Last Tuesday, November 6th, I was at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) practice and noticed that the left side of my chest, just beneath my breast, was a little sore. I didn't think much of it. I went back to practice Thursday and called my wife afterwards as I always do. The problem was that I couldn't hold a conversation because it was so painful to breathe in and speak. It was excruciating pain all night long. It kept me up throughout the night and I could barely move in the morning.
That Friday I went to a MedExpress to make sure I didn't break any ribs. They did a quick diagnosis, x-ray, and said that it was probably just a pulled muscle or bruise and gave me Vicodin and Soma. I haven't taken either of these yet, because I figured I could deal with the pain of a pulled muscle...I've done it plenty of times before without narcotics. Ibuprofen was also helping, a little.
The pain has subsided a bit. I can sleep most of the night, however, breathing deeply still hurts quite a bit. Coughing, laughing, sneezing are all very painful.
When I push on the area that is tender on my chest it brings me to my knees. However, I seem to have full range of motion with my left arm and that seems curious for a pulled muscle. It's painful to move but not nearly as painful as breathing or pushing on the specific, inured area.
I'm afraid that it is a bruised lung, pleurisy, or torn rib cartilage. I understand that there isn't much to do for it, but I believe the supportive care for each injury is different. Should I have a second opinion from a different physician? I just want to be able to breathe comfortably and know when I can get back to training. Many thanks!View Thread