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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: 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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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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What can I do to help heal a broken rib from karate?

What can I do to help heal a broken rib from karate?

Rest: Rib injuries are pretty common in karate and MMA. Initially you may want to ice the sore ribs for 20 min at a time the first 3 days - most important time is right after the injury to limit swelling and bleeding. After that, it just takes time. We no longer recommend wrapping the chest with compression wraps because it will prevent you from taking full breaths and increase your risk of pneumonia ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a broken rib?

How do you know if you have a broken rib?

Xray: The only way to know if your rib is truly broken is with an xray. This simple diagnostic test creates a picture of the rib cage which your physician can use to evaluate your pain. Sometimes it can be hard to see a fracture on xray. Typically these breaks take up to 6 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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How can someone with newly broken rib dance?

Slow dance: Depends on how you dance. Certainly no lifts and no strenuous or sudden movements. ...Read more

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How long should it take a broken rib to heal?

How long should it take a broken rib to heal?

8 weeks: The ribs take approximately 8 weeks to heal. You'll likely have pain for awhile after, however, due to the muscle injury associated with rib fractures. ...Read more

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What's the fastest way to heal a broken rib? Do i wrap it up or just leave it be?

What's the fastest way to heal a broken rib? Do i wrap it up or just leave it be?

Variable: Be examined. Get chest x-ray front or back rib. More than one rib? Pain? Complications can include pneumothorax, blood in chest, pneumonia. Wraps usually are not very much help. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: broken rib?

Broken/fractured: A rib is a bone & any loss of continuity of the cortex is a break or fracture. ...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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