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Broken Rib Pain Management

Posted on 02/15/2010 10:00:00 AM PST by VA Voter

During a fall last Wed. night, 2/10, I completely broke two lower ribs in my right rear quadrant. The pain getting in and out of bed was excruciating. For some reason as the day progressed the pain decreased and was somewhat tolerable.. The doctor gave me a prescription for some heavy duty pain pills which were helpful except for getting in and out of bed which was still about the same.

Saturday night when the thought of getting in bed was really daunting, I chose instead to slept in a semi-sitting up position, at about a 45 degree angle, with my feet on the floor*.

Getting up Sunday morning, the pain was orders of magnitude less than the prior morning and was at about the same reduced level of pain from the prior evening. I slept the same way last night with the same result. It’s like a little miracle.

I have not taken or needed the prescription pain pills since Saturday night.

This sleeping technique was not suggested by my doctor and is probably not a part of the protocol. I’m passing it along for FReeper benefit.

Good sleeping.

* I used an extra seat cushion on a sofa so the sitting height was raised up.


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1 posted on 02/15/2010 10:00:01 AM PST by VA Voter
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To: VA Voter

Avoid catching a cold at all costs.
Sneezing will send you into orbit.
From one who knows.


2 posted on 02/15/2010 10:01:21 AM PST by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: VA Voter

This was nice of you and I hope you heal quickly and completely.


3 posted on 02/15/2010 10:01:35 AM PST by Grunthor (America needs Obamacare like Nancy Pelosi needs a Halloween mask.)
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To: VA Voter

Broken ribs suck. Thanks for the tip.


4 posted on 02/15/2010 10:02:36 AM PST by FateAmenableToChange
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To: VA Voter

Been there and know what you’re going through.

Pain meds from doctor, asperin, liquor. If all else fails, NyQuil to fall asleep.


5 posted on 02/15/2010 10:02:57 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: VA Voter

Ouch. This injury is a nasty one. Hope you heal fast.


6 posted on 02/15/2010 10:03:07 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: VA Voter

Unfortunately, there is not treatment for broken ribs, except to wait until they heal.

My downfall was attempting to leap over a giant chain hanging only a foot above the ground. Oooops!


7 posted on 02/15/2010 10:03:30 AM PST by proxy_user
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To: VA Voter

Doctors.
Glad that you figured it out.
Prayers for a speedy healing.


8 posted on 02/15/2010 10:03:34 AM PST by svcw (If you are going to quote the Bible know what you are quoting.)
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To: BunnySlippers

Not all at once of course.


9 posted on 02/15/2010 10:03:49 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Texas resident

I had no idea that something as benign as a burp would have the same effect as a cough or sneeze.


10 posted on 02/15/2010 10:04:00 AM PST by VA Voter
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To: VA Voter

That makes sense that it would help. I don’t know if you were warned by your doctor, but one really important thing to do is to work on breathing as deeply as you can several times a day. Broken ribs are a really good setup for pneumonia. Increase your activity (walking) as you can tolerate it - don’t overdo, but don’t underdo either.

(standard disclaimer that I’m a PT but don’t have a license to practice in your state most likely... take free advice as being worth what you paid for it... I haven’t evaluated you so I don’t know any specifics, etc., etc., LOL)


11 posted on 02/15/2010 10:05:11 AM PST by BuckyKat
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To: VA Voter

As someone who has suffered a similar injury falling off a horse I learned one thing, even what seems completely unfunny when one is uninjured tends to inspire guffaws of laughter when you are hurt.

Another thing I learned when I broke my collarbone is how many times in the course of a day you bump into stuff and it goes completely unnoticed normally but will bring sharp reminders of pain when injured.


12 posted on 02/15/2010 10:05:29 AM PST by Bad Jack Bauer (Fat and Bald? I was BORN fat and bald, thank you very much!)
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To: Texas resident

Or worse yet, coughing your head off.


13 posted on 02/15/2010 10:05:37 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: VA Voter

Avoid laughing... don’t go to any comedy clubs and don’t hang out with your joker friends


14 posted on 02/15/2010 10:06:47 AM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: VA Voter

Oh, dude. Broken ribs are bad. Got run over by a car at 18. Was laid up so long I got a chest infection. Coughing was worse than the accident.

Are you taped up real good? If so, try some non-opiate muscle relaxers. Skelaxin is a good one and won’t make you high. Works great. Trust me this won’t be easy but at least the area around your injury won’t be stiff too.

All the best.


15 posted on 02/15/2010 10:08:11 AM PST by poobear
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To: BunnySlippers

It’s smart to check with pharmacist or doctor for things that shouldn’t be combined with alcohol.


16 posted on 02/15/2010 10:08:31 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Texas resident

Sneezing, Coughing, Laughing - all bad for rib injuries!


17 posted on 02/15/2010 10:08:55 AM PST by Sax
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To: Nachum; VA Voter
Hope you heal fast.

If my experience is any guide, there's not much improvement for nearly two full weeks.

18 posted on 02/15/2010 10:09:01 AM PST by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: VA Voter

Very interesting.

I hope I never need to use it.

Try not to laugh.


19 posted on 02/15/2010 10:09:17 AM PST by GeronL (Dignity is earned from yourself. Respect is earned from others.)
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To: VA Voter

When you run into your friends don’t say, “Hear any new jokes?”


20 posted on 02/15/2010 10:10:20 AM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: poobear

They no longer tape or wrap your rib cage because it restricts breathing and can lead to complications.


21 posted on 02/15/2010 10:11:22 AM PST by VA Voter
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To: VA Voter

You have my sincere sympathy. I remember it hurt to simply breathe in that condition. Takes a while to mend but you will feel a little less miserable every day.


22 posted on 02/15/2010 10:11:30 AM PST by fullchroma (Obama: GET OUT OF MY DOCTOR'S OFFICE!)
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To: VA Voter

Pain? Go to California and get a medical marijuana prescription. Stay high and listen to Jimi Hendrix until you heal.


23 posted on 02/15/2010 10:12:34 AM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: VA Voter
From my several encounters with busted or cracked ribs, I'd advise, during healing:
24 posted on 02/15/2010 10:12:50 AM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: ErnBatavia

The worse part is you can be doing better after a couple of weeks, make a wrong move, like stretching or reaching, and bang, you feel right back to square one...


25 posted on 02/15/2010 10:14:30 AM PST by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: VA Voter

Tape your ribs. It’ll make breathing easier and lessen the pain.


26 posted on 02/15/2010 10:14:44 AM PST by Sarajevo (You're jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: SuperLuminal

You are a sadist.


27 posted on 02/15/2010 10:14:58 AM PST by VA Voter
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To: VA Voter
Get one large Ace bandage and wrap it around your ribcage firmly.

Other than the Vicodin it's about the only thing that will help.

28 posted on 02/15/2010 10:15:40 AM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: fullchroma; VA Voter

You know, this is one of those moments that I was longing for while sitting with a rib injury. “I just can’t wait until these are healed up.”

Taking a moment to appreciate the fact that I can breath, laugh, cough, sneeze and sleep normally.

VA Voter - you have my empathy - that stuff stinks.


29 posted on 02/15/2010 10:16:03 AM PST by Sax
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To: Texas resident

I second that. I thought I broke another rib when I sneezed hard.


30 posted on 02/15/2010 10:16:36 AM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: VA Voter

My great-aunt slept sitting up when she broke her ribs too. Sounds so painful. Take care.


31 posted on 02/15/2010 10:17:07 AM PST by bboop (We don't need no stinkin' VAT)
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To: VA Voter

May I suggest that you do the “broken rib maneuver”. A couple of times per day you need to wrap a pillow around the broken rib area,,, hold it firmly to the chest wall.... and take slow deep breaths. This will prevent the development of atelectasis of the lung tissues caused by shallow breathing (hurts to take a deep breath, you know). Atelectasis causes pneumonia which causes coughing which causes pain, agony and an “adverse event”..Happy breathing” !!!!


32 posted on 02/15/2010 10:17:10 AM PST by contrarian (Don't blame me-- I didn't vote for him)
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To: VA Voter

I had no idea so many people had broken ribs! I am too part of the club. It even hurt to breath. The only thing that worked for me was patience. Unfortunately, it is going to hurt for quite a while.


33 posted on 02/15/2010 10:17:12 AM PST by Juan Medén
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To: proxy_user

Sucks finding out that you can really only jump 11 inches....


34 posted on 02/15/2010 10:18:15 AM PST by KeepUSfree (WOSD = fascism pure and simple.)
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To: VA Voter

Get hold of Rush and ask for some of the Oxycotin from his “stash”


35 posted on 02/15/2010 10:18:35 AM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: VA Voter; Tijeras_Slim; Petronski; Constitution Day; Slings and Arrows
I was having rib pain.

So I said a prayer, fell asleep ...

... and voila! there was Mrs. F.

now I have a pain in the butt

36 posted on 02/15/2010 10:18:54 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: VA Voter
Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.

Do NOT watch anything funny on TV or even listen to funny jokes.

Sneezing and/or coughing will hurt really bad.

The good news is that adjacent healthy ribs hold everything in place, naturally, for bone mending.

The bad news...seems like it took me at least a month to lose thew symptoms...hard to say because it tapered off and became unnoticeable and I forget about it.

37 posted on 02/15/2010 10:20:35 AM PST by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: VA Voter
Failure to fully inflate the lungs can result in even more problems...take the meds and breathe.....
38 posted on 02/15/2010 10:20:39 AM PST by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: VA Voter

From my experience with pain pills: Most opiate-based pain pills also contain Tylenol. If you are allergic to Tylenol, or it is contraindicated by other medications you are taking, check the ingredients on your pain pills. DO NOT ASSUME THE DOCTOR DID THIS!

Seriously.


39 posted on 02/15/2010 10:20:48 AM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Jim Robinson is the onle person that sweets proper nut sweet. leave the man alone."--Sarah-bot)
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To: Juan Medén
Unfortunately, it is going to hurt for quite a while.

I'll second that. I fell on my back (landing on one of my kid's toys) and it hurt for a month. I didn't even break any ribs but it apparently take a long time to heal the tissue between the ribs. Good luck.

40 posted on 02/15/2010 10:20:59 AM PST by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: VA Voter

Get well soon!


41 posted on 02/15/2010 10:21:24 AM PST by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (To those who believe the world was safer with Saddam, get treatment for that!)
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To: VA Voter

I’d recommend elevating your feet while you sleep. Footrest, table, another chair. Other than that, what you are doing, and minimize pain while waiting it out - 2 to 4 weeks.


42 posted on 02/15/2010 10:21:35 AM PST by PAR35
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To: VA Voter

All I know is it felt better when taped. My injury also involved inserts in my upper ribs due to the bones being crushed. Maybe the tape I remember was actually bandages.

Anyway, I would still ask for the muscle relaxers. They have an anti-inflamatory in them too. I hope you heal quickly. Not fun.


43 posted on 02/15/2010 10:22:15 AM PST by poobear
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To: bboop

Sleeping sitting up is not at all painful. With no movement there is no pain. My body stops all normal sleeping movement. I sleep with so little movement my self-winding watch stops.


44 posted on 02/15/2010 10:23:35 AM PST by VA Voter
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To: VA Voter
There is a time and a place for everything.

Take your pain meds!

45 posted on 02/15/2010 10:24:22 AM PST by Species8472 (The problem with political jokes is that they get elected)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

In order to use less Rx meds, (Lortab 10) Doc advised to chase with two beers. He said that I would still be in a little pain, and discomfort, but I wouldn’t care. LOL! He was right!


46 posted on 02/15/2010 10:25:40 AM PST by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: VA Voter

Recite your favorite prayer over and over again. Do it out loud or silently in your mind. This can help. All things must pass

If you don’t have such a prayer pick a Psalm. In fact reading the book of Psalms helps


47 posted on 02/15/2010 10:26:25 AM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: dennisw

“Pain? Go to California and get a medical marijuana prescription. Stay high and listen to Jimi Hendrix until you heal.”

Bong hits with busted ribs ?


48 posted on 02/15/2010 10:30:53 AM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Waste and fraud are synonymous with gov't spending)
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To: VA Voter

I only had bruised ribs, and could not lie down without severe pain for a couple of months. I slept in a recliner. Not much pain that way. And whatever pain meds the doc will give you that don’t screw you up.

Otherwise, suck it up and deal with it. Thats about all there is.


49 posted on 02/15/2010 10:31:07 AM PST by Tatze (I reject your reality and substitute my own!)
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To: VA Voter

Hiccups aren’t good either.


50 posted on 02/15/2010 10:33:55 AM PST by ladyjane
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