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Hi. Dr Rick here. I completed an Internal medicine internship in NYC and have two decades of clinical experience. How can I assist you today?
It sounds like you might have cracked a rib.
Unfortunately, the treatment for a cracked rib (which I have done myself a time or two over the years) is taking it easy and allowing it to heal.
You can wrap it it you want as this might help with the pain, but it will still hurt when you cough.
If it doesn't hurt when going about your daily activities I'd just leave things alone. If you wrap your chest too tight, you run a small risk of restricting your breathing and, maybe, causing a pneumonia to start.
So. What is the take home message? This will heal fine with time. Be patient, Grasshopper :)
Of course, if you have any other symptoms or problems get in to see your doctor just to be sure.
Dose this make sense to you?
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Thanks for the info
Should I get an xray to determine if it is a cracked rib?
My spasums have a lot les pain that last Wed. when I fell.??
How long does it take to heal and how long did you feel the spasum when you were injured??
Could a good massage dr. tell if it is a cracked rib or just a pulled mussel?
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Final question Is there anything I can do to make my left side feel less pain?? and what should I avoid.
Jaquisi, ibeprobin, heat ointment, ace bandage, cold pack, sleep on left or right side
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Is there anything I should avoid in my list of treatments??
Sorry I forgot to tell you that I fell 8am Wed. but didn't feel any pain until 2am Fri. 2 days later. Would this indicate more positively weather it is a cracked rib or just a pulled muscle??
Thanks for your help