How much does a rib fracture hurt?

It can hurt. Most rob fractures require relative rest , ice and nsaids. Significantly painful rob fractures may require stronger pain medications. Rib fractures may tale 4 to 8 weeks to heal. Your discomfort may be improved by also wearing a rib belt. Significantly displaced rib fractures will need close monitoring.

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1week since I fell & hurt chest & ribs Lt. Side. Doctor thinks nondisplaced rib fracture but hurt all the way to shoulder blade pain 6/10. what to do?

Chest Wall Injuries. Unfortunately it'll continue to hurt for few weeks before it gets better The chest wall is in continuous movement with ring respiration and that gives a little time for the muscles to rest and recover from the injury What you need now is strong pain killers, to help you breathing better and helps you breathing deep to prevent any infections of the lungs. Read more...
Mgt. The shoulder blade would be unlikely to fracture with a fall, but it is possible. I would suggest discussing Vitamin D and Calcium supplements, Motrin and heating pad for pain control with your PCP. If you experience any acute change in your pain or respiratory difficulty please see the ED. Read more...

I feel like I have a bone or rib fracture on my thoractic spine. Between my shoulder blades hurt and I have a raised bump on my chest bone.

See your PCP to have. It diagnosed properly so treatment could be started. Good luck. Read more...
Be examined. The spine area may be a prominent spinal process and not abnormal, but a bump on sternum is unusual. Some x-rays may be necessary to, sort out. Thoracic surgeon most likely to be if help. Read more...

What can I do about a rib fracture?

Pain management. Majority of rib fx will heal with time and pain management. Extremely rare to need any surgical intervention. Those cases are usually markedly displaced or multiple adjacent fxs, as you would see in major trauma like car accidents or fall from height. Read more...

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...
Usually trauma. If hit, motor vehicle, punch, gun shot there are some variations. Usually tender, short of breath due to pain, may feel motion or crunch. Worry about lung, blood vessels etc. Depending on the specific trauma. Read more...

What should I do if I have a rib fracture?

Be careful. Be careful, take it easy, avoid situations where you can reinjure them, and let them heal. Read more...
Be sure. 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. Read more...
Confirm with Xray. Make sure you have adequate pain control so that you breathe deep enough to keep your lungs expanded and prevent pneumonia. Protect them from repeated injury and be patient. Read more...

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...