So, thanks to that wonderful time we all know as 'Training with the New Guy', I've managed to procure an injury that could seriously hamper happy fun training time.
Over the course of a class I got a few 'No big deal' accidents -- Stick to the knuckles, elbowed in the face, and one of my more impressive bruises, EVAH (It was kind of a stupidly amusing incident... Basically the kid stomped over my arm, catching a wee bit of tricep skin under his boot. Somehow that turned into about a 3" perfectly round 'What the HELL happened to you' bruise).
All of that was 'Ignored soon if not immediately' category stuff. Then, in the midst of a disarm/lock/subdue bit of flow, the guy dropped a knee into my ribcage. Crunch.
So, yeah, it hurt, though I went about my day just fine with some minor wincing and gimping about. Have a bum knee, anyway, so gimping about is no real change from the rest of my week.
Next day, little bit worse. Deep breaths, coughs, stretches... all give a pretty sharp stab. The location seems more like a cartlidge/separation injury than an actual rib crack. Bottom of the ribcage on my right side (With some ghost pain on the left side) around three or four inches along the rib from the xiphoid.
Today, on day four, I woke up to get ready for work and it's the worst day so far. Deep breaths, walking, twisting, sitting fucking STILL. Everything hurts with intermittent stabbing pains.
I'm a respiratory therapist, so I'm well aware of the risks of shallow-breathing/not coughing, and I'm taking care of pulmonary maintenance without problems. The specific things I'm wondering:
Do rib injuries normally keep getting worse before they start getting better? I already had a GP appointment scheduled for Monday, but if every day is a step up in discomfort I might have to just suck it up and do a walk-in sooner.
Is it better to lay a certain way when I sleep? Definitely seemed to be godawful worse when I woke up. I tend to lie flat on my back when I sleep, so it's not likely I rolled over onto the injured side, etc.
Knowing that there really isn't jack to be done for a rib issue, I'm not really in a heated rush to go to the doctor -- Particularly since I already had an appointment lined up (Chronic autoimmune stuff, just a checkup with the added benefit of being able to throw in, "Oh, and I jacked myself up again. Ha ha." While she rolls her eyes at my apparent psychosis.).
I don't THINK I gave myself a pneumo or anything. Breath sounds are normal, I'm forcing plenty of deep breaths to keep from getting atelectasis, etc. Just wondering if any rib injury veterans had some insight about things feeling progressively less pleasant.