Fall down the stairs..
This morning I fell down the stairs.. It happened pretty fast so I don't remember any of it but as soon as I realized what was happening I felt a sharp pain like by the sternum. All day everything I've done has hurt. It hurts to breath, I have a really hard time buttoning up my pants, bending over to pick anything up is rather difficult. But is all I know it that when I fell the only things that touched the ground were my arms, back, legs, and butt.
One of two things has probably happened: you've either cracked a rib (does taking in a deep breath hurt?) or injured the joint between the rib and the sternum.
The cracked rib, assuming it's an undisplaced fracture, will heal in about a month, with no treatment. Grin and bear it. Use ice, and don't do the things that cause pain. It's likely to be quite painful for a couple weeks.
An injured costo-sternal joint is more difficult, and also often has a corresponding pain in the midback. It can lead to a distressing condition called Tietzes syndrome ...
You need to use your common sense. If your gut feeling is that you've had a serious injury then it's probably best to get an X-ray. If not, use alternating ice and heat and be careful for a couple days and see what happens.
If the pain continues, don't leave it. Tietze's syndrome can be murder.
Let us know how you get on.
Click here to post comments
Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Tietzes syndrome.
you find this page useful? Then perhaps forward it to a suffering friend.
Better still, Tweet or Face Book it.