I've been Paleo for about 12 months. Last Thursday I separated a rib(s) in a soccer match...more like a rugby match I'd say. I went to the ER just to make sure it wasn't anything worse. I'd take two sprained ankles and two broken fingers over any rib injury. Holy smokes does it hurt!
I've taken vicodin each night so I can sleep (sleeping in the Morris Chair, reclined a bit). I've noticed I've been "pudgy" and my toes and fingers much more "swollen" than normal. Has anyone noticed this with vicodin?
I fractured my ribs once - it sucked. It only hurts when you breathe.
I had a love/hate relationship with the painkillers. I didn't like the side effects, but the pain was no joke. And even if I felt like I wanted to tough it out, you can't really do it with this type of injury, as you have to take a sufficient dose of painkiller so that you can breathe as deeply as normal. You don't want pneumonia on top of the the injury.