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is it possible my rib fracture could have gotten worse with a cough or sneeze

A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Rib injury: A rib injury can cause all the symptoms you describe. It's possible to crack a rib with a strong cough or sneeze! Treatment of a rib injury is limited ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
23 years experience Radiology
Several: Pneumothorax (lung collapse), lung injury, spleen injury, pneumonia (from splinting) and vascular injury are among the more common.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kelvin Barry
16 years experience Podiatry
Yes: If excess pressure or tension is applied to area of fracture
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Guyton
45 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Possible: Simply falling into the water could deliver enough force to break a rib, but it would be unlikely to be a severe break. Another possibility if the pa ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
19 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Unclear: If you sustained localized chest trauma with rib fractures, it is not clear as to connection to headaches. Rib fractures are quite painful. Medication ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marianna Post
16 years experience Family Medicine
Rarely: Most of the time no, but if in doubt, get x-ray and ECG
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Cheng
25 years experience Family Medicine
Rib pain: A rib fracture usually entails some form of trauma. Pain that is positional and with breathing should require further evaluation from your pcp.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Cheng
25 years experience Family Medicine
It depends: Most rob fractures require relative rest , ice and nsaids. Significantly painful rob fractures may require stronger pain medications. Rib fractures ma ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
21 years experience Cardiology
Yes: Any trauma can cause it accidental or otherwise.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
23 years experience Hand Surgery
Depends: Most rib fractured are treated by supportive care, that is by addressing the pain associated with the fractures but not treating the fracture directly ... Read More

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