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Fractured Ribs Can You Smoke Weed
I am 16 years old and smoke weed could I get lung cancer? I get pains where my ribs are on the left side
A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more
I smoke weed most days and started to get a weezy chest and sore cough with shortness of breath. Why is this?
All smoking is bad: You smoke - that is why. Smoking anything is bad. ...Read more
Thoracic compression: Rib pain is significant and lasts a long time. Compression of the thorax and splinting the injured ribs is helpful. It is the reason that you hold and press against your chest about the area of the fractured rib. Historically, rib binders were use. If you're female, and extra length paneled brassiere will help support the chest wall. For the fellas – ace wrapping or strapping. Beware pneumonia! ...Read more
Prevent: Further injury to the lung by the broken rib. Once at the hospital or doctors office you may be told that no other treatment is needed if it's just one rib. Be seen by a physician. ...Read more
Time: Time and pain meds. Other than that, operative rib fixation will decrease the time, but at the expense if operative risk, which is low. The procedure however is not frequently done, and you may have a tough time finding anyone who does it. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Rib pain: Listen to your body. Exercise as much as you can tolerate. ...Read more
How long does it take for fractured ribs to heal? Are there any huge risks of walking around with broken ribs?
Rib healing: No real good studies on rib fractures. They can hurt for weeks or longer depending on how bad the fractures are. Usually walking around is good. ...Read more
I fractured left rib 6, 7, 8, 9 in 2008. I still have soreness, sometimes abit more than other times. Is this common all these years later?
Maybe: It's not uncommon to have aches and pains years after an injury. If it's mild, I wouldn't worry about it. If it's limiting your activities, or more severe, see you doctor for a more complete evaluation and ask in an X-ray it crashes scan is appropriate. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Having bad rib pain that moves to the middle and upper rib on left side. I fractured it when I had pnmonia 5 months agoHad an x-ray Dr's sayis ok?
Left pleuritic pain: Was the X-ray repeated now? If normal then suggest ECG to exclude cardiac disease, and nerve conduction study to exclude intercostal nerve injury. Also consider FBC and SPEP to exclude non benign pathology like myeloma. ...Read more
I fractured two ribs three days ago, how dangerous is it to go for a run? I'm training for a marathon but I'm planning to only do half the training.
Can't take a break?: Seriously consider that you can't run a marathon with broken ribs. Take the time to invest in letting your body heal. If you are that addicted to exercise, take a step back and think about your motivations. Are you really exercising excessively due to body image issues? There are variant forms of anorexia/eating disorders involving inability to stop exercising. Consider obsessive compulsive issues. ...Read more
Easy to break a rib!: If you've had an injury that puts unusual force against a rib, you may be able to feel a very tender spot at the point of fracture. An xray can confirm a fracture. Often, however, you don't see the fracture initially - but a little while later, after new bone has formed around the fracture site. You often don't do much - other than comfort measures - as the broken rib heals...About six weeks! ...Read more
Pain control: Pain control is the mainstay for fractured ribs. Only on rare occasions, when patients are polytraumatized, we will operate on them using plates and screws to improve their lung function and decrease their stay in the icu. Otherwise, we let them heal on their own. ...Read more
Yes: It is possible but not common. I'd consider muscle injury as a more likely culprit. The pain from that can continue for a month or more. ...Read more
I've had cough. It's like a pulling sensation almost. Do you think I might've fractured a rib, advise?
I got tackled by a stray dog. I hit the ground hard. For the last two days I've had a pain in my floating rib area. Could a rib be fractured?
Malunion: It is common enough.Get a more detailed answer ›
Xray! Rib injuries: Depending on the history of injury, x-rays may or may not be necessary, as treatment is generally symptomatic and no different from bruised ribs versus fractured ribs. However, to definitively diagnose whether a rib is fractured or bruised, x-rays or some other radiographic modality (mri, ct) would be needed. ...Read more
Not exactly...: Young, otherwise healthy individuals that develop pain/tenderness with severe cough are not likely to have "broken a rib". Cough induced rib fractures generally occur in a specific segment of the population with or without predisposing conditions/pathology. This link may provide a summary: http://goo. Gl/qokhr. ...Read more
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