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Hi folks. Last Tuesday had an off road mountain bike crash, thrown from bike onto my left side. Spent 2 nights in hospital as the x-ray showed up a small pneumothorax. Lots of pain in the left side, they could not find broken ribs. Sent home after a second x-ray showed nothing getting worse. Now have prescription for Naproxen anti-inflammatory, Omeprazole (to offset what the Naproxen does to your tummy), and paracetemol. My job is home and desk based so sitting up and keeping still works, and try to remember to do breathing exercises. The nights are very difficult, I can only sleep in one position, on the right side, opposite to where the injury is. Spoke to a pharmacist when Friday night was pretty bad. They told me I could take Cocodomol for 3 days on a night time. That night I tripped on my garden path and pitched over a little, did not fall onto the side, but even that jolt alone set me back, took a while to get to sleep that night, and then was shattered and slept in bits going back off an hour or so at a time from 1am until midday the next day. I don't recall the last time I ever stayed in bed til midday. So that was yesterday. Last night stayed in bed for 6-7 hours and it felt marginally better today, though I can't do much really, any movements are painful.
At this point nearly a week later, I am seeing the doctor tonight. So would be grateful for advice on what I should cover with him. I can now pinpoint where the pain is more, so can point him to that, maybe he can feel it and get a better idea if there really is a cracked rib. Also my rib cage when i look down at my torse, and my wife looks at it is noticeably still more pronounced than the other side, as if the whole thing is shifted. As far as the pneumothorax is concerned I am not getting shortness of breath and as the second x-ray saw no decline the hospital view was this would naturally right itself now. I wish there was a way to make this less painful but I realise with ribs its just tough and takes time.
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