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Broken or bruised rib? How can I tell which?

Broken or bruised rib? How can I tell which?

Hard to tell: If its just one rib, it is hard to tell on exam, and sometimes even xray. A ct scan would tell, but involves radiation and sometimes a high cost. ...Read more

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Bruise (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are a discoloration and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the tissues. Pupura refers to bruising as the result of a disease condition. A very small bruise is called a petechia. These often appear as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could ...Read more


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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 ...Read more

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Broken or bruised rib? Hurts when I take a deep breath sharp pain?

Broken or bruised  rib? Hurts when I take a deep breath sharp pain?

?trauma: If you have had trauma to the chest cage the rib or ribs could be fractured or bruised as the symptoms are essentially similar except for the duration of the discomfort. An x-Ray of the rib cage makes the diagnosis. There is no specific treatment except rest and pain relief unless there are lung complications. If there has been no injury, then a pinched intercostal nerve may cause sharp pain also. ...Read more

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Bruised, cracked, and broken rib. Should I leave him?

Bruised, cracked, and broken rib. Should I leave him?

If: If you are implyiing that "he" injured you, then yes, you should get away from such an individual. No one should be abused. (if I am understaning you correctly.) be careful, have a support group - speak to someone i.E social worker, psychologist, the police to make sure you seperate in a manner that will not put you in more jeopardy. ...Read more

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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

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