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?