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Wednesday, May 28, 2008 nicoleplustwo, Community Member, asks

Q: fractured ribs and meds

I have fractured ribs on my right side. To control the pain I use every 4 hours: 2 percocet, 2 advil, and 2 ASA. I am a single mom and I know that that is not helping the healing process, but I don't have a choice.  Could you tell me approx. how long this lasts? How long til I heal AND in total how long are patients usually on pain meds for fractured ribs. my 5 year old understands but my one year old does not so I still have pick her up at certain times-not like I used to. One day my ribs will feel better and then the next day they feel worse than other? Also can the pain radiate to my back? Would muscle relaxers help at all with this?                                                                            

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loofielew, Community Member
6/ 3/08 10:43pm

I hate that for you! I once fell off the roof onto a fence and broke ALL of the ribs on my right side! SO I feel your Pain!!!!  Unfortuntaly, this type of pain can last up to 8 to 12 weeks as you move the muscles around your rib cage almost all the time, sleeping is especially tough! Yes It can, and will raditate to the back and down your side, sometimes it will actually feel like its getting worse as the days go by, but rest assured this is from using the muscles and tendons in your chest and sides, they take some beating and when they pull on fractured ribs, it causes them to bruise making it feel like you have done more damage than good!  Rest assured though, one day you will awake and have a significant imporvement, and thats when you know your near the end of the pain cylce! Hang in there, it WILL dissapate sooner or later!

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By nicoleplustwo, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/19/10, First Published: 05/28/08