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!!!