So I finally got a referral to PT and started getting some physical therapy. I’ve gone now 3 times and I think it’s a little better. The PT guy is pretty sure I have Costochondritis. He said that can take a long time to heal and that doctors always give that typical 6-8 week time frame for most injuries but that doesn’t apply in this case. He’s done
some ultrasound, infrared heat, electrodes stimulation and stretches. I do think it’s a little better and am confident given more time I’ll be as good as new in no time. Just wanted to update everyone, thanks!
The doctor told me to give it another week or two and if it wasn’t any better or gets worse to come back in and they can do an MRI to see if there’s a muscle tear. In a way I do feel it’s gotten worse. I know it’s only been 3 days since I’ve seen him but it’s not just that it’s sore or I get the random sharp pains, I also feel like I have a huge Charley horse feeling on this side I fell on and last night it felt like agony. I couldn’t even carefully lay down or move at all, it hurt so bad. It finally let up but still feels like things are stretched tight all along my side and I feel like something is maybe a bit swollen or bloated or something right around my left side rib area. Could that all just be internal bruising? Should I still give it another week or so? I’m taking Ibuprophen and muscle relaxants at night and it takes the edge off, I guess,I but still feel pain and discomfort.
Did they also examine your arm/shoulder? It could be you bruised deeply and the pain is connected to that. A hairline crack may not always be immediately visible, so if it continues, I would return to your primary for more followup.