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Broken Ribs Vs Bruised Ribs
Natural timing: With injury to our tissues, inflammation (red, hot, swelling, tenderness) occurs. There is leakage of blood from damaged capillaries and veins which collects under the skin and causes the purple blue coloring we call a bruise. Over time, damaged tissues heal and blood collections are reabsorbed. Protect the area to promote fastest healing. Motrin/advil will help. ...Read more
See below: Usually bruised ribs will feel sore at the site of the bruise. Other symptoms might be difficulty with breathing because the ribs move when we breath. When ribs are actually broken there is a remote chance that a broken piece can puncture the lung underneath it which would cause severe shortness of breath. ...Read more
NSAIDS: Ibuprofen, the generic for Motrin, or naproxen, the generic for Aleve, are both good options. Bruised ribs can take awhile to heal and can hurt just as much as a fracture. Remember to take regular deep breaths when you have bruised or fractured ribs so that you don't develop lung infections. ...Read more
Pain: Pain/discomfort which may be increased with respirations. ...Read more
Tylenol/NSAIDs: Regular over the counter pain meds can ease the pain. Alternating warmth and cool may help. Narcotics should not be required. If pain is severe confirm no fracture. ...Read more
X-rays fine?: If you have been checked for any lung puncture and the ribs are just cracked, you should have been prescribed pain medication. A muscle relaxant can help in addition. A lidocaine patch could help (script). You can use your hand or a pillow as a splint when you need to move or take those deep breaths. Heating pad helps. Be sure to see a doc if you have any fever, cough, or shortness of breath. ...Read more
My husband have severely bruised ribs not broken. What can he do for pain, and to help heal them? He's in a lot of pain!!!!!! Please help.
Very: Painful injury. NSAIDs will help with the pain and inflammation. But he may need something stronger to help him rest at night. Unfortunately this injury is hard to treat. Everything he does he will feel it in his ribs. Time will help best if all. Talk to your doctor about some treatment options ...Read more
See your doctor: You are portraying potentially serious symptoms. Call your doctor and if your doctor is unable to see you quickly, go to urgent care or emergency department. Tired and lethargy could be due to serious condition and if it is related to trauma, you need assessment for any potential injuries. IF it is related spontaneous bruising, this will can portend more serious problems. Please see a provider now ...Read more
I have bruising on my back and side area, could that have something to do with broken or bruised ribs?
Trauma: This type of bruising is usually due to trauma. If you are experiencing rib pain you should obtain a chest xray. If there is no history of recent injury/trauma, you must have your blood checked for bleeding disorders. ...Read more
Not exactly.: Ben gay and other topicals can help with the pain associated with bruised ribs. However, it doesn't usually speed up the process. Bruised ribs can be painful for a couple of weeks 4-8 weeks so be patient with it. ...Read more
I have had sever rib pain for a week now. My dr said it may be bruised ribs but last nicght I pooped lots of blood and this morning to. .
See a physician: You need to see a doctor about this. ...Read more
Had bruised ribs in Afghanistan in 2011. Now I get sharp pains in left lower part of ribs and both sides are sore most of the time. Any idea?
Rib pain: The bruises that you had before on you ribs will cause inflammation in the cartilage part of the ribs and late will cause pain it called costocomdritis it could be very painful you need to apply warm compressor or pads and take ibuprofen 600-800 mg every six hours for 5-7 days ...Read more
Yes: I don't see any problem with that. Let pain be your guide - if playing results in severe pain then you may need to continue resting a few more days. If pain remains severe/persistent then see a doctor to get evaluation/x-rays. ...Read more
If I have bruised ribs from a car wreck and they told me my platelet count is low and where my ribs are bruised is bleeding what can that be?
I have a rash on my lower left back, and for somereason I also feel symptoms that of bruised ribs, the bruising pain is isolated down on bottom left.?
See a DR.: Maybe you have shingles. If you have shingles (zoster), the pill for it is most effective if started on the first, second, or third day. Your dr. Will be able to determine what you have. ...Read more
What kind of compensation should we be looking at for whip lash bruised ribs, back pain and sciatica resulting?
Cannot say: This is a question better answered by an attorney not a doctor. A doctor can help you with your physical problems but is not in a position to discuss compensation with you. ...Read more
How long does pain from bruised ribs last its been 2 weeks for me and still have some mild pain. X ray showed no fractures. I'm 70 yrs. Old.
3 to 4 weeks: It usually takes 3, 4 even 6 weeks in some cases. ...Read more
Will my bruised ribs cause me not to have a bowel movement I bruised my ribs a week and a half ago I haven't had a bowel moement for 4-5 days I also have i.B.S. So don't know if the hurt ribs are effecting me or not I damaged them (ribs) in the front and
Bruised ribs won't prevent you from moving your bowels, but it's natural to feel afraid of moving your bowels if it causes you to have rib pain. It's a psychological thing.
Speaking from personal experience, the best thing you can do is try to relax. When the fruit is ripe, it falls from the tree! Ask your doctor if it's ok to take a mild stool softener like dulcolax, so you'll not strain and have rib pain.
Sit, relax, give yourself time, bring something to read to distract you, and let nature take its course, and don't feel you must go. Believe me, you will go when you're ready. ...Read more
Have pain in chest that seems to get better when laying flat or staying still. EKG normal, most likely broken or bruised ribs/muscles around heart?
Chest pain: From out here can't tell what's going on. Musculoskeletal causes are certainly possible but can't tell from out here what's going on with you. ...Read more
After a fall, having pain in chest, bruise on Left breast, xray neg diagnosed bruised ribs if deep breath pain, hear/feel fluid in chest Why?
Further evaluation: Since you're still having other symptoms that would not be explained by a bruised rib you need to further evaluation to clarify your symptoms ...Read more
I recently had pneumonia and now I have severe pain in my left chest. Sleeping and any movement is agonizing. Is it possible I have bruised ribs?
If you have: Severe pain, why would you not have that checked out immediately? Wh would you have bruised ribs? Are you coughing alot? ...Read more