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Posted: 5/17/2003 1:19:51 AM EDT
Sneezing laughing and coughing just aint the same!!! [>(] BIG
Link Posted: 5/17/2003 1:23:49 AM EDT
It took me three weeks, wrap your rib cage and restrict heavy breathing and your lungs expanding, this will help. That is how I was back in action in three weeks. I know the pain, my condolences.
Link Posted: 5/17/2003 4:43:08 AM EDT
Ditto on the 3-4 weeks. Avoiding the deep breathing and laughing in such will help the inflamation to go away faster. Try advil liquid gels (doc recommened them to me to reduce bone/joint inflamation), they work fairly well for moderate pain. 600-800 miligrams 2X a day is what I was told, but ALWAYS consult you doctor before taking medical advice on the internet [;)] I cracked a few about 4 years back snowboarding, and then when I snapped my clavical like a twig. I know the feeling. Best of luck!
Link Posted: 5/17/2003 4:47:09 AM EDT
It depends on what you consider healed. If you mean "pain free" then it can take a long time. I broke three of them in a moto-x crash and it hurt to sneeze for years afterwards. But I was back to doing normal stuff without hurting in about a month.
Link Posted: 5/17/2003 4:55:03 AM EDT
It took me about 10 weeks to get back to normal at work. Took the first 4 weeks off. I have a pretty physically demanding job. I hear you about the pain, it sucks. Can't get into any comfortable position and a good nights sleep is impossible.
Link Posted: 5/17/2003 5:09:37 AM EDT
Link Posted: 5/17/2003 8:21:38 AM EDT
I can also attest that broken ribs SUCK. Stay away from friends, they may make you laugh.
Link Posted: 5/17/2003 8:59:09 AM EDT
It seems like an eternity
Link Posted: 5/17/2003 11:21:22 AM EDT
A family member says it gives a new meaning to pain when you sneeze.
Link Posted: 5/17/2003 11:25:02 AM EDT
Is it a cracked rib or torn carthlidge? Both hurt like a SOB and are hard to heal. If you have to cough or sneeze try pressing a pillow into your abs to help relieve the pressure. Sgtar15
Link Posted: 5/17/2003 11:33:00 AM EDT
9 weeks, in my case (two times).
Link Posted: 5/17/2003 12:02:00 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/17/2003 12:09:34 PM EDT
It really depends on what kind,and how much PAIN meds you can get your hands on!
Link Posted: 5/17/2003 12:15:32 PM EDT
I broke my ribs in college in a rugby game, and it took me quite a while to become pain free. There's nothing worse than sneezing or laughing when you have broken ribs.
Link Posted: 5/17/2003 2:01:43 PM EDT
Generally speaking, ribs will heal within 4-6 weeks, pain can persist for 3-4 months. I would not restrict deep breathing too much, because expanding the lungs will help prevent pneumonia and or infection. As well non-steroidal anti inflammatory medications (naproxen/aspirin and ibuprofen) can actually slow bone healing. I would use Tylenol or a generic for pain.
Link Posted: 5/18/2003 5:07:02 PM EDT
I got them exrayed they are broken not just cracked like I was hoping!!! Thank you all for the advise/info and thanks even more for the lack of any good jokes on this thread!!!! [;)] BIG
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