I fell while walking up my stairs 12 days ago (yes--this would be a better story if I had done something less embarrassing than falling UP the stairs). During the fall I braced myself with my left hand on the wall--my shoulder moved back while my chest fell forward and I heard a "pop." Since then I have had a dull to severe ache in my upper/mid back to my left side. Sometimes it's like a toothache, other times it is a sharp pain (particularly when I sneeze). I thought at first I pulled/ripped a muscle, tendon or ligament, but I am starting to wonder if I dislocated a rib. The pain seems to radiate under my arm toward my chest. I have a definite spot that I can pinpoint that huts to touch and I have noticeable inflammation.
I am prone to subluxations/dislocations, but have never done anything to my ribs before. I have been wearing my shoulder immobilizer due to shoulder dislocations and I have noticed that my back feels a bit better when I have it on--it's super tight around my chest--then the pain comes back when I take it off.
Anyone know how to tell the difference between a dislocation and something muscular-esque? Trying to avoid the doctor game if I can, but my pain and movement is not getting better.
Thanks so much for any help!