Ribs: Broken, or just bruised??

LoriKTM

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Towards the end of my second lap at a harescrambles yesterday, I lost the front end and landed on a rock. The rock hit in the vicinity of my left kidney, and the chest protector didn't cover it (but the kidney belt did). Someone picked my bike up, and after a couple minutes I got up and got back on and finished the lap. I knew adrenaline was keeping the pain down, but I called it a day knowing that I was going to hurt later. And it did.

Now I have a big purple bruise on my thigh, but no visible bruise on the ribs. The area is sore to the touch, and if I twist in certain ways, plust I get a fairly sharp pain if I sneeze. Otherwise, it is more of a constant dull ache/pain.

I know that the doctors can't really do anything, except take an X-ray and tell me whether it is broken or not. Knowing that, I don't see the point in visiting the doctor, but I'm keeping an eye on it.

I know you guys have been there before, how do broken ribs feel compared to bruised ribs??
 

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Been there. A bruised or cracked rib could cause what your describing a broke one for sure. You REALLY should go see the doc to get it looked at if it doesn't subside in the next day or two because a broke rib could do some damage to other pieces inside of LoriKTM, where a crack as long as it's allowed to heal will just be painful if you sneeze, laugh, etc...

Get it checked out DW is near.:D
 

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I broke 4 ribs along time ago and I do remember that I could actually feel them move whenever I coughed,sneezed or laughed and there was lots of pain. You might be lucky and only have a bruise, but be care just the same.
 

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Sorry to hear about your crash Lori. Bruised or cracked ribs= no fun :(
Can you sneeze or cough without pain?
When I cracked a rib or two I couldn't do either of these without some serious pain. A doctors visit wouldn't be a bad idea.
It took about 2 weeks for my pain to go away.
Good luck in your recovery.
 

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Lori,
In case you haven’t already decided, go get it checked out. Papa’s right, when I bruised some ribs, I couldn’t breath with out lots of pain, let alone sneeze or laugh. The way you described the fall, you may have injured something else besides the ribs.

Let us know what the DOCTOR says
 

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I appreciate the concern, everyone. (Geez, you guys are a bunch of worry warts!)
I wanted to give it a couple days for the after-race soreness and tiredness to go away before I jumped to conclusions.

Yes, I get a twinge when I sneeze or cough (or laugh). I can breathe pretty well, although there is some soreness with deep breathing. I wouldn't consider it a LOT of pain, though, mostly uncomfortable.

I just need a good excuse for the doctor (falling off the ladder was Dave's idea, but I'm not partial to ladders!) Unfortunately, I don't want to be told that I can't ride for 6 weeks, if it really is broken. :(
 
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Same thing happened to me a month ago. I never did go to the doctor and the pain from deep breathing went away after about a week. No bruising or discoloration. Next time I will definitely go to the emergency room just to be safe.

The pain was as you described. Not horribly painful but uncomfortable with deep breathing or sneezing and sleeping on my back.

I did a long ride two weeks after it happened with no pain during or after the ride.
 

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Originally posted by LoriKTM
[B, I don't want to be told that I can't ride for 6 weeks, if it really is broken. :( [/B]
You need to know for sure,Lori

Yours truly

Waldo the worry wart
 

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Originally posted by JPIVEY


You need to know for sure,Lori

Yours truly

Waldo the worry wart
LOL! (ooh, ugh, don't make me laugh! ;) )
 

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When I had a bad crash at my first race, I was sure my ribs were broken. When he told me "no" I didn't believe him and asked him why without x-rays did he know they wern't broken. He told me that with ribs you can actually feel each individual one and press down on them, obviously if they move, or causes great pain it is broken or cracked. He put his hand on my ribs and was feeling it, and made me do the same, he said "see you can feel that it is there" He also told me if they were broken I would have some hard time breathing, sneezing, and laughing and it would be a sharp pain, not the ouch this hurts while laughing and saying "did you see me go over the bars?" that was going on by me. He told me to rest up stay off the bike for a few days, put some ice on it and I should be fine in a day or so. My ribs were bruised and I had some limited movement, and it was a little difficult to walk for a day, but I was feeling better by the end of the week.

Hope you get better soon. :)
 

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Lori - I had a hard get off in January, before the VD ride here. Yes, I am sure my ribs were broken/bruised. I took two weekends off of riding, started back a little tenative, and raced 5 weeks afterward. My ribs still hurt during the race, just not so bad. I did not go see a Dr. And I have GREAT insurance (considering that IS what I do for a living)! You're call! :think
 

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Be worth it to go to the doc just in case there is some other freak internal injury. A month ago I went over the bars, bruised some ribs, the clavical and tore up my rotator cuff... still uncomfortable to sleep, sneeze, etc... But the rotator cuff is coming around. Getting old SUCKS!!! Go to the doc.

Other than on this board, you don't get any sypathy for bruised ribs and things... no cast, no sling, no scar, people think you're making it up... :( I think I'd feel better if I got more sypmathy :)

*note to self* get a fake arm cast from a novely shop... A bruised rib, unfortunately, is the dieters euivalent of losing one pound. Nobody notices and you get no credit for the effort or pain :confused:
 
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NAH!

I seriously doubt you have sererated, cracked or broken any ribs. The pain would be very great and to cough, sneeze, twist or take a good ......... would be unbearable. However it never hurts to get a professional opinion ie x-rays.

Good luck
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After going over a jump without my bike , getting run over and hit with handlebars I broke 2 ribs. Guy in front of me kicked out my front wheel on top of a jump. The doctor did nothing, just said yep they are broke. Six month later they started feeling better. They don't tape them anymore.

Lori did you check with your insurance. I can tell the doctor it happened on a motorcycle but not in a race.
 
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Sorry to hear it !

Lori , I also doubt that you broke any ribs .The bottom 4 ribs are " floating " ribs ,meaning they are not conected the the sternum . They are also quite flexable . Bruised ribs do hurt like hell as does a bruised kidney , they also take quite a long time to feel normal .:( That being said ,get to the Doc and have it checked out , he/she may want you on anti-inflamatorys (sp) , or give some good pain meds . Hope your back on the bike soon .
 
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