Originally Posted by CloakNNNdagger
Flack jackets and injections can do just so much. I've had 4 broken ribs with a punctured lung in the past, which gave me great empathy for the patients I've had to treat. On average, it takes a complete fracture 3 weeks just to be able to take a deep breath comfortably, let alone get a decent night's sleep. During the early healing period, if the ribs are continually re-traumatized, healing can easily be setback and prolonged, and sometimes caused not to fuse at all.
You're preaching to the choir, CnD. Pain tolerance can only take you so far. There's not a flak jacket devised that can really even mitigate the pain, only somewhat minimize further damage.