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Sternum Pain After Car Accident
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
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
I was in a car accident about 3 months ago and had a fractured sternum and I am still having chest pain and pain near it. Is their something wrong or am I still healing?
Here are some...: The pace of healing after injury widely varies among persons reflecting the degree of injury and personal healing ability. In general, time and patience remains the best care after trauma and it is okay as long as slowly but surely getting better day by day. The healing is maximized in 6 months and optimized in 2 years, but still not guaranteeing to be pain-free. So, check with your doctor... ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
Had a car accident last night, and I am experiencing chills and have been tired all day. My chest and stomach are bruised as a result. Any thoughts?
Get evaluated: You may have serious internal injuries and this needs to be immediately evaluated ...Read more
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?
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
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.
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
Daughter-15yrs- in car accident July '14 Lung contusions & chest pain. Noncontrast ct at time. Since, has raised resting heartbeat-95+ & chest pain?
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
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
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
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!
Car accident: Consider post-concussion issues and check with a neurologist. ...Read more
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