Fell off my BMX bike, and landed on my side and elbow, need help!

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I was at the skate park, riding my BMX bike. I was going to try to gap a jump, and I "choked" and made me bike go crooked in midair. Landed crooked, swerved left, then right, getting thrown off my bike when I went right, landing on my left elbow and side of my body. I am a little chubby, so I have the "single jellyroll"/"Muffintop". My elbow got road rash, but we are treating that with neosporin. My side though has been hurting any time anything touches it, but no visible damage. My side also hurts when i jump. It's not a super bad pain, on a scale from 1-10 (10 being I can't deal with it), I'd say it is a 2-4. Just the "muffintop" part of my side, not anything near the top of my side, just the bottom part of it. The park I was at is a concrete park. When I landed on the ground, I just turned so I was sitting on my butt, and was breathing hard for about 1-2 minutes. I had gotten the wind knocked out of me.

I need help, knowing if there is anything wrong with my side. There is not even a bruise. Not swollen either. Not even any marks.

P.S. I am 16 and i was wearing a shirt, and don't wear elbow pads, knee pads, or a helmet.

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    I would wait a week and see if the injury goes away; if it is on a scale of 2-4 it may heal of its own.  If it doesn't or gets worse after this time, then I would see your doctor and ask to be referred for an X-Ray or go to A&E.
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    I would stay off your bike and don't exert yourself too much in case you strain the injury more.  I have quite a few old injuries that I sustained both as a student and when I was going to work.  Being young, I didn't get any treatment because I thought I was invincible and as a result, damp weather brings them back to the surface from time to time.
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    Hi Rocketguyw

    You took a hard knock so will be sore and hurt especially if you are weighty as you describe...if there is no swelling or bruising there is nothing to worry about....but if you are still sore in a week, as previously advised by the other replies, go to your local A & E...

    As a word of caution it would make sense to wear the protective equipment....especially a helmet!!

    .....best wishes....

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    Hi rocketguyw;   I know I am appearing pedantic......but am trying to work out Exactly " what part of your side hurts"?    I am a bit older and not sure what you mean by "muffintop" area?   If you are saying "just under your Rib-Cage" either left or right side?......did either of these areas Hit the handle bars as you went over?........it is a common area to hit, and you ?may have some internal bleed/bruising?????.......I think you should only worry if the pain Increases over next few days, instead of decreasing........are you making use of Hot packs, followed by 10 minutes of Cold packs/other way around???..............the cold packs should relieve the pain/stop any bleed is there is any.....and then hot pack to relax the muscles........I really want you to make use of Cold packs over next couple of days....wrap a frozen pack of peas (or something similar), wrapped in a cotton tea-towel, and place over the sore areas.....10 minutes at a time every half hour to an hour..............if you feel this doesn't help, and gets worse, you should see your GP/primary carer (if this does become necessary, hopefully they will order a scan of area???).........should the area be over rib-cage, are you having trouble/pain breathing?   does it feel like a sharp pain on breathing in?.....if this is so, then an x-ray of ribs would be a good idea...I know you say the pain is only 2-4, but that reflects "how you feel"....not how bad the injury is....everyone has different pain thresholds, and the scale is used to understand what/if you need stronger pain relief, not how bad the injury is.........good luck and let us know how you get on?......................Bron
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