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Broken or bruised rib? How can I tell which?

Broken or bruised rib? How can I tell which?

Hard to tell: If its just one rib, it is hard to tell on exam, and sometimes even xray. A ct scan would tell, but involves radiation and sometimes a high cost. ...Read more

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Broken or bruised rib? Hurts when I take a deep breath sharp pain?

Broken or bruised  rib? Hurts when I take a deep breath sharp pain?

?trauma: If you have had trauma to the chest cage the rib or ribs could be fractured or bruised as the symptoms are essentially similar except for the duration of the discomfort. An x-Ray of the rib cage makes the diagnosis. There is no specific treatment except rest and pain relief unless there are lung complications. If there has been no injury, then a pinched intercostal nerve may cause sharp pain also. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a bruised rib- what does it feel like?

What are the symptoms of a bruised rib- what does it feel like?

Pain: A bruised rib is mainly painful, especially if you breathe in or if you push on it. A chest or rib xray can tell if the rib is bruised or broken, although, in reality, unless there is collapse of the lung, there is nothing really to do about a broken rib except for time and healing. ...Read more

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Can u be hospitalized on a bruised rib if the pain and syokmptoms get to bad?

Can u be hospitalized on a bruised rib if the pain and syokmptoms get to bad?

Not likely: bruised or cracked or broken ribs can be very uncomfortable but nothing other than time will heal them. Avoid as much as possible sneezing, coughing, laughing, blowing your nose, deep breathing... all of these cause the chest muscles (intercostal muscles) to put pressure on the sore areas. ...Read more

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How can you protect / support a bruised rib when you are unable to take time off to let it heal?

How can you protect / support a bruised rib when you are unable to take time off to let it heal?

Brace intermittently: A bruised rib could be supported with a brace or other tightfitting garment, but it will be very important to remove the brace about every hour and take several very deep breaths to avoid an increased risk of pneumonia related to more shallow breathing while the brace is in place. Ice packs periodically and Acetaminophen may also be helpful. Ideally rest would be best. ...Read more

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Bruised rib & shoulder , when should I see doctor?

Bruised rib & shoulder , when should I see doctor?

Sooner the better: The sooner you see adoctor the better. He can guide you towards proper treatment after a proper dianosis has been established. It is important to rule out injuries that you may not be even considering such as lung and abdominal organ injury. ...Read more

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Could you really know if its a bruised rib, a sore muscle, or a fractured rib?

Could you really know if its a bruised rib, a sore muscle, or a fractured rib?

Imaging studies need: See your doctor for physical exam and x ray. Only x ray or CT exam can confirm if you have a fracture. ...Read more

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Can you get a cracked/bruised rib from falling backwards?

Can you get a cracked/bruised rib from falling backwards?

Yes you can.: Broken ribs are most commonly the result of blunt trauma. A simple fall can result in a broken rib or two. Most heal on their own without surgery, but it appears that multiple broken ribs that affect breathing do better when fixed with modern plate and screw devices. ...Read more

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I have a bruised rib right under my breast happen about 3-4 weeks ago, first week it hurt bad but then got better but now it hurts again heat or cold?

I have a bruised rib right under my breast happen about 3-4 weeks ago,  first week it hurt bad but then got better but now it hurts again heat or cold?

Evaluation: Although a cold pack may help to ease swelling, inflammation and numb the pain but I would recommend you to talk to a physician in detail as the pain re-occured after initial improvement. ...Read more

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Is there anything strong enough to help my pain from my cracked rib, bruised rib, and bronchidus? Im 37 and i injured myself on a water slide at wet n wild last sunday. I was laying down on the slide on a mat, when the slide turned it slammed me against t

Hello. : Hello. Although nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications like Motrin can sometimes be very helpful, it may not be strong enough for the pain control you are looking for. You might need narcotics and you can only get that by prescription. If you don't have medical insurance you might look into a clinic in your area that provides sliding fee services. Take care. ...Read more

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Hurts to take a deep breath and whenever i sit up theres a dull pain on my left ribcage. Could it be a fractured or bruised rib?

Could be rib: Fracture if you had a trauma or rib dysfunction. Read more about it here http://www.Basicspine.Com/conditions-procedures/pain-management/slipped-rib-syndrome.Html. ...Read more

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Sharp pain left side, what are signs and treatments for bruised rib/pulled muscle there? Pain comes and goes

Sharp pain left side, what are signs and treatments for bruised rib/pulled muscle there? Pain comes and goes

Usually a trauma tho: it may B small. Weight training, a hit in all contact sports. Also a shorter person reaching into a chest freezer. Some episode U should recall. Treat with rest, ice, ,NSAIDS if able & activity modification. ...Read more

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Could a bruised rib in the process of healing be the reason for my white blood cell count to be a little high?

Could a bruised rib in the process of healing be the reason for my white blood cell count to be a little high?

Need data: You did not provide the actual counts. The count may be your normal value. Uncomplicated bruise of the rib is not expected to raise WBC count. ...Read more

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Have a pain in my right side,mid ribcage.feels like a muscle strain or bruised rib but feels swollen.hurts when sleep on side or take deep breath.

Have a pain in my right side,mid ribcage.feels like a muscle strain or bruised rib but feels swollen.hurts when sleep on side or take deep breath.

Pleurisy?: This is an area of inflammation in the lining around the lung. Usually doesn't last more than several minutes. If persistent, sounds like it would be reasonable to see your primary care doctor for a proper evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How can you tell if you bruised or broke your ribs?

Fracture - contusion: Both conditions can be very painful. X-ray, physical examination & medical history will help to determine if you have a fracture or a contusion. If you are severe pain -please be medically evaluated. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you've bruised or fractured your ribs?

How can you tell if you've bruised or fractured your ribs?

Get an x-ray: Best to consult a doctor and have an x-ray taken. ...Read more

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Is there any way other than X-ray to tell if my rib is bruised or fractured?

Is there any way other than X-ray to tell if my rib is bruised or fractured?

Actually yes. : X-ray is the first step, but if you are by a center with good ultrasound techs, that can be of some use as well. The ct scan is the most sensitive though. ...Read more