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

You cannot

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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!
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Dr. Kim M. Fagan answered:

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

Yes

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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.
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Dr. Loki Skylizard answered:

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

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

X-ray

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Sometimes one can feel the rib moving or flail. Mostly a diagnosis of imaging. Both bruise and rib fracture are hurtful!
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Dr. David L. Salko answered:

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

Similar pain

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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
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Dr. Marianna Post answered:

What are the signs of a rib fracture?

Severe pain

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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.
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Dr. Paul Kovatis answered:

What are the symptoms of a rib fracture besides pain?

Pain with breathing

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

Difficult breathing

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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
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What should I do if I have a rib fracture?

Be sure

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X-ray, and pain control. In young persons, a single rib is pretty well tolerated. If multiple, or flail, or aged patient the risk of pneumonia and bleeding are increased.
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Dr. Marianna Post answered:

What does it feel like to have a rib fracture?

It hurts

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It really hurts to have a rib fracture, makes it hard to take a breath.
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