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Dr. Donald Alves
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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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?

Dr. Donald Alves
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
19 years in practice
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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?

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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Dr. Umesh Patel
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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


Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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Iv had chesty cough for five weeks pain in chest and breast i had a chest xray bout 8 weeks ago for broken rib and lungs wwrw fine should I be worried?

Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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Iv had chesty cough for five weeks pain in chest and breast i had a chest xray bout 8 weeks ago for broken rib and lungs wwrw fine should I be worried?

Have followup: There are complications of broken ribs that can show up later. Hemothorax-blood in chest. Infection, pulmonary contusion from the injury to the ribs and pneumonia. ...Read more

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Dr. Umesh Patel
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Dr. Anthony Rooklin
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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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?

Dr. Anthony Rooklin
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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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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Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
Board Certified, Family Medicine
23 years in practice
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How do you heal a broken rib?

Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
Board Certified, Family Medicine
23 years in practice
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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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Dr. Umesh Patel
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Dr. James Okamoto
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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What can I do to help heal a broken rib from karate?

Dr. James Okamoto
Board Certified, Family Medicine
29 years in practice
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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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Dr. Michael Korona
Board Certified, Interventional Radiology
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How do you tell if you have a broken rib?

Dr. Michael Korona
Board Certified, Interventional Radiology
28 years in practice
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X-ray: Of chest or ribs.

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Dr. Scott Hacker
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
19 years in practice
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How do you know if you have a broken rib?

Dr. Scott Hacker
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
19 years in practice
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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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Dr. Eric Toloza
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
25 years in practice
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How can someone with newly broken rib dance?

Dr. Eric Toloza
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
25 years in practice
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Slow dance: Depends on how you dance. Certainly no lifts and no strenuous or sudden movements. ...Read more

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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
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11 years in practice
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How long should it take a broken rib to heal?

Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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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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Dr. Andre Panagos
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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Please explain what are some symptoms of a broken rib(s)?

Dr. Andre Panagos
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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Please explain what are some symptoms of a broken rib(s)?

Pain with inhalation: The most classic symptom is rib pain (often severe) with a deep breath. If the fracture is severe the rib may float independently from the other ribs. ...Read more

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