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A little more than a week ago, I slipped on a wet stair and landed on my back, towards the left hand side. I had the wind knocked out of me and felt a good amount of pain. The next day, the pain continued and I assumed I had a bruise. Over the last week, the persistence of the pain has subsided, however, when I sneeze the pain is almost unbearable. There is nothing protruding and no noticable difference in the rib by the touch or the eye. I can breathe fine (although was hard to when it first happened)

I am assuming that I cracked a rib. is this the likely scenario? If so, I have always heard that there is nothing to be done... correct?

How much time will it likely take to heal?

If it is broken, what other risks do I face?

I have no health insurance and am very resistant to go to the doctor.

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The problem with not getting to your Doctor is the fractured rib could potentially injure your diaphragm. Even a small crack could inflame a tendon.
Your right, there really isn't any treatment. Pain can lead to reduced movement and cough supression. Adequate analgesic can avoid this.
It could take weeks before you are comfortable.
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After reading several posts on cracked/broken ribs, I'm pretty convinced that I have a cracked/broken rib. I did it in a soccer game last week. What I'm trying to decide now is if I should play soccer again tomorrow. I don't think the pain will be unbearable, but I don't want to make it worse. Am I at increased risk of further injury by playing?
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I recently cracked a rib in a soccer game and i carried on playing, then the following week i played again, hurt a bit when i got bowled into but wasnt too bad. Then the week after that i got sandwiched and tripped up by two defenders when i was sprinting as fast as i could and i went flying and landed on the ground pretty hard. I am now out for a possible 6 weeks because the impact with the ground re-injured my ribs.
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