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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

More on My Poor, Sad, Ribs

I was more optimistic about my painful ribs before I left work and went out to run. Every step hurt. Breathing hurt. Breathing harder because of running stressed be out, I tensed my whole upper body. Important discussions were going on about what type of Galloway group I'll have this year and all I could focus on was how much pain I was in.

I made it just over a mile or so, and had to turn back and walk back to the store. Every time I tried to run, it hurt. Bending over hurts. Rolling over in bed hurts. Sitting up hurts. Coughing hurts. Sneezing hurts. Opening or closing a heavy door hurts. Everything I'm trying to do hurts.

I so don't want to go to the doctor. On top of everything else, I'm trying to get cleared to be a Divecon, and haven't been able to because of my thyroid. I am currently awaiting thyroid test results.

I'm so bummed. I really, really, really, don't want to go to the doctor. My race is coming. :(

Edited to add: If I went to a doctor, what kind of doc would I even see? Orthopedist? Or do I have to go to my regular doc?

4 comments:

marathonmaiden said...

i would think that your regular doc would be a good place to start and then he or she can refer you out. i'm sorry youre in so much pain! hope everything works out and i'm sending healing vibes your way!!

Wacky Neighbor said...

If you're going to the doctor, I would go to your regular doctor. I would also expect that they would probably send you in for an x-ray to make sure that you didn't fracture your ribs. Assuming that you didn't puncture a lung or something severe like that (which would have probably exhibited symptoms much earlier), I would assume they would probably give you some painkillers and tell you to rest.

Abby said...

I second Wacky Neighbor's comment. Although, this may be like when I fell on the steps and bruised/cracked my tailbone. My doctor didn't bother to send me for an x-ray to confirm if it was broken because the treatment was the same whether it was broken or not - painkillers and try not to aggravate it.

Kim said...

Yeah, from what I understand, the treatment is the same whether it's cracked or not so no real point in exposing myself to radiation.

I'm still waiting for a call back from my doctor. I did try to see my orthopedist / sports physician, but he won't see me for a ribs issue. I want to find out about my thyroid before talking to the doc about the ribs, so hopefully she'll call back today.

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