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Taking meloxicam for a possible broken rib from coughing. Cough is mostly better now. 2+ hrs after pill, no pain relief whatsoever. What should I do?

Taking meloxicam for a possible broken rib from coughing. Cough is mostly better now. 2+ hrs after pill, no pain relief whatsoever. What should I do?

Tylenol (acetaminophen): Can take Acetaminophen along with Meloxicam and see if provides better relief. Also can put local cold compress on area to reduce pain. Will be very sore for about 10 days, then dull down to ache for about 4-6 weeks. Good luck! ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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Hello my boyfriend has some broken ribs and he coughed on some water and is complaining of pain in his side, will he be okay?

Hello my boyfriend has some broken ribs and he coughed on some water and is complaining of pain in his side, will he be okay?

Yes: Broken ribs are certainly very painful especially in the first few weeks. Coughing or anything else which causes them to move will elicit pain. He will be alright. ...Read more

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How do you heal a broken rib?

How do you heal a broken rib?

Time: All broken bones heal with time usually. A high calcium diet may help speed things up if you're deficient, but ultimately, time is the only cure. ...Read more

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How can a broken rib be fixed?

Tincture of time: A simple rib fracture is usually allowed to heal on its' own. A more complex fracture that has injured underlying lung may require surgical reduction but that is unusual. ...Read more

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How bad would a broken rib feel?

How bad would a broken rib feel?

It can be very : Painful but pain tolerances vary from individual to individual. Even a bruised or contused rib can be quite painful to the point that breathing can hurt. If causing enough pain or breathing difficulty, see your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a broken rib?

How can I tell if I have a broken rib?

Chest X-Ray...: Often you can suspect it by having pain with breathing. Broken ribs are usually caused by trauma of some sort (car accident, fights, falling, etc). The best test is an x-ray or ct scan to determine for sure. The treatment is usually just pain medication alone. Rarely is surgery used for broken ribs. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a broken rib?

What are the symptoms of a broken rib?

Pain: Following some trauma? Pain, shortness of breath, tender over that rib and perhaps above and below sometimes numbness toward the front of the chest if the underlying lung was traumatized: pneumothorax hematoma and pleural effusions are potentials. ...Read more