Cracked / bruised ribs - OUCH!

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FarleyUKFarleyUK Frets: 507
Interesting night at Judo tonight.... Loads of new people of different grades there. We partnered up for the sparring, some guy threw me, landed on me..... And then my ribs made a very painful (and loud) cracking and popping noise.

Just spent 4 hours in minor injuries unit (as our town got rid of the a and e...), only to be told there's 'probably' nothing sinister going on, and the ribs are probably just cracked and bruised.

Oh, and got some strong painkillers.

Not too sure what to think of that diagnosis... It bloody hurts, and taking a deep breath, coughing, crouching etc. all really hurt.

Anyone else had the joy of rib injuries?
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  • AnchorboyAnchorboy Frets: 131
    Yep - have broken my ribs a few times .. initially years ago playing rugby and more recently surfing on the North Coast of Ireland. Bloody sore and not much you can do other than eat pain killers like Smarties. My advice is keep coughing as this helps move air round your lungs and wards off infection forming. @FarleyUK ;

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  • CHRISB50CHRISB50 Frets: 1966
    Yes. Three times I think. 

    Not a a lot you can do, apart from try not make them hurt. 

    Hope you feel better soon. 

    I can't help about the shape I'm in, I can't sing I ain't pretty and my legs are thin

    But don't ask me what I think of you, I might not give the answer that you want me to

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  • Yeah I’ve had cracked ribs, it hurts. Hope you have a speedy recovery
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  • FarleyUKFarleyUK Frets: 507
    That was an interesting night's sleep. By 'sleep', I actually mean 'staying in one position as much as possible and trying not to move as it hurts '.

    Going to take myself to A and E shortly, would like to get an X ray on it. It's swollen quite a bit and getting sharp pains round the back now.

    Bugger!
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 34725
    Yes, when I was 15, on an army cadet assault course - I slipped and fell onto the end of one of the upright logs in a pond that you’re meant to run across. Broke three.

    The first doctor I saw thought it was indigestion despite having been told what had happened! When the pain unsurprisingly didn’t get better after a couple of days, luckily the second one had more sense and sent me to the hospital.

    Of course I tripped over and broke some more bones last year too. Much worse this time. I suppose at least there was a gap of 36 years...
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • HAL9000HAL9000 Frets: 4257
    Yep. Tripped going up some steps and hit a rib on the angled bit of a step. Nothing to be done but very painful for a week or two. Probably took about six weeks to fully recover.
    It might look like I'm listening to you, but in my head I'm playing my guitar.
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  • Almost impossible to sleep at night with bruised ribs.
      If you have a garden reclining chair bring it indoors and sleep in that on yer back.
      Easier to get out of than a bed as well.
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  • FreebirdFreebird Frets: 1082
    edited January 11
    Avoid funny jokes, although any comedy from the BBC should be fine..
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  • ThorpyFXThorpyFX Frets: 4362
    Yup, broke mine just before doing my Counter IEDD course. Thankfully the bomb suit held my ribs together... bloody agony though and all the day to day humour hurt more than I can describe.....

    drink lots of milk,
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  • hywelghywelg Frets: 1601
    Yes I broke two ribs in a windsurfing accident at speed, guy coming towards me didn't know the rules and I was on port(he had right of way). I bore away to leave the path clear for him but he did the same and rammed me his boom hitting me in the back. 

    Everything felt fine whilst I was in the water and he went on his way but as soon as I got up onto the board it was very painful and I had to call the rescue boat. 

    There's nothing they can do for cracked ribs, just painkillers, but do keep an eye out for blood in your urine. 
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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 19925
    Had a motorcycle accident a few years ago where I cracked my ribs.
    Breathing was a major difficulty.
    I am the juice of four limes.
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  • grungebobgrungebob Frets: 1198
    edited January 11
    Fell down stairs and broke two. It hurts but others have said nothing really to be done.
    Codeine and tramadol (If you can get it) works wonders though not at the same time!
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  • MoominpapaMoominpapa Frets: 605
    Freebird said:
    Avoid funny jokes, although any comedy from the BBC should be fine..
    I gave you a LOL 'cos it made me chuckle. But then I realised: if it made me chuckle, it probably caused pain to the OP. So, shame on you! ;)
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  • FarleyUKFarleyUK Frets: 507
    Cheers all - just back from the nearest A&E - they've confirmed a minimum of three fractured ribs. Couldn't do an X ray due to the location, but been given breathing exercises and stronger painkillers.

    No martial arts for at least 6 weeks though ☹️☹️
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  • DannyPDannyP Frets: 836
    It is horrible.

    They just gave me diclofenac to take - it didn't even touch the sides (pun intended).
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  • Done the same side on two occasions. Co-codamol and diclofenac cocktail worked a treat, as did not moving or laughing at all.
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  • BlaendulaisBlaendulais Frets: 911
    Studies show people with fractured ribs do not live as long as people who havent broken them......

    Done it several times. Agony.  sadly painkillers help but manning up is the answer.  =)
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  • FarleyUKFarleyUK Frets: 507
    Studies show people with fractured ribs do not live as long as people who havent broken them......

    Done it several times. Agony.  sadly painkillers help but manning up is the answer.  =)
    Wow, I bet you're fun at parties.
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  • BlaendulaisBlaendulais Frets: 911
    FarleyUK said:
    Studies show people with fractured ribs do not live as long as people who havent broken them......

    Done it several times. Agony.  sadly painkillers help but manning up is the answer.  =)
    Wow, I bet you're fun at parties.
    Funny, people never want to talk to me and call me sad serious bastard i wonder why
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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 1218
    Yep - I've had them a couple of times from Karate.

    Best advice is avoid going to a comedy club for a few weeks.
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  • thomasross20thomasross20 Frets: 3716
    Ouch indeed!!! Sorry to hear that.. I can't begin to imagine the pain
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  • menamestommenamestom Frets: 2470

    Yes, 3 times.

    Football, football, boxing.

    Broken not too bad, bruised ot torn between the ribs can be a long painful injury.  I feel for you, all the best.
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  • markblagdonmarkblagdon Frets: 867
    Yep, did mine playing 6 a side footy, some fat bloke landed on me. Just wait until you need to push a poo out- agony!!
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  • sev112sev112 Frets: 411
    Yeah did it this summer on holiday.
    spent a week sleeping in armchair downstairs, cushions and duvet to prop me up. 
    Most of pain went after a week, the uncomfortableness within 2 to 3 weeks, but could still notice the odd spasm several months later.
    doesntt matter if broken or not I understand d

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  • grungebobgrungebob Frets: 1198
    Time to move to BJJ from judo. 
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  • grungebob said:
    Time to move to BJJ from judo. 
    I’ve just gone in the other direction! oops. 

    Ive broken ribs on several occasions doing different things- MMA, Kickboxing, BJJ, Lacrosse & falling off my bike to name a few. I’m sure Judo will be added to the list eventually. 

    I recommend- painkillers, rest, & deep breathing to stretch things a bit. 
    I don’t recommend laughing, being jumped on by a toddler or catching a cough!
    The cough I caught with cracked ribs was the most painful week of my life.
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  • NunogilbertoNunogilberto Frets: 1394
    I’m recovering from a fractured rib/toe now, funnily enough - I came off my motorbike in mid December and had the injuries confirmed the following day. The toe injury was more of a pain as I had to wear one of those moon boot sandal things for about 4 weeks (stopped wearing it yesterday) and couldn’t drive. That said, I had the painkillers to combat the pain when coughing, turning, stretching, laughing etc...
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  • MajorscaleMajorscale Frets: 740
    Twice fractured mine, both from mountain biking incidents... hurts like hell.
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  • NiteflyNitefly Frets: 2244
    And they say exercise is good for you!  :o

    Did anyone bring the petits-fours?
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  • Nitefly said:
    And they say exercise is good for you!  :o

    Do they? Whenever I get injured MrsLostSon responds with 
    "Well, if you will do stupid sports..."
    Sympathy? What's that?
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