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I had an accident 10 days ago and broke a rib. <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"> Yes, it hurt like the devil for the first 3 or 4 days and is still painful. I know that it takes between 6 and 8 weeks to heal. My question is does anyone have thoughts on how long I should rest without significant walking and when could I start to jog again without endangering the healing process if I can tolerate the pain?<br><br>
BTW - yes, I have been to the doc.<br><br>
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Hi old gray! My doc put me on pain pills for a couple of weeks when I broke my ribs falling on a boulder. The reason he put me on those pills was to insure that I breathed deeply enough to avoid pnuemonia. I will not run on pain medications because of the potential for masking potential injury. As soon as I was done with my prescription, though it hurt a little, got started running again. Basically that was what the doctor told me to do. Good luck on healing up. Larry
 

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Thanks Larry. That's what I wanted to know. Sounds like I should be able to get started in a few days without endangering healing. I agree about not doing anything when on the analgesics. The amount of pain that goes with the running should be enough to keep me from overdoing.<br>
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It takes about 2 weeks for the broken ends to start sticking together. I would give it at least that much time. After that you're mostly limited by your pain.<br><br>
It's important to listen to your body and back off if something you're doing really hurts.
 

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Thanks Roadie Gal. It's been about 11 days and not being able to exercise is driving me nuts (and I'm gaining weight), but I know that if I don't take it easy all I'll do is make things worse so I appreciate the information. I've had other breaks and even had penetrating wounds at one time in my life, but this is the most debilitating injury I have ever had. It even hurts when I step with my right foot - which is an interesting comment on how biomechanics work because the broken rib is on the left.<br><br>
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Mike
 
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