One buy had broken 4 ribs which compromises the chest cavity and can cause sudden breathing failure. The other looked ok but his lung started collapsing and they had to operate. Both were fine in the end but if they hadn’t gone to hospital who knows. Get to hospital and let them tell you you are ok.Posted 4 years agoZaskar93Subscriber
+1 for Reluctant. Don’t get a cold or go overboard with the ground pepper for the next 8 -12 weeks or it’ll really hurt. I went OTB into a rocky gully at speed a couple of years ago and reckon (never clinically proved) I cracked or at least bruised some ribs and unless you feel really unwell or short of breath, coughing up blood etc. then there is sod all the doctors can do other than maybe give you some stronger painkillers; it’s going to take time and it will hurt. I checked my bike, got back on and finished the ride. Apart from trying to take it easy, which is not always easy in itself when you’ve got a small livestock farm to run as well as a full time job, I still managed to ride regularly until the pain subsided.Posted 4 years agodr_deathMember
OK, I’m an A&E doc so I suppose I should wade in to this with some sort of answer:
Rib fractures/breaks/cracks/damage to the bony bits/whatever you want to call it:
Nothing we can do to fix the broken bones/nothing needs doing to fix the broken bones, therefore firing masses of radiation at your chest is a bad thing. We will probably give you some decent painkillers (if you have been polite and not an arsehole).
Will take about 4-6 weeks to get better, probably get a bit worse before getting better and will occasionally get worse during the healing process when you sneeze/turn a bit quick.
Bruised chest wall/bruised ribs/whatever you want to call it:
As above, no treatment to fix it, no x-ray required, decent analgesia. May get a bit worse before it gets better, will take 3-4 weeks to get better.
Mutliple rib fractures (>4ish):
May well require some time in hospital as it will be **** painful and we might ask the nice anaesthetic doctors to put in some sort of nerve block.
Will leave you short of breath, will get an x-ray if we suspect it after looking/listening to you, and will probably require me to stick a great big drain in your chest to fix it (my fave ever procedure).
I think that about covers it….Posted 4 years agodr_deathMember
Oh, and I suppose I should cover the A&E/GP/Minor injuries bit as well:
A lot of minor injuries units will not do chest injuries as they don’t do chest/heads/some other stuff that can potentially kill you.
GP is a good bet as they can have a listen to your chest and punt you up to us for an X-ray if they think it is required.
A&E: We’ll turn our hands to almost anything, but bring a book if you ain’t dying…. (early mornings are quietest).
(Oh, and NEVER RING 111, ABOUT ANYTHING…..Posted 4 years ago
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