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   Posted 2/3/2010 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought I was in pain before; I took a fall in my tub a couple of days ago, broke 3 ribs on right side, bruised my right kidney, bruised my spleen. All that on top of my Osteonecrosis; ( stage 4, both hips). Made trip to ER, but doctor there wouldn't change my pain script, still have to go to PCP. Just thought I'd post a note to let evryone know whats going on.

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   Posted 2/3/2010 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
so sorry to hear this. that sounds very painful. what meds are you on?
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   Posted 2/3/2010 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
merrygirl; My PCP has perscribed Darvocet-N 100mg as needed. I am also on meds for high BP, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

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   Posted 2/4/2010 12:15 AM (GMT -6)   
First of all, OUCH! Pain from rib injuries is horrible! I hope you can get to a doctor soon. Did the ER have you wrap them with a support of some sort? Unfortunately I don't think too much can be done for ribs (I could be wrong) but have you get some sort of support brace to wrap around them and give them time to heal. The kidney and spleen likely need to be watched, too. I'm not sure what the treatment is for that, but I'm sure everything hurts!

Hopefully your PCP or PM doc will increase your pain meds for you until these things heal.

Falls are so scary to me; that's how I got the injury that led me to the world of CP.



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   Posted 2/4/2010 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sal,

Sorry to hear about you accident! It sounds very painful (as if you needed more pain, right?). Take it easy & rest those ribs so they can knit together. I hope each passing day brings you more relief.


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   Posted 2/4/2010 2:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Sal, Welcome to the forum! Man OH Man! Sounds like you had quite a tumble there. Lets hope you will heal soon. I will also hope you can get to your PCP soon to see if they can help with the pain. I will have back surgery soon, and fear falling after it is done. Im not a young buck anymore, but I wouldnt count myself out in a goot fistaka either! :)


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   Posted 2/4/2010 2:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sal...

I'm sure glad you came by to share this with us. I will share what I know about broken/cracked ribs. My mother fell on her front steps when she was 80. She was a tiny woman and her rib area hit on the steps cracking 3-4 of them. The pain was horrid! But like above, there isn't a lot they can do for the ribs but keep the pain level down and use a wrap like PaLady was talking about. That's what they did for her and without it I'm sure it would have taken much longer to heal. She went from the hospital, after about 3 days, to a nursing care facility until she was ready to come home. She was widowed by that time and needed someone to help care for her. Since I have fibromyalgia and a back problem I was off the list of people who could care for her 24/7...we have the same doc so he knew the situation.

So like others have said, get to your PCP for some meds. Have you called and talked to them since you returned from the ER. I'm would think a phone call would either get you in quicker or at least get more meds for the pain. There is no reason you need to suffer like this. Light a few fires under some folks and get what you need.

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   Posted 2/4/2010 4:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had a broken rib before and the pain is excruciating to say the least. As everyone has said there is not much you can do for it. One thing I found was that sleeping on the couch, on my side, with my back against the back of the couch was better that the bed. This would keep my body from moving around so much & I could get some sleep.

Darvocet is a very mild pain medication. I think I'd be considering asking your PCP for a referral to a Pain Management doctor. Most PCP's will not prescribed stronger pain meds for extended periods of time. I would call his office to explain your fall and he may prescribe something for a short time until your body heals.

Darvocet contains tylenol if I remember right but maybe you could try taking some ibuprophen or aspirin to help with your pain. Just remember to take these with food to alleviate any stomach upset.

Good Luck and let us know what your doc has to say.
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   Posted 2/4/2010 7:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sal,

Sorry to hear about your fall...Yikes...cracked ribs are just awful..

The most important thing is have adequate pain control to maintain good breathing with your lungs..

The old school of thinking was to wrap them up...that's what they did for me back in HS eons ago..same for my brother..we were big skateboarders and crazy kids!!
but now Dr.s think that it's more important to have more motion to attempt to take deep breaths to prevent complication of pneumonia..

You really need to see an Ortho Dr. , can you go to the one who treats you for your hips? to have them evaluate and give you some anti-inflammatory medicine and other pain meds..this can keep your breathing as normal as possible with less pain..

They might also do a nerve block to help as well if needed..

It does unfortunately take a month or two to heal..and yes..but keeping track of your lung functioning is crucial..

Keep us posted..
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   Posted 2/6/2010 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I know you're new to this site, but we don't support practices like ordering medications over the internet. Generally it's illegal if you haven't been seen by the doctor, at least in the U.S. Some outfits are skirting the law by doing what you recommend, but I still do not think it's legal. You might want to read the forum rules.



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   Posted 2/6/2010 11:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sal, I just wanted to offer my sympathy. Lots of pillows and sleeping upright, is all I can add to the advice. Just take it so easy, I hate it when it involves breathing, so hard to cough. I had 10 weeks of extreme pain with pneumonia and resultant pleuracy then costochondritis, nothing like broken ribs but I can relate to shallow breathing. They had me on fairly strong pain killers so I could cough, it sounds as if you need better health care professionals looking afteryou. I also had cortisone injections to help with swelling 5 of them altogether in my hot spots.

Very gentle Hugs and best wishes, golitho
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