Have I cracked or broken a rib.

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2 weeks ago I was leaning on my worktop reading messages on my phone.

l felt something move in my rib area.

There was no pain until the next day when I woke up. The area around my ribs was really tender and hurt if I coughed and when I inhaled. Some people have said i have probably strained a rib or something.

It is still as painful today.

Does anyone think I may have cracked or broken a rib. If so do I need to go to the hospital. I didn't think there was any treatment for it.

Any thoughts on this would be most appreciated. Thank you.

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    Sounds like you strained or bruised a rib. Only an X Ray can tell you if you cracked or broke a rib. There is no treatment other than painkillers and rest. At one time they used to bandage the area; now they don't. I twisted my ribcage and it was sore for a week. Rest is the best thing you can do.

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      Thanks for the replies.

      like you said I don't think they can do much for this.

      I'm going to give it a few more days and carry on with the painkillers and then I might go to A&E. if I feel no improvement.

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      At A&E they will mostly likely send you away with painkillers and instructions to rest which you are already doing. That is the best treatment you will get; that's the standard. My mum broke or cracked ribs when she fell down an escalator in Paris. She was X Rayed and sent away with painkillers. Ribcage injuries take time to heal. I had inflammation of the ribcage some years ago due to stress and was told to take painkillers and wait it out.

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    Hi maureen09

    You may have put a strain on a muscle in the ribcage area. Treat the area with hot and cold compresses. Hot water bottle...then frozen peas or suchlike, repeat a few times each day take a painkiller if painful and rest up, don't put any strain on the area. If pain continues after a week seek help from A & E.....

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    Hello Maureen, sorry to hear that you are in pain however it may not be a cracked or broken rib, you may be suffering from a totally different condition. Have you heard of "costocondritis"? I was diagnosed with this and even though the treatment is similar (rest & painkillers) at least you know you didn't crack a rib and don't wait. You'll want to have this documented on your medical records. Good luck and keep us updated.

    Take care & rest.

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      Hi. l suffered from costochronditis a few years back, but that pain was mainly under my breastbone and chest. Although I suppose it could be possible . The thing is I actually felt something move in my rib area when I was leaning on my worktop. The next morning the tenderness started. I'll give it a bit longer and then probably have to go to see my g.p. or the a & e if it's no better.

      Thanks for replying.

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    • Posted

      Ok,thats interesting ..Hmm wonder what it could be this time? Well,like you said it after giving it a little bit and you don't feel better then it would be in your best interest to see a doctor. Best wishes

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    I have had both a cracked rib and costachondritis. I was told just rest and pain killers. With the cracked rib it was a good 4 weeks before the pain had eased, and with costachondritis the pain would come and go, but lasted weeks as well. It just takes time.

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