Hi. I just joined this site hoping to get some insight as to what I can do to help stop (the most excruciating I have yet to experience) pain before I see the Dr. tomorrow morning...a couple months ago, I coughed and felt like I broke a rib. Went to my Dr., had xrays, she couldn't see a break. Upon going back to the hospital for something else a few months later, they took a chest xray and said, "Did you know you had a broken rib that healed?" Well yeah, I knew...ha ha
At any rate, I joined a gym a few months ago to avoid more injuries like this, and have been going steadily 3 or 4 times a week. 2 weeks ago, again I coughed and was in a weird position, and hear a little pop in my right side. Didn't hurt too bad so I kept going to the gym, but now I think that only exacerbated it. Sunday night, got up off the bed and coughed and OMG I almost passed out..felt another crack deep in me, and now my right side muscles are totally ripped up and hurt like hell. I went to the emergency room, the took xrays, again couldn't see any breaks, but I know they're there!!!
They gave me percocet and that isn't doing anything but making me nauseous. (Yes, I took it with food.) And I know to ask my Dr. about osteoporosis (sp?) tomorrow, as my ribs shouldn't be cracking like they are.
Anyway, bottom line --- should I use ice off and on, or heat? Should I try to stretch a little?
Can anyone help me out?
Thanks in advance.