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    Are your ribs broken?

    Broke my ribs for the second time in a year. This latest episode isn't nearly the bonecrusher '07 was, but enough to put a serious cramp in my style (pun intended). I am able to ride, but bumps do not feel good - so it's roads and fireroads for me for awhile... 6-8 weeks, according to Kaiser. Last year I had to sleep in a chair for 2 weeks This time, I can't turn to my side or raise my arms without pain, but it's sufferable.

    Anyone else nursing this injury? How'z it going? Mend up!

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    I'm not nursing broken ribs now

    but I did a long time ago. I remember not being able to get up from a sitting position or laughing without crying. My friends kept cracking jokes and I became this serious guy, no laughing for me! Ouch!
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    Hi Stripes - I remember when you had that accident. Left rib and right wrist - you must have really gone pretzel on us!

    The weird contortions are really something. I have a very specific way to get in and out of bed now, rolling half over, hoisting myself up on my elbows and knees, shimmying off the bedside. I suppose it's kind of funny from the outside. I look like I'm initiating some animal mating ritual. Or directing bees to the nearest honeypot.

    And yes, speaking of being funny, laughing is no fun. Although I can snicker OK - just no bellylaughs. Which means no South Park, Reno 911, Fox & Friends...

    Pollen is nature's big joke on me now. Can't even put a number on how many sneezes I've had to stifle. Yowza!

    Oh the memories. Thanks for sharing.

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    Cracked my ribs in October and then fell again about 6 weeks ago onto the same place; not hard and onto a soft muddy field but nevertheless that was really OUCH. This time had X-Rays etc. so the break was confirmed but the treatment is no different...just rest. Sleeping sitting up for a while and now only on one side - rolling onto the other still wakes me up. Now I am thinking of getting back on the bike and wondering if I should get some body armour - any thoughts on that? Restricting myself to on-road would be last resort only.

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    I managed to break my ribs twice last year, first the right side and about 4 months later the left side. Pretty much sucked.
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    We won't even talk about laughing or coughing. Ow. Ow. Ow.
    Sneezing! I was almost healed up. I avoided sneezes by using a technique of pinching my noze and breathing real shallow. Well, there I was with my noze pinched, and the sneeze came anyway. All the sneeze reflected back against the ribs. 3-more weeks of pain for me!

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    no but thanks for asking

    no mine are not broken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jibboo
    Well, there I was with my noze pinched, and the sneeze came anyway. All the sneeze reflected back against the ribs. 3-more weeks of pain for me!

    Dave.
    OMG, you imploded. This is my biggest fear.

    Last night I was moving the cutting board over to the stovetop and bumped the whole dam thing against my rib. ROTF.

    Lucky for me, Schadenfreude eases the pain.

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    I broke mine about a week ago. After seven days, I feel about 5% better. WTF. I broke my tailbone this past Dec and now this. The thing about it is that after I took the tumble on a limestone downhill, I took the few seconds to get my breath and then I was off again riding. Felt bruised up but not too bad. When I got home that evening, dam the pain. I couldnt sleep on my right side. Popping Advil like crazy. I am in the Army, so I started by PT Mon, Tues, by Wed the pain had gotten worse. Doc told me no more excercise for me other than walking.
    I think I will try and hit the trail again next weekend, but will not be aggressive. Hell, today, I tried to max out the stationary bike at the gym (level 15, just one level short).

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    I had my ribs cracked. At night didn't see a stone behind a rock I rode over on the trail. Hit the stone and took an endo, landing on my chest, in a crushed frog position. It took 1 month to heal, seems to be the industrial standard for this kind of injury.

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