A 27-year-old male asked:
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thought i broke a rib, got xray - prelim. diagnosis fractured rib. radiology says it was not fractured, no evidence of any damage. what could cause such extreme pain when laying down on back, or moving and breathing?

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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Sprained?: A sprained area can be more painful than a fracture. You may try ice pack or heating pad at the area. NSAID orally or topically may help. It will take days or weeks for the rib cage to heal. If the problem does not improve in another 2 weeks, contact your doctor again.
Answered on Jan 5, 2019
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