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   Posted 1/6/2012 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
hi i took a nasty fall in jujitsu where somebody landed on the rear of my rib cage , i heard something but xrays shows no breaks. i was in severe pain for the first 3 weeks couldnt lie down flat or get up without extreme pain .docter  put me on tramodol and anti inflamitrys sais i had bruised ribs . it as been 6 weeks now and the pain has lessend a lot but i still cant do anything physical it also seems to move from the back of my upper ribs to the front of my lower ribs ,also if i sneeze it go s right up my spine, i feel like its pushing in on my lungs front or back sometimes. i need to get back to work soon but im scared to do anything physical as it iritates it and im a bit worried because the pain moves around  and is in different places the area feels very fragile .could anyone shed some light on this and possibly healing times?could this possibly br a displaced rib or cartlidge problem it making my life miserable as i cant even pick my 4 month old daughter up , im a 37 year old man any advice would be much apprieciated

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   Posted 1/7/2012 4:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello …helpneedadvice!

Sorry to hear of your injury…and it reminds me of myself as I looked at your age. When I hit 38yrs old….I clearly remembered that I was no longer able to heal over night…and it took more time than I was used to. It was a real aggravation as I felt like I was Superman! tongue

Really…no one here is going to be able to tell you when you may heal, and to what extent your injury is. I might suggest going to get a second opinion, just to make sure the Dr didn't miss something. You sound like a pretty active guy…but your going to have to take it easy for a while.

Do you teach jujitsu for a living? I used to play baseball on a church league….and soon realized that in order to protect myself from a career changing injury…I was going to have to slow down a bit. I'm in no way telling you what to to…just food for thought…and actually it's probably a good way to stay in shape….but would be too rough for me at my age and shape! LOL

While you may not have broken anything…you may have really pulled and or stretched a few things from the fall….Im betting it will take quite a bit of time to heal.

Good luck, and take care,

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   Posted 1/7/2012 6:16 AM (GMT -6)   
no i dont teach just a student but thanks for the advice screaming eagle, today its moved on to my right rhomboid muscle being in spasm just cant work it out

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   Posted 1/7/2012 6:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Help, and welcome here.

I think as SE said, it's maybe worth getting a second opinion. Bruised ribs can be very painful but I don't think it should be still as bad as you say after this long. Broken ribs don't always show up on x-ray - especially if there are only small cracks along the rib bone rather than across it, and the x-rays were taken soon after the injury (which is before the bone has begun to form a callus - the thing that heals the bone back together). It's unlikely to make your treatment any different if you have broken something - unfortunately there isn't much they can do broken ribs other than pain meds and rest - but a second opinion to rule it in or out might help your peace of mind.

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   Posted 1/7/2012 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Help, I would either get back in to see my dr or get another opinion. Rib injuries are boogers to begin with and very painful. For whatever reason they seem to take longer to heal. Use to drs put people in rib belts but they have quit that practice. You may try to wrap yourself and see if the pressure of the wrap gives you any relief.

Let us know how you are coming along.
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   Posted 1/7/2012 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks people going to the docs monday
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