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A 23-year-old female asked:

I thought i broke a rib a week ago but the pain on my left side has gotten worse. it now hurts to lay down and it's worst when i lay on my right side?

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Dr. Amrit Singh
Cardiology 51 years experience
Wait: Rib pains may last for 3 to 6 wks. Even if Fx of 1 rib, u may wait if no SOB, take some pain pills, nay use a brace
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 52 years experience
Time to see a Dr.: Perhaps you did break a rib. It's not helpful to guess at why your pain is worse. You need to be examined and may need an x-ray. Please see a physician as soon as possible.

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Last updated Dec 19, 2014

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