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Bruised hip after a fall. Bloated stomach with pain. Do I have a broken rib?

I believe I broke a rib on the left side right under by breast while vacationing in cuba last week. I took a Nasty fall on a slippery floor by the pool and land smack on my left side. I bruised ny hip and believe broke a rib. I didn t see a doctor in cuba as I know there is no treatment for rib fractures . It s now been a few days since I have been home and my rib hurts like hell. I am back at work and the pain gets so bad and for some reason my belly has gotten huge and bloated . If I rest it gets better but as soon as I move it acts up. Should I be concerned?
Asked On : Fri, 23 Nov 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Hi thanks for the query.
Broken rib usually hurts for a period of 3 to 4 weeks. Try to avoid sleeping on the injured side. I would suggest you to take a rib binder and consult your doctor who may apply it to you. Regarding bloating in the stomach if it is getting worse kindly consult a general surgeon and get his opinion . Regarding the bruised hip it may settle in week to two weeks with some colour changes in and around the hip
Answered: Sat, 24 Nov 2012
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