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A 33-year-old member asked:

i broke my ribs 4 weeks ago but the pain and discomfort are worsening - should i be concerned?

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Dr. Leo Sullivan
Critical Care 37 years experience
Probably not: Rib Fxs are notorious for pain lasting 6 to 12 weeks. I would get a CXR to r/o delayed PTX or hemothorax. As time passes the patient becomes more active and has more pain. If the pain is debilitating, one can go to a pain clinic and get a lidocaine patch.

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Last updated Aug 29, 2015

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