I broke two or three ribs on January 15th of this year. They are still very tender to even the slightest pressure and it still hurts to cough or sneeze. Is this normal? I am 61 years of age.
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I am online and happy to help you with your question today. Are you having any problems with your normal breathing at this point?
Ok. Normally they are healed enough so as not be noticeable after about 8 weeks or so.
Do you hear clicking anymore when you breathe?
Ok. That's good. Do you have any medical problems or take any medicines?
Yes, high blood pressure. Atenelol 25mg and Hydrachlorathiazide 25mg
Ok. That shouldn't be a problem with healing etc.
You are already 4 months out from your injury and should, by all accounts, be pretty much back to normal. The problem, even if your ribs are being slow to heal there is nothing that can be done to fix them.....they are going to have to do it all on their own.
Is surgery an option?
Now, would it be useful to visit with your primary care MD just to make sure that your lab values are OK, that you don't have a problem with calcium levels? Sure. But, if these investigations are fine, the only thing that will help is tincture of time.
If you ripped the ribs off your sternum and/or had a serious condition like a flail chest, then surgery could be attempted, but in the vast majority of cases surgery is worse then just giving things more time.
and if the rib is broke in the middle there is no surgery that can be done anyway.
OK, I'm not a slow healer, that's why I am puzzled. Just had a physical and nothing was mentioned about calcium levels.
They don't always check that.... If you had this physical since breaking your ribs then I'd expect that, at least in this case, your ribs are just taking their time to fully heal for whatever reason......
I'd not worry about it at this time unless you just wanted to call your doctor and see what she had to say about it over the phone.
My pleasure. I hope you feel better soon. Take care.
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