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Thread: OK this might be a mistake but I am in pain.

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    Ok I fell off the front step yesterday morning and when I hit in the grass (soft landing) my right arm was under my side. In my ribs I hear and feel crunching. immediate pain. I was in pain all day and this morning it is bad, but the part that has me a bit worried is the pain and hard area under one breast. I don't know muscle structure so I am not sure what to think. Don't scare me please.

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    You may have cracked a rib. You might want to go get an x-ray. I put my elbow through 2 ribs once when I fell. They really don't do anything for broken ribs anymore - don't even wrap then, due to water in the lungs issue. Take pain pills and take it easy!

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    Check for any bruising or redness or lumps. It wouldn't hurt to call the doc either. It's only a phone call...


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    kwhite, I would definately get it checked out. You may have cracked a rib and they are very painful. Let us know how you are doing.

    Kyia

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    Go and get it checked our, now!

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    Ice it to reduce pain and swelling and go get checked out!

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    I think beachlady is right, cracked/fractured,chipped ribs are one of the most painful injury you can have, in my opinion. I'd get it x-rayed, then you know for sure, even though there isn't a thing they can do for it, except pain meds.

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    Please see the doctor. It will be find, I'm sure, but you'll feel better just knowing what it is. Like others said, probably a cracked rib.

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    Ok, don't want to scare you, but it's important. Go get x-rayed.
    Hubby broke 3 ribs, and two months later, he started building up fluid.
    He has also been dx'd since then with emphysema, which has nothing to do, with breaking the ribs. so don't worry about that.
    You just need to have this medically documented, and your doctor needs to be aware of this injury, as well as needs he x-rays for referral later on. Go! gentle hugs. :wink:

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    Go straight to the ER right now. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.00. I'm a nurse practioner in emergency medicine and you definitely should be checked out. GO NOW. And when you get home, take your pain meds, rest, and then let us know what is going on.

    What are you waiting for? You don't need to read any more posts. GO!

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    Definitely get your butt to the ER!!! (I once cracked a rib by coughing -- had bronchitis -- and it's very painful) SO GO NOW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    Definitely get your butt to the ER!!! (I once cracked a rib by coughing -- had bronchitis -- and it's very painful) SO GO NOW!
    hubby did that too, and I didn't know you could actually cough that hard.
    I hope I never crack a rib, seeing the pain he went through. He was on his motorcycle and a guy cut in front of him, giving him the choice of hitting him head on, sort of...run into his back end, as he slowed to turn off...GEESH!!! or, try to avoid hitting him...and it had been raining, so bike fell over and slid on highway! No other cars coming, thank God.
    Doctor told me yes, the scratch on his lung, could have easily been a puncture, and yes, he could have.... :cry:

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    Go straight to the ER right now. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.00. I'm a nurse practioner in emergency medicine and you definitely should be checked out. GO NOW. And when you get home, take your pain meds, rest, and then let us know what is going on.

    What are you waiting for? You don't need to read any more posts. GO!
    Gaigai, what is a nurse practitioner? My DH went to rehab for his heart this week and met one and came home raving about her. Said she was more straight talking than the doctors and she could write prescriptions.

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    In case gaiga is too modest, I'll tell you. A nurse practioner is between a Registered Nurse (RN), like me, and a Medical Doctor (MD). She started out an RN and went onto further education and certification. She can see patients for the doctors in the office and even write prescriptions. Most clinics are staffed mainly with NPs. I think she can suture and perform other minor operative procedures. Thanks to her nursing experience, she has a better sense of communication than most doctors. I forget what else, just that a Nurse Practitioner is to be admired.

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    Cathy, you are too kind. Yeah, I did all that. But I actually got my practitioner back in '81, before there was an advanced practice act. Once it was established, I could have been grandfathered in if the program documentation were available, but it was no longer in existence and there was no one to fill in the paperwork. I would have had to do it all over again. I actually started, and then said, well, heck, been there, done this. So I'm just a plain old critical care nurse now. I probably shouldn't have even mentioned the NP thing, although I do try to keep up.

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    Go, get that X-ray. I'll be praying until we hear back from you!

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    I picked up the phone immediately after I posted to call her, and no one answered. So I hope they are at the ER.

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    I agree with the rest.
    GET AN XRAY!
    There are so many things you could have done....you also have a "floating" rib there that could have been cracked. Don't mess with it....

    Let us know!

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    I'm waitng for news now that she doesn't answer the phone. Hope she gets what she needs and will not be in pain for too much longer.

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    Hope you are at the doc's now and I will be checking back later for an update!!! :( :( :(

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    when you hear a crunching noise - there is probably some damage -
    let us know what's going on - please

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    A crunch and a lump is not good...needs a look for sure...and some of the good stuff to take...feel better soon

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    I've cracked ribs twice - once I went to sit on a chair that was no longer there (yes, I'd had a few drinks - misspent youth!) and the second time from a bear hug from a teenage boy I was pulling out of a lake. He'd fallen out of a boat and couldn't swim. Both times the docs said nothing to be done but pain killers. BUT you should get it checked out - hope you're there now - because a broken rib can pierce soft tissue (I think, Gai correct me if I'm wrong!) The bad news is cracked ribs take a while to heal. The second time it happened to me, I was working as a gardener and was off a few weeks - well, the heavy stuff at least! :? Let us know how you get on, K.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    a broken rib can pierce soft tissue (

    You are exactly right, K, and the soft tissue you're most concerned about is Lung.

    Yeah, tincture of time and lots of pain meds is the only treatment. I had a cracked rib years ago, and although they don't bind you like they dild a long time ago, I went to the drugstore and bought a rib beld and wore it just under my breasts (not too tightly, but firm) and it did help the pain.

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    Also, whether or not you do have a rib injury, try holding something like a pillow to your side if you need to cough, or sneeze, or laugh.... I know I know; how can you just happen to be ready like that? I dunno. I just know from hospital patients who can always have their's handy.
    Another thing... be sure to take deep breaths... your brain still wants oxygen!

    You might want somebody else to do your cutting for quilting until you heal, from whatever injury you incurred. Just sit quietly and quilt or plan your next projects.
    Cathy

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