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    ellaberry Posts: 13, Reputation: 1
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    May 7, 2007, 12:31 PM
    Bruised ribs--maybe worse?
    Does anyone know the difference in feeling of having a bruised rib versus a separated or cracked one? I've been trying to find it on the internet but there isn't a lot of info on how to determine it. My boyfriend and brother both think it's just bruised and that I don't need to go to the hospital, but it really really hurts! Like, I get sharp pain whenever I try to lay down or sit up, when I reach my left arm up (eg. To put a dish in the cupboard, to hand up my bathtowel),
    Or when I cough oh my does that hurt. I can't breathe as well as I used to but it's not like I'm having a hard time breathing.. so is this a bruised rib? Or worse? And if it is only a bruise how long will it take to stop hurting. Some things I read people say a week others say 6 months.
    It's been 3 days so far.
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    J_9 Posts: 40,299, Reputation: 5645

    May 7, 2007, 12:42 PM
    Sweetie, you need to have x-rays done. If it is a cracked or broken rib you risk a collapsed lung which can be life threatening.

    The only way to tell for sure what this is, is through an x-ray. The pain can be equal in bruised, cracked, or broken ribs. Also, there may be other damage that might need to be checked out.

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