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Have rib contusions what is the best thing to do for pain.

Have rib contusions what is the best thing to do for pain.

Conservative care: Just go with tylenol (acetaminophen) and advil with local heat alternating with cold. You don't want to wrap your chest with an ace bandage or any other type of binder, because you don't want to inhibit full inhalation or you may set yourself up for getting a pneumonia! relative rest and time should do the job. If things don't get any better or you have shortness of breath, you may need to check in with your fp. ...Read more

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DX with severe RT side rib contusion around waist. Should I be feeling pain in front around liver area too? Could the rib pain be causing constipation

DX with severe RT side rib contusion around waist. Should I be feeling pain in front around liver area too? Could the rib pain be causing constipation

It can radiate: around the front sides are the sensory nerves(intercostals) for the chest wall travel on the underside of the ribs. Constipation though would necessarily be caused by the contusion unless you are taking medications that could slow the intestinal tract like Vicodin, Percocet, oxycodone or that it's keeping you in bed with limited activity(moveing around stimulates your GI tract!) ...Read more

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I had a very deep tissue massage(almost2hr) how can I tell if I'm feeling rib contusion or possible fracture ?

I had a very deep tissue massage(almost2hr) how can I tell if I'm feeling rib contusion or possible fracture ?

Massage: If you have swelling/pain at that area where deep massage was given for two hours, go to the doctor and get an x-ray. It could be muscle spasm/muscle injury also. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a bone bruise in the ribs to heal?

How long does it take for a bone bruise in the ribs to heal?

6 to 8 weeks: Most rib injuries are fractures. Rib "bruises" are most likely fractures in which the ends fit together so well they can't be seen on xray. In most people, rib fractures heal completely in 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does a chest contusion from a trampoline accident take to heal? Am i allowed to ride roller coasters? Will it affect me later on?

How long does a chest contusion from a trampoline accident take to heal? Am i allowed to ride roller coasters? Will it affect me later on?

A few weeks: Contusions are simply bruises and take a few weeks to completely go away;l however, they may simply be a symptom of an underlying rib or joint injury. If it doesn;t get better it should be checked. It it is just a bruise then no problem with coasters or the future. ...Read more

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On my rib underneath my breast theres a slight bruise and I've had it for a long time now not much pain just a little discomfort what could it be?

On my rib underneath my breast theres  a slight bruise and I've had it for a long time now not much pain just a little discomfort what could it be?

Hemangioma/hematoma: It depends on how long you had the "bruise" for: if few weeks or few months it may be a hematoma (blood that leaked from ruptured vessels due to trauma or bruising) and should clear shortly but if you had for years or since birth it can be a vascular anomaly or hemangioma (benign tumor of blood vessels). If it blanches (turns pale) whem you press it, it is likely a hemangioma ...Read more

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Woke up Having pain middle chest bone area 2days now hurts like a sharp,bruise,heavy kinda feeling. When I take Deep breath feels heavy.

Woke up Having pain middle chest bone area 2days now hurts like a sharp,bruise,heavy kinda feeling. When I take Deep breath feels heavy.

Chest pain: There are a number of conditions that cause chest pain. The most serious is an acute cardiac event. Others are from costochondiritis, pneumonia, fluid in the lungs - to name a few. Evaluation by a physician is needed to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Severe chest pain for over 6mo. Every time I sneeze my chest feels like it's about to burst. Bend over, inhale, cough hurts as well. Bruises afterward?

Severe chest pain for over 6mo. Every time I sneeze my chest feels like it's about to burst. Bend over, inhale, cough hurts as well. Bruises afterward?

Chest wall problem: Hi. There is not enough information here to really guess at a cause. I wish we knew your age; that helps make some more or less likely. Your symptoms sound like some issue with the chest wall, which could include trauma, broken rib, costochondritis, pleuritis, etc, etc. It's been going on for 6 months...probably time to go see your doctor. ...Read more

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My ribs are hurting so bad like they are bruise can't touch them and no reason for them to hurt what could be causing this?

My ribs are hurting so bad like they are bruise can't touch them and no reason for them to hurt what could be causing this?

Chondritis?: You can develop an inflammatory condition of the costal cartilages that would cause pain of the anterior ribcage. ...Read more

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My ribs hurt when i touch them-only in the front. The pain is excruciating. What could this be? After i touch a spot, it will bruise and hurt for days

My ribs hurt when i touch them-only in the front. The pain is excruciating. What could this be? After i touch a spot, it will bruise and hurt for days

Unusual: You are describing something which is unusual. Bruising from your touch alone makes one wonder if you might have a bleeding or clotting disorder. You should get that checked out. ...Read more

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My right rib hurts under my breast. No bruise. No injury. Nausea-no vomiting. Causes?

My right rib hurts under my breast. No bruise. No injury. Nausea-no vomiting.  Causes?

Muscular: You likely either hurt the muscle or bruised the bone, especially if it hurts to the touch. Would take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen for a few days to see if it gets better. If you have other symptoms or problems breathing you may need to see your doctor. It may take several weeks to go away ...Read more

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Hot wheels box fell on me at work, hit my ribs, got bad pain immediately, still hurting hrs later, hurts when I breathe too, did I bruise it? No marks

Hot wheels box fell on me at work, hit my ribs, got bad pain immediately, still hurting hrs later, hurts when I breathe too, did I bruise it? No marks

Mgt: I would suggest a heating pad,rest and Motrin as needed. If you have any shortness of breath or trouble breathing, please visit the ED.
If you are still in pain after one day, please see your PCP. Most likely you did bruise the ribs/chest wall. ...Read more

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Very tender lump/cyst/bruise thing about an inch from bottom of 11th rib, right side. Size of a dime, sometimes hurts on its own (sharp, quick pain w/breathing) ... Can't recall injury. Cause?

Several possiblities: The tender lump that causes pain can be due to several causes. These would include a cyst, abscess, growth, and others.
It should be evaluated by a physician soon.
In the meanwhile, you can try to apply moist heat and take Ibuprofen as needed. ...Read more

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I've had tenderness - like a bruise - at the bottom on my ribs for about a year now. When i sit down it mostly hurts. I also have asthma.

I've had tenderness - like a bruise - at the bottom on my ribs for about a year now. When i sit down it mostly hurts. I also have asthma.

Unlikely asthma: Asthma symptoms are cough, wheeze, shortness of breath, chest tightness and difficulty breathing. Rib tenderness would not be a symptom of asthma. Possibilities to explain rib pain are fracture from trauma or other muscle-skeletal issue involving bone or small joints where ribs connect. The pain with a certain motion points to the muscle or bone and not the lungs. ...Read more

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What is pain in ribs from?Especially on right side.Hurts to move, very sore to touch.Feels like I'm bruised but no bruises.Comes and goes every month

Costochondritis: This sounds like inflammation of the cartilage attaching your ribs to your sternum. Try taking naproxen or ibuprofen when you get it and see if it helps. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Severe and burning pain under the left armpit on the ribs. Hurts w/ light touch, really bad pain when pushed on or twist. No visible bruise or rash.

Severe and burning pain under the left armpit on the ribs. Hurts w/ light touch, really bad pain when pushed on or twist. No visible bruise or rash.

Possibly shingles: Shingles starts out as a burning pain which is highly sensitive with no visible rash. The rash comes a few days later. You might also have some other type of infection. Shingles should be treated early with an antiviral to prevent scarring and neuralgia (nerve pain) that can be long-lasting. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a contusion to my right shoulder and chest wall and cannot take nsaids. The rib pain is intense and I was injured a month ago. What can Ido?

I have a contusion to my right shoulder and chest wall and cannot take nsaids. The rib pain is intense  and I was injured a month ago. What can Ido?

Topical: You could try a topical pain reliever. Some pharmacists compound their own. Voltaren (diclofenac) gel is effective ( NSAID but topical so you may be able to use it) and is a prescription med. Maybe try a chiropractor or osteopath for gentle manipulation. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with severe contusion of the ribs. Meds have constipated me...can I take Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) or what else is recommended? Colace-no relief!!

Diagnosed with severe contusion of the ribs.  Meds have constipated me...can I take Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) or what else is recommended? Colace-no relief!!

Miralax (polyethylene glycol) / DSS: Constipation frequently occurs when one needs to take opiates for post operative / traumatic pain.
I found that Miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily and DSS is the best remedy, adjust dose for effect. Continue to use while on pain meds ...Read more

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I think i pulled a top rib muscle coughing (sarcoidosis), how long does it take to heal? What can I do coughing kills even hurts to touch breast.

I think i pulled a top rib muscle coughing (sarcoidosis), how long does it take to heal? What can I do coughing kills even hurts to touch breast.

Chest pain: If you've inflammed an intercostal muscle or a chest wall muscle it can take some weeks to heal. Your chest is constantly moving with respiration and coughing irritates it also, both slow healing somewhat. You might be able to take Ibuprofen to make things more comfortable. It is isn't improving should see your doc. ...Read more