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rib injury - is it broken?

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Mar 2015
4:14pm, 13 Mar 2015
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Stumpy
OK, so I've had the cold/cough/bug from hell for WEEKS now. violent coughing, to the point of vomiting most days for about 10 days, although no vomiting for nearly a week now, but the cough is still pretty bad.

about a week ago i had some rib pain. it coincided with the GP appointment where we determined no chest infection, but infected sinuses. and he said i'd probably pulled intercostal muscles. fair enough.

anyway, rib pain suddenly worsened yesterday. sharp pain on anything more than shallow breathing. so coughing is agony - have to brace myself and hold my ribs. on the right it's just muscular. but on the left it is the actual rib/bone that hurts (a lot) and the whole area is hot and tender, with one spot on the ribs VERY sensitive. anything brushes against it makes me yelp.

is it possible to break a rib coughing?

how would i know whether it's broken and what can i do to help it? don't want to bother the GP again if i don't need to. but how long is this going to hurt?
Mar 2015
4:19pm, 13 Mar 2015
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Littlefoot
I have forwarded your request to a friend of mine who is a GP at Harley Street. I will let you know what she says.
Mar 2015
4:22pm, 13 Mar 2015
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Stumpy
thank you!
Ted
Mar 2015
4:23pm, 13 Mar 2015
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Ted
That sounds srs. Certainly sound like an owie!
Mar 2015
4:25pm, 13 Mar 2015
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plodding hippo
unless you have severe osteoporosis it would be pretty difficult to break a rib simply from coughing
Even if you had fallen and broken it, there would be nothing to do anyway
Regular painkillers is the way forward
But it does sound as though you need your chest listening to again
You might now have an infection/pleurisy
Mar 2015
4:26pm, 13 Mar 2015
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plodding hippo
Have you been vaccinated for whooping cough BTW
Sounds like the evil thing I had in 2012
Mar 2015
4:36pm, 13 Mar 2015
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Stumpy
oooh. regular painkillers I can do.

thanks, Hipps. maybe i do need to go back and bother the doctor again..... i was vaccinated against whooping cough when I was pregnant in 2012.

and ted, yep, pretty ouchy.

and am really annoyed that the last 8 months or so of training is for nothing. reading half next weekend, but haven't been able to run for nearly 4 weeks. and don't know when i will. certainly not up to a half in a week.

then i had another race mid april and another beginning of may. really annoyed that good, consistent training was for nothing.
Mar 2015
4:41pm, 13 Mar 2015
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colettedeann
my son was vaccinated against whooping cough and developed whooping cough 'cough' - eventually sent to a specialist after a few months and had chest x-rays which came back clear and then blood test - they said he had a different strain of whooping cough (which i didn't know existed) but not the pertussis one he was vaccinated against
Mar 2015
4:46pm, 13 Mar 2015
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Littlefoot
I was vaccinated against whooping cough as a child and then I got it anyway, albeit not that severely.
Mar 2015
5:23pm, 13 Mar 2015
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Flatlander
Whooping Cough vaccination offers immunity against only the more severe Bordetella pertussis, but not against the less severe Bordetella parapertussis.
It's quite possible that an intercostal muscle has been torn by the violent coughing.
The hot tender spot indicates inflammation, which could be due to muscle damage or infection, so another GP visit could be worthwhile.

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