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    Minor pneumothorax (partially collapsed lung); anyone ever had one?

    I think I may have a slight pneumothorax from blunt force trauma from a week ago (bike fell on me; I think the handlebar or something thumped me in the chest pretty harshly). I have fairly mild (maybe 3/10 or 4/10) left-side chest pain that seems to be repeatable by heavy inhalation. It seems worse when I'm lying on my back or side; I've been really noticing it as I lay down to go to bed at night. It also seems to be activated by certain movements, like when I puff out my chest - as if trying to show off muscle, lol - or alternating back and forth between resting on my back and doing a sit-up. It almost disappears completely during normal breathing. But under deep/full inhalation, I feel it. It consistently comes on toward the very end of a deep inhalation. Just wondering if anyone here has experienced this, and if you went to the doc for it or not. I know I probably should go to the doc, as it could potentially be serious/require some kind of medical intervention. Hospitals are such a PITA though, and in my experience, doctors are totally useless/wrong more often than not.




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    cracked rib, stressed cartilage at the sternum, stressed musculature between the ribs? lots of stuff could be causing it rather than a collapsed lung... Disclaimer, I am not a Medical Doctor, or any kind of doctor for that matter.

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    Yeah, I've punched a lot of ribs over the years. That's what it sounds like to me. Probably a good idea to go get an X-ray to see how they are lined up. A totally displaced rib fracture can cause you a lot of grief if it gets to puncturing things you need.
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    Hmm. I guess it could be a rib. I'm 99% sure I cracked a rib during extreme load-it-up type coughing a few years ago. IIRC, that took a few weeks to heal. This seems a little different, somehow, but who knows.


    Funny thing is, I did an 8 hour hard enduro type ride yesterday (3 hours street, and several breaks/waiting for others to catch up). But I've gotten in pretty good shape by doing this a lot lately, and I was faster than all the other guys, so I really wasn't pushing myself or getting tired. I guess it could be a very minor rib fracture?? Worth noting: I can also replicate the pain by pushing on my side just in front of my arm pit, although that pain feels a little different compared to when I do a deep inhalation (the inhalation pain-replication hurts more). But doesn't the lung press against the rib cage? No, I've never taken anatomy class...can you tell? ;D
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    I was going up a tight steep single track, went to downshift from second to first and hit neutral instead. Lost my momentum and the bike started rolling back downhill. I fell backwards on a rock that hit just below my back protector. Rode for about another hour or so and then could hardly pull my tiedown straps to get my bike loaded up.

    The pain got worse that evening and I told my wife that I had a broken rib and needed to go to the emergency room. The doc said that it sounded like a broken rib and an x-ray confirmed that it was. He gave me some drugs for the pain and sent me home, as there is nothing else that they could do. I spent quite a few nights sleeping in a recliner as it was too painful getting in and out of bed. Took seven weeks to completely heal. Worst part was if you had to sneeze, cough or laugh. No fun at all.

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    Really sounds like a rib and/or cartilage issue. Especially since hurts with laughter and pressure. Glad you came to a motorcycle forum for proper diagnosis but unfortunately yet we don't offer an on-line X-ray service provided by Obama Care. Please go see a physician for a proper evaluation. Zdiver had a rib issue in Moab that would not have healed right had he not seeked medical attention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TW-Brian View Post
    I was going up a tight steep single track, went to downshift from second to first and hit neutral instead. Lost my momentum and the bike started rolling back downhill. I fell backwards on a rock that hit just below my back protector. Rode for about another hour or so and then could hardly pull my tiedown straps to get my bike loaded up.

    The pain got worse that evening and I told my wife that I had a broken rib and needed to go to the emergency room. The doc said that it sounded like a broken rib and an x-ray confirmed that it was. He gave me some drugs for the pain and sent me home, as there is nothing else that they could do. I spent quite a few nights sleeping in a recliner as it was too painful getting in and out of bed. Took seven weeks to completely heal. Worst part was if you had to sneeze, cough or laugh. No fun at all.
    My pain - this time - isn't that bad. My cough-induced rib fracture (never went to the doc...) was much closer to what you describe, though. Such an irony that this hurts less than that did and is a lot less consistent... I have a policy of never, ever down shifting 2-1 on a steep hill. Because I've been there/done that. I've never been injured from that, but my brother broke his collarbone doing that on a quad several years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    Really sounds like a rib and/or cartilage issue. Especially since hurts with laughter and pressure. Glad you came to a motorcycle forum for proper diagnosis but unfortunately yet we don't offer an on-line X-ray service provided by Obama Care. Please go see a physician for a proper evaluation. Zdiver had a rib issue in Moab that would not have healed right had he not seeked medical attention.
    Oh Fred, you really got me going with this one: "an on-line X-ray service provided by Obama Care". Hahahaha. That's hilarious. Only hurts a little when I really get to laughing my ass off. For sure, none of this is severe pain.
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    Alright, my mom says I should talk to her doctor friend; he works in internal medicine, apparently. I guess I'm off to see what he says, and then maybe get some scans in E.R. after work tonight. Hoping my IEHP-MediCal will cover it. Thanks people.
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    Cracked rib will take about 4 weeks to heal – nothing the Docs can do other than to strap it up, pat you on the butt, and send you to bed with a couple of paracetamol. Could be a displacement, in which case the pain would be more severe, and an X-ray would be the only way to confirm – your call.

    You would be “pushing your luck” if that was a collapsed lung – typical symptoms are the broken rib that caused it would be sticking you every time you moved – your lips would be turning blue – and you’d be calling the Ambulance in a matter of hours.

    I managed 8 hours – and that was just me being stubborn ………
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