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Cracked ribs at a festival - what's the best method of pain relief? / best recovery options?
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
In brief: Cracked ribs?
Confirmed by xray? If just bruised, ice & anti-infammatory med like aleve/advil/motrin.
If actually broken, doc can rx Lidocaine pain patches to ease the pain or possibly do intercostal nerve block (with Lidocaine ± steroid) for longer lasting relief. Avoid rib belts as they tend to limit breathing & increase risk of pneumonia.

In brief: Cracked ribs?
Confirmed by xray? If just bruised, ice & anti-infammatory med like aleve/advil/motrin.
If actually broken, doc can rx Lidocaine pain patches to ease the pain or possibly do intercostal nerve block (with Lidocaine ± steroid) for longer lasting relief. Avoid rib belts as they tend to limit breathing & increase risk of pneumonia.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine
In brief: OTC Meds
The pain from fractured ribs can be fairly severe especially if you sneeze or cough.
It might require some narcotics initially but afterwards nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or Acetaminophen should work just fine. This assumes you have no significant underlying hepatic or renal disease.

In brief: OTC Meds
The pain from fractured ribs can be fairly severe especially if you sneeze or cough.
It might require some narcotics initially but afterwards nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or Acetaminophen should work just fine. This assumes you have no significant underlying hepatic or renal disease.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Dr. Dan Fisher
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