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I was in a car accident over a year ago and hurt my sternum. My sternum still hurts past couple weeks worse than usually. When will pain stop.

I was in a car accident over a year ago and hurt my sternum. My sternum still hurts past couple weeks worse than usually. When will pain stop.

See answer: Pain form a year ago, should have resolved at this point. At times, areas of previous injury can be exacerbated if that area gets re-injured or affected again by something. At times, injuries predispose you to always having some chance of pain that crops up in the area throughout your life. Check with your dr. As they know your case and may be able to provide some relief. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Motor Vehicle Accident (Definition)

Motor vehicle accident (MVA) is an event that is a common cause of injury, disability, and death, because of the high speed of impact and the large mass of the vehicles. An MVA can be automobile vs. Automobile, auto vs. Motorcycle, motorcycle vs. Motorcycle, motor vehicle vs. Bicyclist/pedestrian, or motor vehicle vs. ...Read more


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I have several spine chips from a car accident. I am in a lot of pain. Will this last for ever. Should I be worried had a car accident. Broke 3 ribs, my speen, my sternum, and several bone chips on my spine.....Is this serious

I have several spine chips from a car accident. I am in a lot of pain. Will this last for ever. Should I be worried had a car accident. Broke 3 ribs, my speen, my sternum, and several bone chips on my spine.....Is this serious

Sounds Serious: You really need to get expert medical attention. How long pain lasts depends upon how serious the injury is and how long it will take to heal. You really need to get this checked out thoroughly. If for no other reason than to manage your pain effectively. ...Read more

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I have mitral valve regurgitation. Also a car accident where my sternum fractured and took the full trauma. Is a transthoratic test needed? Worried..

I have mitral valve regurgitation. Also a car accident where my sternum fractured and took the full trauma. Is a transthoratic test needed? Worried..

Nothing further: If all of your procedures were negative you were adequately worked up. If you develop new symptoms then I would have them repeat the electrocardiogram and do a CT (more diagnostic than MRI) of the chest ...Read more

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Chest pain after car accident. Should I see a doctor?

Yes!: Chest pain after a car accident could represent skeletal injury (rib fractures, sternal fracture) or cardiac injury (blunt cardiac injury, myocardial ischemia). If you are having other symptoms, see your nearest emergency department. If this is isolated to just your chest and its reproducible with pushing on your sternum (i.e., breast bone), it's likely skeletal and can be managed with meds. ...Read more

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I do moderate excercise and was in a recent car accident since then I've had sharp stingy pain in my upper back and now left side chest and neck?

Pain after MVA: Presumably, you had xrays after trauma. If not, I would suggest you do. In absence of significant injury on xray, I would suspect whiplash to explain neck/upper back symptoms. Seat belt injury may have caused ac sprain. If you're tender where the collarbone meets the shoulder, voilå. Generally, treatment involves nsaid's, ice/heat, salonpas hot patches, and mckenzie pt if not improving (doc's rx). ...Read more

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I was in a car accident about a month ago. When the impact hit my seat belt cut into my chest. I'm still having chest pain when I move. Is this normal?

See doc: Sounds likely expected- you can cause various intercostal muscle tares, rib "bruising", fractures etc some of which may not readily show up on radiologic studies. As it is primarily with movement it is most likely musculoskeletal in origin, an so will improve with time and anti inflammatory meds like motrin, but you should see your doc to be safe. There are always oddities that doc may need to see. ...Read more

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Could a seatbelt cause injury to your chest when your in a car accident?

Could a seatbelt cause injury to your chest when your in a car accident?

Most certainly: Depending on the speed of the crash and from what direction you were hit, the restrictive mechanism of the seatbelt has the potential to cause damage to the chest wall as well as other structures within the chest. A thorough history and physical examination by your primary care provider or an emergency room physician would be warranted if you are having pain or shortness of breath. ...Read more

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How can I relieve the pain I have from a bruised chest after a car accident?

Aspirin: If you can take Aspirin (or ibuprofen), take it 1-3 times every day (if it';s ok with your md) to get rid of the inflammation. ...Read more

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My husband was in a car accident 5 days ago & was checked out in the ER but last night had extreme pain in his left chest area. Is this normal?

No: Reccomed seeing physician. A fracture rib may have been missed and although you didn't mention his age, cardiac (heart/lung) difficulties need to be ruled out ...Read more

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Why is my neck and chest sore one day after a car accident?

Why is my neck and chest sore one day after a car accident?

See a physician: Most neck injuries in automobile accidents are a result of sudden deceleration of the vehicle resulting in what is commonly referred to as "whiplash"- at minimum, this represents a sprain or strain but could be more serious (i.e. A herniated disc or fracture). Your chest may be sore due to deceleration against the seat belt restraint which can bruise the chest wall or possibly fracture a rib. ...Read more

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How long should my chest be extremely sore from seat belt after a car accident?

How long should my chest be extremely sore from seat belt after a car accident?

Ouch: This is variable - could be several days for some or several weeks for others. It depends on the force and your body's muscle mass/tone. The bigger issue is if you have trouble breathing or sharp chest pains, this could indicate internal injury. If so, would talk to your doc about getting a chest x-ray tomorrow am or go to an er. Otherwise, anti inflammatories like Ibuprofen will help muscle pain. ...Read more

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Airbag hit my sisters chest (breasts) in a car accident a few days ago. She didn't tell the drs because it wasn't bad but they're covered in red bruises?

Take her back to: urgent care to get looked at for burns and
possible MRi/cat scan to asses for internal injuries. Find out what is going on to stop it and treat it, its easier that way. Delaying help makes things worse. ...Read more

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Can mediastinitis caused by car accident /esopagus damage be seen in plain 2 view chest X-ray?

Can mediastinitis caused by car accident /esopagus damage be seen in plain 2 view chest X-ray?

Not necessarily: The effects of esophageal rupture or injury may be noticed on plain films as widening of mediastinum and fluid in pleural space. Usually consideration of symptoms chest pain, chills, fever, general discomfort and shortness of breath. Usually inflammation associated with bacterial infection requiring antibiotic therapy. Supplemental testing includes esophagogram and CT exam. ...Read more

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I was in a car accident. The seat belt made an indention in my chest, leaving the left side numb with no nipple sensation. Will I get feeling again?

I was in a car accident. The seat belt made an indention in my chest, leaving the left side numb with no nipple sensation. Will I get feeling again?

Most likely: You will get the feeling back. Your nerves got compressed by the seat belt, which is not uncommon. Without the seat belt, you could have suffered worse injuries. Heat and cold applications to the affected area may help, but time will heal it and you should not worry. ...Read more

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I got into a car accident when I was 12 and only had minor bruising on my chest, so now whenever I run, my chest tightens and it's hard to breathe?

See a doctor: Breathing problems and chest pain can be caused by many reasons. Some are simple and of no importance but some can need immediate attention. I suggest that you see a doctor right away. ...Read more

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I was in a car accident when I was 12 and only had minor bruising on my chest, now when I run, my chest tightens and I have difficulty breathing. Why?

Unrelated: You are likely experiencing exercise induced asthma / bronchospasm. See your doctor for an exam. One or two puffs of albuterol inhaler before exercise may be all that is needed to alleviate your symptoms. ...Read more

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I came out of hospital a month ago from a car accident, I had bruised and crushed and lungs and a bruised chest, im 18, fairly healthy, can I drink?

In moderation: It should be fine to have some alcoholic beverages, as long as it is in moderation. Don't go overboard. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Car accident 3weeks ago, car was totaled. Ct scan was fine. Neck and shoulder pain reduced. Still chest pain more on left side. Should I be worried?

Needs worked up: Rarely, a car accident can cause sheer forces that affect the heart. You might also be having chest pain that's unrelated to the crash. I recommend calling your doctor tomorrow and be seen to investigate the chest pain. ...Read more

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1wk Ago car Accident&Extreme pain in chest do have brusing from seatbelts&air bags? CT showed no brakes? SaltBaths&Heat&OTC nor pain Meds R not helping

Get checked: MVA related injuries are very common from seat belts, airbags, and from the steering wheel. Potentially, ribs, clavicle, cervical spine and the kidney could be injured. Get checked, or rechecked. ...Read more

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MRI shows small central disc osteophytic complex at t8-t9 for other issue. Then Car accident in June causing severe pain in back, neck, shoulder and radiates to chest. Should I get another MRI? Current doctor won't send me.

Potentially: If you are having severe symptoms of pain following a car accident, further workup
Should be considered. Among those possible studies would be an MRI or ct scan. You certainly would not rely on findings on an MRI done before your injury to explain why you are having pain from your injury. ...Read more

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Daughter-15yrs- in car accident July '14 Lung contusions & chest pain. Noncontrast ct at time. Since, has raised resting heartbeat-95+ & chest pain?

Rhythm: Best to have detailed heart rhythm evaluation including a Holter; also possibility of hyperthyroidism if heart rate is high thru the day ...Read more

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I was in a car accident early Sat a.m. went to ER chest X-ray was clear. Airbags deployed. My upper rt leg muscle is now throbbing. Is this a clot?

I was in a car accident early Sat a.m. went to ER chest X-ray was clear. Airbags deployed. My upper rt leg muscle is now throbbing. Is this a clot?

Most likely you had: A contusion (blunt trauma related injury) to your R leg, perhaps causing a small hematoma (blood bruise) in your deep muscle. These typically cause the most pain and swelling. However a venous clot certainly cannot be completely excluded especially if you have risk factors for blood clots (e.g. smoking, recent surgery or long distance travel, cancer, etc.). If it continues to hurt a lot, see MD ...Read more

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Was in a tbone car accident yest an hit a tree also having trouble breathing thru nose mouth is ok. Is it from sore chest muscles?

Trouble breathing: Not if breathing through the mouth is okay. If you're having trouble breathing through the nose it could be occluded from blood, swelling or passageway damage such as a fracture. This needs to be evaluated either by your physician or in the emergency room. ...Read more

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Back pain after car accident? What should I do?

Back pain after car accident? What should I do?

Have you been: Medically evaluated? Acute injury with MVA warrants medical evaluation. ...Read more

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My 20 year old sister has severe nerve pain after car accident. Nothing works. No medication. I feel awful watching her cry every night. Any advice?

My 20 year old sister has severe nerve pain after car accident. Nothing works. No medication. I feel awful watching her cry every night. Any advice?

Nerve pain: Neurosurgeons are experts in the treatment of nerve pain. Alternatively, pain management physicians and neurologists can help your sister reduce the nerve pain. There are many excellent neurosurgeons in the phoenix area that help your sister. A neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of pain can offer additional or alternative treatments to medication. ...Read more

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Chronic neck pain after car accident- I'm only in my 20's. Should I go ahead and the radio frequency ablation? Concerned bc of my age. Thanks!

More information: In order to provide an answer for you, more information is needed. Best to discuss these factors with your primary care Dr., neurologist or pain management specialist. ...Read more

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Haven't been feeling well, since a car accident, should I see a doctor?

Depends: How long ago you were in the accident if it is a day or so, it is normal to feel like you have been beat up and pounded, but this should improve. If it is more than a week or so I would see a doc just to be sure. ...Read more