Sounds like this was a really, really bad fall. Do the ribs need medical attention?
Hi Sandy, not sure if I should see a doctor. Everything I read says ribs just have to heal on their own. Do you have any experience with rib injuries? What did you do?
Never injured my ribs so don't have any insight. But it would seem that it would be good to know the extent of the injury so that you would know a time frame for how long it might take to heal and how easy you really need to take it. It would seem that bruising is one thing but fractures something that you have to be more careful about.
I've broken lots of ribs. There's nothing you can do other than suffer through it. If you have a nice reclining chair, that will probably be much more conducive to sleep than a bed. Lean it back to around 45 degrees.
Both Glen and I have injured ribs; never had them X-rayed; we probably read the same information as you about them healing on their own.
My fall last spring (I injured myself under the arm toward the back) took 6-7 weeks until I didn't notice it anymore when lying down on my back. I figured if I didn't have trouble breathing I hadn't punctured a lung. ;-)
It was near the beginning of O season and I would hold my arm in tight to my body when jogging to lessen the discomfort...but I was doing minimal running anyway because of knee pain the first 7 months of the year.
It's certainly hard to find a comfortable sleeping position or roll over, but it gets better, and I don't have any lingering effects.
I'm more concerned about your knee.