How painful is a broken rib?
October 31, 2005 11:20 PM Subscribe
Anyone ever break a rib? How painful is that, exactly?
posted by Hat Maui to health & fitness (28 answers total)
I was recently ill with a pretty severe cough and toward the end of it, developed a pain in my ribcage. It feels mechanical in nature -- there's something physically wrong there -- but i brushed off notions that it was a broken rib, mainly because my understanding was that a broken rib was extremely painful. this has only been somewhat painful. but now it's gone on for quite some time and i'm thinking about an x-ray.
so the question is, for anyone that's had a broken rib, just how painful do those tend to be? i'm not looking for medical advice, just some anecdotal info. I'm going to get an x-ray regardless. probably.