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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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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
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Rib Fracture (Definition)

An injury that occurs when one of the bones in ...Read more


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How do I tell if I have a rib fracture or just bruising?

How do I tell if I have a rib fracture or just bruising?

You cannot: With exam and xrays it is possible to determine most of the time. Some do not clarify for a few weeks and bone resorption at the fracture becomes obvious. Both hurt a lot! ...Read more

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If i can walk upright and do my job (office work ) could i still have a bruised or broken rib? Or would i be unable to do so?

If i can walk upright and do my job (office work ) could i still have a bruised or broken rib? Or would i be unable to do so?

It depends: The location and displacement of a fracture, associated injuries, time from the injury, and individual pain tolerance all factor into activity tolerance with a broken rib. If you are having serious problems. See a doctor. ...Read more

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How do I know if it is a rib fracture or bruise?

How do I know if it is a rib fracture or bruise?

X-ray: Sometimes one can feel the rib moving or flail. Mostly a diagnosis of imaging. Both bruise and rib fracture are hurtful! ...Read more

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Cracked, bruised or broken rib? Not sure, but regular chest X-ray can or cannot tell?

Need further work: With this, you'll need further work up. A chest ct scan will tell for sure, but the treatment migh be the same: time. It really depends on your situation and what's injured. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with a rib fracture or bruise as it can be said...What diet do I take to enhance early back to work routine?

I have been diagnosed with a rib fracture or bruise as it can be said...What diet do I take to enhance early back to work routine?

Balanced diet: Agree with dr. Merriman. Key is complete and balanced diet. Supplemental vitamins and minerals as needed under the guidance of your family physician. That said, the most critical thing in rib bruise and/or minor fracture is to keep active, deep breath and simple stretching exercises. Do not tape or wrap or restrict your chest. ...Read more

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Broken rib, bruised lung. Prescribed Percocet & Methocarbamol. Should I take together or alternate? Time intervals?

Broken rib, bruised lung.  Prescribed Percocet &  Methocarbamol.   Should I take together or alternate?  Time intervals?

Discuss w/ Dr: The Dr who prescribed is the right one to provide these directions as well as other questions you may have about side effects and effectiveness - what to do and what to avoid in detail. I hope it heals well! ...Read more

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Is there any reason to go to the hospital if i think I have a bad bruise or a possible rib fracture ?

Is there any reason to go to the hospital if i think I have a bad bruise or a possible rib fracture  ?

Yes: Yes, if you note shortness of breath, severe chest pain, productive cough (especially if coughing up anything that has any blood streaks in it) or if you feel a "crunchiness" to the skin overlying the possible area of rib fracture. These signs would suggest complications. Otherwise, not necessary to go to the hospital since there is very little that can be done for a fractured or bruised rib. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a rib fracture, muscle strain, and bruise?

What are the differences between a rib fracture, muscle strain, and bruise?

Similar pain: All three of these injuries can have a similar presentation of chest wall pain and pain with movement and expansion i the rib cage. The difference may come in the mechanism of injury and recovery time. A rib fracture and bruise can take 4-6 weeks to full recover while a muscle strain could heal quicker. A x-ray can locate a fracture but treatment is similar. Assure good deep breaths and rest. ...Read more

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Please explain what are some symptoms of a broken rib(s)?

Please explain what are some symptoms of a broken rib(s)?

Pain with inhalation: The most classic symptom is rib pain (often severe) with a deep breath. If the fracture is severe the rib may float independently from the other ribs. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a broken rib in athlete?

Pain in the chest: Usually after a blow to the chest and accompanied by pain at the site of injury, pain on breathing, and pain when you push on the breastbone. A chest xray may be needed after an exam by a physician. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a rib fracture?

Severe pain: Severe usually sharp pain of the chest wall increasing with movements, other conditions can cause that as well, so the only way to be sure is to have an x-ray of the ribs. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a broken rib?

What are the symptoms of a broken rib?

Pain: Following some trauma? Pain, shortness of breath, tender over that rib and perhaps above and below sometimes numbness toward the front of the chest if the underlying lung was traumatized: pneumothorax hematoma and pleural effusions are potentials. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a rib fracture besides pain?

What are the symptoms of a rib fracture besides pain?

Pain with breathing: 1) pain when sneezing coughing, laughing, going to the bathroom, twisting, getting dressed, pain with breathing. 2) note - many other things can mimic a rib fracgure including a heart attack (!) , herpes zoster (shingles) and GI issues so get checked out . . The good news is that most rib fractures do not require surgery but do indeed hurt and take weeks or months to improve. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a collapsed lung. Symptoms of a rib fracture?

What are the symptoms of a collapsed lung. Symptoms of a rib fracture?

Difficult breathing: Initially chest pain, palpable crepitance- rice crispies in the chest wall, . Later fever, pneumonia, cough along with short of breath. Rib trauma and significant local pain! limited chest wall motion. ...Read more

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How do you heal a broken rib?

How do you heal a broken rib?

Time: All broken bones heal with time usually. A high calcium diet may help speed things up if you're deficient, but ultimately, time is the only cure. ...Read more

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How can a broken rib be fixed?

Tincture of time: A simple rib fracture is usually allowed to heal on its' own. A more complex fracture that has injured underlying lung may require surgical reduction but that is unusual. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a broken rib?

How can I tell if I have a broken rib?

Chest X-Ray...: Often you can suspect it by having pain with breathing. Broken ribs are usually caused by trauma of some sort (car accident, fights, falling, etc). The best test is an x-ray or ct scan to determine for sure. The treatment is usually just pain medication alone. Rarely is surgery used for broken ribs. ...Read more

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