Fell over, caught my rib cage on the corner of a bit of furniture, and I have a broken rib. I'm skinny enough that you can see that it's broken... :/ Day 3 today. Lots of swearing has happened!
I haven't been to A&E as the treatment is just painkillers, mix of rest and movement. (I broke 3 in my 20s).
The main risk is of chest infection or pneumonia from not breathing deeply and suppressing mucus clearance and cough - so I'm trying to make sure I breathe nice and deeply from time to time. I can just about take my inhalers.
I've got a GP appt in a week, and they'll see me sooner if I need it - just wondered if anyone has any tips for helping to avoid succumbing to the dreaded pneumonia?
I'm not super-tight but my partner says I'm definitely not breathing normally.
I can't do a peak-flow, so can't really track things that way.
Was wondering whether I should neb daily - it would probably loosen things up and make me cough up any crap that is collecting. I've got backup abx if I spike a temp or cough up anything weird. I'm trying to take enough painkillers to be able to breathe, but not so much codeine that I suppress any cough...
Anyone been through the same? Got any thoughts / tips on minimising the impact on my lungs?