Whatever happened, I hurt my chest area. I would like to account for the string of circumstances that followed to help anyone else who is engaged in a similar accident, so you’ll know exactly what to expect. I found either of the worst things to be that I did not know what was going on. I hope this knowledge will free your mind.
The optimum way to remove the hurt and discomfort you are feeling is with the implementation of rehabilitation PT. It’s therapy for the body that is involved in to help rehab the joints and muscles that’re bringing about the hurt. But it focuses on the root of the problem, not only giving passing comfort.
This article focuses on no bones being broken or fractured. However, this is a great possibility in this kind of accident. As soon as the ambulance arrives to the scene, the EMT will start asking you questions. Does your back hurt anywhere or your neck? If so, you could have broken your neck, could have whiplash, or could have pinched a nerve or damaged your spine. If your sternum/ribcage area hurts, you may have fractured your sternum or broken a rib. So, what they’ll want to do is put you on a board and make sure you cannot move your head, neck, or the end of your body.
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So, the first thing to expect immediately after the accident is great pain and shock, as well as adrenaline. It will appear to be a nightmare. The shock means it is difficult to believe that you were hit so hard.
Then, they put you in the ambulance to get you to a hospital. When you’re constrained like this, it is somewhat scary. You cannot see anything but the ambulance lights above your head. The EMT’s are taking your blood pressure and pulse. My blood pressure went up to about 130 over 80, from my normal 120 over 70. This was once I was in the ambulance-it could have been much greater at other points. This was attributable to the shock of the accident. My pulse was racing. I did not like not being able to move my head or neck, and I did not know what was wrong with me! At this point, I was told that I would have to get xrays.
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The second thing to expect then, is an ambulance ride to the hospital, with EMT’s checking your vitals.
I was informed that nothing was broken, and so they gave me ibuprofen 800mg and vicadin, a narcotic controlled substance, for the pain. No matter what you take, the pain is vast, I think. They warned me that the pain would get worse in the morning, when all the adrenaline wore off. I was told that I would get really stiff and sore and that it would get worse before it got better.
In the morning, the doctors were right. I could barely move. It hurt to even shift from one end to the other in bed. I had to basically lie on my back. However, even this was painful. Not moving was painful. Moving was painful. All I wanted to do was look for ways to avoid using any muscles in my chest. I found that this is next to impossible. You use your chest muscles, for most anything you do. The first few days I was sore, in other areas than just my chest. I was sore in my neck, and think I had some whiplash. I could hardly move my neck for about three days. My wrists hurt and my joints in my feet hurt. My leg muscles and arm muscles also seemed to tighten up for a couple of days.
Fourth, expect soreness and pain. The soreness is in areas other than the greatly injured chest area, with great pain in the chest area.
The next couple of days was a living nightmare. Every time I moved in bed, I felt pain. Trying to sit up in bed or lay down was very hard. I had to roll out of my bed, by putting my feet on the ground and then sliding the end of my body out. I could not use my chest muscles to sit up or to lay down. For these first couple of days, doing anything with my chest muscles made them more sore and stiff, and induced great pain.
I could not use my chest muscles, for the next week. If I did, I caused a new pain. I could not carry even my small purse without my chest muscles hurting. I had trouble going from a sitting to standing position, and remained to roll in and get out of bed. If I was even a little late with ibuprofen, I would feel my chest starting to become inflamed and hurt even when not moving. The mornings were the worst, because overnight the pain medication wears off. I tried to take it right before bed. The ibuprofen alone made me sick. Everything seemed to make me sick on my stomach. Although I did not throw up, I had other problems. I did not have much of an appetite and seemed to crave chocolate to ease the pain. I lost much of my motivation, and found it easy while bedridden alone to start thinking about everything. I had to hold my chest muscles just when sitting up or walk. The worst thing of all was sneezing. If you sneeze, forget about it! The pain will be just as bad that it’s been almost unbearable, even if you have taken your pain medication. It almost feels like you ‘e reinjured the muscle.
I did find that by holding my chest muscles, I could avoid them moving much, and this helped a little with the pain.
I was always in a lot of pain by ten days after the accident. I still had to roll in and outside of bed and could not lift anything. I found that if I was really careful and did not miss any medication times and basically stayed in bed, I would not have too much pain other only in the morning. I still felt sick though. My appetite hadn’t returned. I cannot bend over to put on socks-I have to bend my leg up so I can put the socks on level.
By two and a half weeks of the accident, I still had pain. Now, I likewise had trouble breathing after walking. I think this is due to the lungs and muscles had become weakened after not being able to utilize them much. I still roll into and get out of bed. I still cannot lift much, although I can lift a plate now for dinner, or something one or two pounds. I have figured out a way to stand up just using my leg muscles so I do not have to utilize the chest muscles and hurt them.
From what I have heard, it can take up to 6 to 8 weeks for bruised muscles to heal. And, once they do not hurt so bad, then you have to cope with building them back up again. This injury is no joke-it’s serious. The recovery does not happen overnight.
When you’re in great pain, trust your body. If certain things hurt, do not do them. If it hurts to lie on your side, lie on your back. Trust your body’s instincts.