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Doctor insights on: Broken Ribs Vs Bruised Ribs

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How do I care for bruised ribs?

How do I care for bruised ribs?

Rest, meds: There is not much you can do for bruised ribs you will need to rest until symptoms resolve and nsaids may help. Its good to get an xray to make sure you don't have a fracture which will obviously take 6-8 weeks to heal.

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How much time can bruised ribs last?

How much time can bruised ribs last?

Weeks: Weeks or a month or more if fractured.

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How long does it take bruised ribs to heal?

How long does it take bruised ribs to heal?

Depends: It depends on the severity and whether there is a fracture involved, but it could be 6-8 weeks.

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What can I do to help bruised ribs heal faster?

What can I do to help bruised ribs heal faster?

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.

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What are the symptoms of having a few bruised ribs?

What are the symptoms of having a few bruised ribs?

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.

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Pain for bruised ribs. What can I take to help the pain?

Pain for bruised ribs. What can I take to help the pain?

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.

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What are powerful ways to reduce the pain of bruised ribs?

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.

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What to do if I have cracked or bruised ribs?

What to do if I have cracked or bruised ribs?

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.

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What kind of pain pills can I take for bruised ribs?

What kind of pain pills can I take for bruised ribs?

NSAIDS: Nonsteroidal anti inflammatory medications can be very helpful for musculoskeletal pain. My patients have found auricular acupuncture superior to both nsaid's and narcotics for rib fractures/ pain.

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What would cause pain under left ribs when bending over? No trauma or bruised ribs!

A couple of thoughts: Pain like you describe is usually seen with enlargement of the spleen. This is typically due to a viral infection, such as mono. Constipation and pockets of gas in your colon can also do this.

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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.

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

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Can bruised ribs cause nausea?

Can bruised ribs cause nausea?

Ribs: The pain from bruised ribs can in some people cause nausea.

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So tired and lethargic with bruised ribs, what's wrong?

So tired and lethargic with bruised ribs, what's wrong?

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

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What are the best ways to take care of bruised ribs, (or muscle around the ribs)?

What are the best ways to take care of bruised ribs, (or muscle around the ribs)?

Rest: Rest, warm compresses to area, deep breathing exercises to prevent pneumonia from occurring. Topical herbal poultices can be helpful for pain and speeding recovery. I get good results with recovazon topical gel. Check my website for details www. Medac4u.Com.

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I have bruising on my back and side area, could that have something to do with broken or bruised ribs?

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.

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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?

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

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Please advise if it's okay to play baseball with minor bruised ribs after several days of rest?

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.