Rib pain while paddling

RTP

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For the first time this week, I felt a bit of pain at times while paddling. It only occurs on the left side of my rib cage, a few inches below the bottom of the sternum at the end of the ribs. It is a bit of a sudden shooting pain, like a rib was trying to poke back into me, which goes away fairly quickly after readjusting my torso a little bit. Paddling more from my chest seems to cause it to happen less. Any ideas?
 

trifish

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I had something similar where I surfed a long stretch of consecutive days in a row. I think fatigue probably contributed to it at the time. The doc told me my rib & cartilage pulled apart and was inflamed. Took a few months to recover for me and wasnt much fun. I remember every sneeze or cough felt like it was setting my recovery time back. Afterwards I started focusing more on keeping my body more inline when paddling. Minimizing the side to side movements and it never came back.
 
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Mike_Jones

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What surf doc said. I spent a few decades with one of my left side lower ribs dangling freely. Learn to live with it or quit surfing.
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RTP

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Lose weight.
I'm trying to gain weight, any tips on that besides GOMAD?

Ribs felt slightly better this week. Paid attention to maintaining good posture while sitting at the desk at work, was slouching last week.
 

Bob Dobbalina

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You'll feel better when you surf more, or surf less.

Stop arching your back so much
 

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I had something similar where I surfed a long stretch of consecutive days in a row. I think fatigue probably contributed to it at the time. The doc told me my rib & cartilage pulled apart and was inflamed. Took a few months to recover for me and wasnt much fun. I remember every sneeze or cough felt like it was setting my recovery time back. Afterwards I started focusing more on keeping my body more inline when paddling. Minimizing the side to side movements and it never came back.
Had same thing was awful got it after a surf trip spending many hrs surfing ribs were sore then surfing at home few days later on a wipe out the pain intensified, could barely get my suit off thought I broke a rib, took about 6 months to recover as well. couldn't do hardly anything training wise except road bike..
 

RTP

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On top of what you normally eat, eat a cup of nuts over the course of the day, every day, until you reach your desired level of padding.
Instructions unclear, added 10+ lbs of padding, but it all went to the wrong places. Boards duckdive great though.
 
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LifeOnMars

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Lose weight.
back in my skinnier younger days (6'1" @ 155-160) used to get a bunch of rib pain without a wetsuit, adding the lbs actually gave some extra cushion around the middle.
 

Mr Doof

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^ -that was what I was alluding to by eating extra healthy calories

Being on the slimmer side, and tending to not surf very much from April through Sept, first two/three weeks back in the drink towards end of Sept/beginning of Oct, always get some tender ribs.

Eventually the pain/irritation goes away as the season turns on.

Have noticed that as I get older, takes longer for the body to adapt and toughen up.....no mystery there.