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Cracked or Bruised Sternum (Breastbone)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

I recently fell at home and hit my sternum on the arm of my easy chair. I didn't think I had hurt myself until the next morning when I woke up, I couldn't breathe deeply without pain. I went to my doctor and he said "You have either bruised or broken your sternum, but it doesn't make any difference which, because there's nothing we can do about either one. You just have to wait for it to heal." I have been taking medicine for the pain, but can't do any exercise except walking until it heals. This morning, I sneezed just once and the pain in my chest was terrible. All I could do was put a heating pad on my chest and rest until the pain medicine took effect. I'm hoping that it's just bruised and will heal in two weeks, but if it's cracked, it could take months to heal. I've already gained two pounds because I can't Jazzercise as I have been doing 3 days a week for 35 years. Help!!!
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    I'm so sorry about your injury. I'm glad you can at least walk without pain.
    Unfortunately, without the extra exercise, you will have to be careful about your calories and nutrition.
    Good luck and I hope it's only a bruise.
    1321 days ago
    Sorry to hear that you've taken a tumble and hurt yourself.

    If you're unable to exercise as usual and gaining weight, it sounds like it's time to reduce intake. When I was unable to move following my pelvic fracture, I reduced my nutritional intake because I wasn't burning as may calories due to the activity restrictions. So, the body had no need for them.

    Also, have you tried hugging a pillow when you're moving around. My mom's sternum was actually cut and then wired shut, when she had bypass surgery. They sent her home with a small pillow to hug when she moved. It really helped her with the pain management while the sternum healed.

    Mindfulness techniques could be of assistance with pain management as well.

    Wishing you a full and speedy recovery. emoticon

    1322 days ago
    Get well soon!
    1322 days ago
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