These broken ribs R killing me!!!grrrrrr

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   Posted 5/10/2010 3:00 AM (GMT -6)   
OMGGGGGG I cant handle these ribs!  I barely cough and they hurt,I get up they hurt,I go to sit down and they hurt even more,and I think most is being constipaited because it hurts way too much bare down at all. And dont forget the sneezes that seem to suck my breath away.   Im going too wrap myself in bubble wrap so I cant hurt myself falling again.  I go back to the doc tomorrow and Im going to tell him is going to have to give me a toradol shot daily.  He said it is going to take 6 weeks till these heal.  I couldnt get the elastic band they wanted me to wear because I couldnt get a ride to get it the medical supply place I have to go to since my pharmacy doesnt have it nor do any of the places near me.  What kinda po dunk towm do I live in???  And they place that sells them doesnt deliver????????  I have had my ribs wrappid with 2 six inch wude ace bandages and they keep riding up and are killing me not to mention each one was 13.50 say what??????????? Jay checked to see if there was a bus that he could take but nada on that.  I hate not having a car but Im too broke to have one.  I just feel like crying thats all I can do it seems. Oh ya it hurts to cry....
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   Posted 5/10/2010 3:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Karen sorry to hear your having such a hard time , I know they say broken ribs are heck because every movement you make means pain .Thats clearly what your describing .Isn't there a drug store that delivers , I live in NYC so it may be different  where you are .Anyway I really hope you can find some relief from that pain I know it must be horrible . I had lower back pain for awhile and almost that same there was no movement I could make without suffereing .For the constipation , stool softner can help there I think . Hope you feel better soon . yOUR FRIEND Mikel

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   Posted 5/10/2010 5:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Karen, why don't you just have your hubby measure you waist and order the rib belt online...
just type in rib belt for broken ribs on google..might be better than trying to get a ride into town...
so very sorry no one is helping you...If I lived by you I'd try to help you out, geezee..
Everything hurts with broken ribs, mine did...the injections for the ribs helped a little,..
mine are finally healing up...
lots of extra soft healing hugz coming your ways...
sure wish my words were magic and could heal you right here and now...
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   Posted 5/10/2010 6:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Online ordering may be the absolute best. If you have a scanner on your computer, you can scan the prescription and send it to them so they have the exact information from the doctor.

I would also call my insurance carrier and explain the problem. Most of the time they have a nurse line or customer service line that can help a "disabled" person and I think you would certainly qualify in this circumstance.

Please do not missunderstand the term "disabled". I certainly fit the bill, but I wanted to use that specific term because it can help you when you are asking for assistance. If they can't help, perhaps the local health department can.

Wishing you all the best!
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   Posted 5/10/2010 6:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Karen.
I know it seems like this chest pain will last forever but it WILL end! I promiss! I know what your saying about every move is hurting and for anyone who hasn't had broken ribs, it is awfull! Did the doc tell you to do ant breathing exercises? I'm just so worried about pnumonia!!! I really don't want that to happen to you too!
I think the internet is a great idea for getting your elastic thing! It will probably be cheaper even w/ the postage! Hang in there Karen! I know it doesn't seem like it but It will get better!
Very gental hugs,

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   Posted 5/10/2010 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hugs Karen....I am so sorry you're going thru this pain. I do hope you'll consider a quad cane for at home to help you with balance. You just can't afford to hurt yourself again.

Sending gentle hugs and good thoughts,

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   Posted 5/10/2010 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
(((((((((hugs))))) Karen. I hope you heal quickly.I agree with others ordering online could be an idea ? or call your insurance company. I dont know where you live but when I was on medicaid in Michigan they gave me rides to dr appt,pharmacy and I even had to go to a medical supply once for a cane . I would call the insurance and ask.
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   Posted 5/10/2010 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Karen.  I'm so sorry that you're in so much pain.  I think it would be a good idea to get a cane or walker to help you walk where you won't fall again.  You could hurt yourself really bad.  It happened to my grandmother.  I won't go into details because I don't want to scare you, but I feel that you need the help.  Ordering online is a good idea.  I'm sure there are a few places you could order one online.  I wish you the best.
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   Posted 5/10/2010 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Karen. I am soooo sorry that you are hurting that much. It sounds just awful. You may think I'm crazy but not getting the rib belt/binder may be a blessing in disguise. I thought that treatment was no longer recommended because it can inhibit your breathing which can lead to pneumonia, etc. I just looked it up at and webmd and they both said that rib belts aren't a good idea for that very reason. Maybe you should ask your doctor again about it. Please be careful out there. Lisa
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   Posted 5/10/2010 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I've broken my rib twice and it is very painful. Neither time was a belt suggested or worn. One thing I did do was sleep on the couch with my injured side against the back of the couch. This lessened the chance of me trying to turn over in the night and I was able to get a better nights rest. It may take 6 wks to heal but the really bad pain doesn't last that long but even two weeks seems like an eternity. Not much you can do but rest and wait for your body to heal. Not much they can do for broken ribs. Sorry!!!
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   Posted 5/10/2010 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had cracked ribs many years ago and I remember the pain on just taking in a breath! I don't know the current medical thinking on a rib belt or support of some sort, so I can only say I think I just went to a store (this was many years ago, can't remember if it was a medical supply store or someplace more general) and had a velcro wrap of sorts - a lot like the back support I got after my fusion surgery. I couldn't wrap it tightly, but even loose it gave a little support and lessened the pain some, but nothing took the pain away completely but time.

If I were you I guess I'd try researching what geckogirl is saying about the rib belt and read at the mayo clinic site and make a decision based on that and what my doc told me. It seems like if you were to get something you ought to be able to find a source on the internet, but you want to make sure it's credible and you shouldn't have to spend a fortune either!

Take care,


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   Posted 5/10/2010 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Karen, I have been MIA for a while dealing with cellulitis in my legs and a crohns flare from the devil himself. i take it you have taken a bad fall and broke or cracked ribs. I have heard the pain from that is the very worst. By chance can you get a taxi and go to the medical supply place?I have heard the rib belts really do help a lot with the pain. I do hope you an figure something out to get one and soonn.Just what you need on top of everything else, right??? Take care girl. Soft hugs for ya.

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