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Painful rib, when should/could I get back to running?

CitrusMaidenCitrusMaiden Posts: 45Member Member Posts: 45Member Member
Looking for someone with more knowledge than me. The title is almost enough for this entire thread, but Iast Sunday I woke up in the middle of the night because I was in pain, and since then I've been in pain. It's not as sharp as it was the first few days, but it's still very much there. It hurts when I breathe deep, it hurts when I walk, it hurts when I bend or twist, it hurts when I pick stuff up etc etc. It came from my coughing as I've had a cold, and I know I've had this before, many years ago, but back then I wasn't trying to be active.

When would it be safe to get back to running? Do I have to wait for it to be completely gone?

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  • LyndaBSSLyndaBSS Posts: 2,938Member, Premium Member Posts: 2,938Member, Premium Member
    Listen to your body. It's healing.

    If it tells you not to run, walk.

    Hope you feel better soon.
  • CitrusMaidenCitrusMaiden Posts: 45Member Member Posts: 45Member Member
    I will try to do that.

    Thank you, I hope this will pass soon.
  • lorrpblorrpb Posts: 10,434Member Member Posts: 10,434Member Member
    4 weeks for bruised ribs, 6 weeks for fracture. You might want to get X-rays and get checked out.
  • spiriteagle99spiriteagle99 Posts: 2,299Member Member Posts: 2,299Member Member
    I'd second the idea of going to a doctor. A friend has a rib that sometimes gets displaced. It can be put back in place so she doesn't seem to miss much time running. If it can get fixed, you'll be happier. If it is broken, you need to know that as well.
  • CitrusMaidenCitrusMaiden Posts: 45Member Member Posts: 45Member Member
    Atm I'm too poor to go to a doctor, and here they do not fix ribs, they just let them heal on their own. Since I've had this before I don't really feel too concerned, but I suppose if the pain is still there when I get my salary next week I might go.

    Most likely it is one of those muscles attached to the rib and not the actual rib, but ofc that's hard to know.

    Thank you all for the replies.
  • AliNouveauAliNouveau Posts: 31,523Member Member Posts: 31,523Member Member
    Be careful. I lived with what I thought was a pulled something in my ribs for about a year. Turns out it was related to my rotator cuff tear. So if it's recurring you are best to get checked out.

    You sound like you know what set it off though so it's probably just something Thet never fully healed but still you don't want to ignore things cause then you get to middle age and it's a case of what do we fix first
  • CitrusMaidenCitrusMaiden Posts: 45Member Member Posts: 45Member Member
    AliNouveau wrote: »
    Be careful. I lived with what I thought was a pulled something in my ribs for about a year. Turns out it was related to my rotator cuff tear. So if it's recurring you are best to get checked out.

    You sound like you know what set it off though so it's probably just something Thet never fully healed but still you don't want to ignore things cause then you get to middle age and it's a case of what do we fix first

    If they pain doesn't subside I will have it checked out. I am quite confident about what it is since I have had it before, yes, 12 year ago, and on the other side of the chest, so it is not in the same location.
  • aokoyeaokoye Posts: 2,504Member Member Posts: 2,504Member Member
    Atm I'm too poor to go to a doctor, and here they do not fix ribs, they just let them heal on their own. Since I've had this before I don't really feel too concerned, but I suppose if the pain is still there when I get my salary next week I might go.

    Most likely it is one of those muscles attached to the rib and not the actual rib, but ofc that's hard to know.

    Thank you all for the replies.

    That makes enough sense. I will say, I have a good friend who ended up ignoring the pain she was in from an intercostal muscle strain and ended up in physical therapy for a month and a half and an acquaintance who thought she had strained an intercostal muscle(s) but ended up having a broken rib (in her case a doctor misdiagnosed her and the second took a better set of xrays and saw that she'd broken her rib). Neither of these were from any major trauma from what I understand but a. one required more care doctors care than the other and b. both required a lot of rest.

    All that is to say, I would really err on the side of caution in terms of when to get back to running. Had the first person not ignored/exercised through the pain for so long, her recovery would have been shorter.
  • CitrusMaidenCitrusMaiden Posts: 45Member Member Posts: 45Member Member
    aokoye wrote: »
    Atm I'm too poor to go to a doctor, and here they do not fix ribs, they just let them heal on their own. Since I've had this before I don't really feel too concerned, but I suppose if the pain is still there when I get my salary next week I might go.

    Most likely it is one of those muscles attached to the rib and not the actual rib, but ofc that's hard to know.

    Thank you all for the replies.

    That makes enough sense. I will say, I have a good friend who ended up ignoring the pain she was in from an intercostal muscle strain and ended up in physical therapy for a month and a half and an acquaintance who thought she had strained an intercostal muscle(s) but ended up having a broken rib (in her case a doctor misdiagnosed her and the second took a better set of xrays and saw that she'd broken her rib). Neither of these were from any major trauma from what I understand but a. one required more care doctors care than the other and b. both required a lot of rest.

    All that is to say, I would really err on the side of caution in terms of when to get back to running. Had the first person not ignored/exercised through the pain for so long, her recovery would have been shorter.

    Thank you for sharing, rest it is then. I will probably wait until the pain is completely gone before I run again, I don't know if I would've waited if the pain would've been somewhere else, but this one I can feel with very many different movements, making it quite uncomfortable, so it's pretty safe to say I won't try anything until it feels alright.

    If I end up going to a doctor next week I'll write the outcome in this thread.
  • CitrusMaidenCitrusMaiden Posts: 45Member Member Posts: 45Member Member
    The pain is finally improving! It suddenly got more dull on the 18th and now I hardly feel it at all, or I do, but it doesn't feel like pain anymore, it feels like a bruise. I suppose this means it was a muscle and not a rib.

    I wonder if this means I can start running again next week, or if I should wait one more week just to be sure. Hmm.
  • AliNouveauAliNouveau Posts: 31,523Member Member Posts: 31,523Member Member
    I wouldn't started running already but I am the worst for advice regarding taking it easy. I need my shoulder repaired and I'm already planning how quickly I can get back to activity.

    If I were you I'd try an easy run to test it out
  • aokoyeaokoye Posts: 2,504Member Member Posts: 2,504Member Member
    The pain is finally improving! It suddenly got more dull on the 18th and now I hardly feel it at all, or I do, but it doesn't feel like pain anymore, it feels like a bruise. I suppose this means it was a muscle and not a rib.

    I wonder if this means I can start running again next week, or if I should wait one more week just to be sure. Hmm.
    That's great to hear that you're starting to feel better. I would wait another week. Yes I tend to lean towards the conservative route with regards to injuries, but honestly what's one more week?
  • CitrusMaidenCitrusMaiden Posts: 45Member Member Posts: 45Member Member
    AliNouveau wrote: »
    I wouldn't started running already but I am the worst for advice regarding taking it easy. I need my shoulder repaired and I'm already planning how quickly I can get back to activity.

    If I were you I'd try an easy run to test it out

    It sure is hard to wait. I had finally gotten into running, it was finally starting to be fun, I've never been able to run more than 200 meters before. Losing all my progress is what scares me and makes me want to start as soon as I can, but I'll make sure the pain is completely gone before I do... maybe it's another week.
    aokoye wrote: »
    The pain is finally improving! It suddenly got more dull on the 18th and now I hardly feel it at all, or I do, but it doesn't feel like pain anymore, it feels like a bruise. I suppose this means it was a muscle and not a rib.

    I wonder if this means I can start running again next week, or if I should wait one more week just to be sure. Hmm.
    That's great to hear that you're starting to feel better. I would wait another week. Yes I tend to lean towards the conservative route with regards to injuries, but honestly what's one more week?

    I'm just scared of losing progress, and I do feel like I'm very veeery ready to just start running again, but I should probably wait, you're right.
    edited July 21
  • RunsWithBeesRunsWithBees Posts: 1,043Member Member Posts: 1,043Member Member
    There’s obviously no way for me to know what your injury is, but anecdotally I had costochondritis from labored breathing due to kidney stone pain. There was a sharp stabbing pain in my chest with any deep breathing. My doctor said I could do whatever lower body exercises I wanted to such as running but to absolutely not do any upper body exercises or anything that involved lifting with my arms or chest muscles. Since he gave me the OK to run I did and it was fine, the pain was nearly nonexistent while running, even though it was bad just with everyday activity. He also told me the pain would take weeks or months to completely go away and would cycle through times where it would seemingly almost be gone only to come back again and keep doing that until it finally subsided. It took a couple of months to heal all the way, apparently women with narrow rib cages are slightly more prone to suffering from costochondritis for unknown reasons. Just my experience, YMMV :)
  • apullumapullum Posts: 3,850Member Member Posts: 3,850Member Member
    The pain is finally improving! It suddenly got more dull on the 18th and now I hardly feel it at all, or I do, but it doesn't feel like pain anymore, it feels like a bruise. I suppose this means it was a muscle and not a rib.

    I wonder if this means I can start running again next week, or if I should wait one more week just to be sure. Hmm.

    I'd wait until there's no pain, and then start back very gradually. You don't want to risk re-injury.
  • CitrusMaidenCitrusMaiden Posts: 45Member Member Posts: 45Member Member
    I've been able to return to running without any issues, and I didn't experience as much progress loss as I thought I would.
    Thank you all for your thoughts and advice!
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