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Dr. Michael Roman
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
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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.

Dr. Michael Roman
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
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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.

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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Dr. Bret Boyle
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Dr. Philip Miller
Board Certified, Family Medicine
42 years in practice
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I have bruising on my back and side area, could that have something to do with broken or bruised ribs?

Dr. Philip Miller
Board Certified, Family Medicine
42 years in practice
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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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Dr. Bret Boyle
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Dr. Nikhil Karanth
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
18 years in practice
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I have a broken coccyx & bruised ribs. My stomach under my ribs is now swollen. Is this normal. It is 3wks since i slipped in the shower.

Dr. Nikhil Karanth
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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I have a broken coccyx & bruised ribs. My stomach under my ribs is now swollen. Is this normal. It is 3wks since i slipped in the shower.

Possible hurt muscle: It sounds that you might of injured the abdominal muscles however would need to ensure other matters such as 1)bowel movements ok; 2) no nausea/vomiting ...Read more

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Board Certified, Cardiology
46 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Board Certified, Cardiology
46 years in practice
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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

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Dr. Bret Boyle
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Dr. Norma Jo Waxman
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Pain for bruised ribs. What can I take to help the pain?

Dr. Norma Jo Waxman
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
34 years in practice
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How do I care for bruised ribs?

Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
34 years in practice
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Fete
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
17 years in practice
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How much time can bruised ribs last?

Dr. Eric Fete
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
17 years in practice
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How much time can bruised ribs last?

Weeks: weeks or a month or more if fractured. ...Read more

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Dr. Neil Ellis
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
8 years in practice
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What are powerful ways to reduce the pain of bruised ribs?

Dr. Neil Ellis
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
8 years in practice
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Ryan Stanton
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
13 years in practice
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How long does it take bruised ribs to heal?

Dr. Ryan Stanton
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
13 years in practice
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Depends: It depends on the severity and whether there is a fracture involved, but it could be 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
27 years in practice
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What are the symptoms of having a few bruised ribs?

Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
27 years in practice
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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

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