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multiple rib fracture headaches and dizziness. what could this be?

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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. Medications, often narcotics, are associated with both dizziness and headaches in some people. Depending location of rib fractures, associated muscle spasm can result in stiff neck and headache. Mechanism of initial trauma may also be cause.
Answered on Oct 23, 2017
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
19 years experience Thoracic Surgery
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Most important would be to discuss with the trauma surgeon/team that initially evaluated you and is treating you. Also, discuss with your family physician. In both cases, all aspects of injury mechanism, initial evaluation & diagnosis, and associated medications need to be thoroughly reviewed.
Mar 9, 2013
Dr. Nir Hus
Dr. Nir Hus answered
15 years experience General Surgery
Rib fractures : Simple rib fractures are treated conservatively with pain management only. Certain rib fractures that result in breathing difficulties and / or relentless pain are treated surgically. I use titanium plates to repair the chest wall.
Answered on Nov 7, 2017

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