Fractured/bruised ribs

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I fractured/bruised my ribs just over four weeks ago.  Can anyone that has fractured their ribs chat to me about this ?  Ty

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    I have fractured ribs several times and know how very painful they can.   Take regular pain meds and keep moving.  They can take around six weeks to heal.
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      Thank you for your reply.  Can I ask you,  did the area where you fractured your ribs feel tight ?  Also I keep feeling as though I have to keep breathing deeply don't know if it's because it is making me feel anxious or if this just happens.  Did it happen to you ? Tina

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      When you injured yourself you probably damaged or bruised the muscles (intercostal) in between which could be why breathing is difficult and painful. In times gone by they used to bind the chest to aid healing but this is rarely done now as it prevents you breathing properly and leaves you at risk of pneumonia and other chest infections.  If you are anxious you tend to breathe rapidly and shallow.  I'm not a doctor (I'm a nurse) but maybe you would be reassured by talking to your GP?

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      Thank you Valhalla.  Very helpful.  You said that you have fractured your ribs several times.  Does this mean that once you have done it that it is easier for this to happen again ? 
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       Not necessarily, it's just that I don't have an awful lot of flesh on my chest to protect my ribs! 

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