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Had a hair line fracture to the rib. Numbness and tingling in the hands with pain. Chest pain on coughing. What should I do?

I recently had a rib injury to my left side. I was told it was bruised and maybe a hair line fracture . I have had my left arm going numb, tingling , throbbing and sharp pains for about 5 months. It slowed down until the rib incident. I noticed my ankles are swollen the left side more than the left .today. I really can t say when it started. I was on vicoden and motrin. Some chest pain from coughing. My shoulders hurt and I am really tired. What should I do? Thanks Brandy
Asked On : Thu, 7 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response

Thanks for writing to Healthcare magic,

I have studied your case,

5 months is sufficient time so that symptoms are reduced or painfree state is achieved.
Now you should investigate for nerve entrapment due to fracture or trauma,
You can do MRI or HRCT for pattern of injury,
till time use rib belt or chest support, local analgesics.
If whole of left side body is swollen then MRI brain is advised.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care
Answered: Fri, 9 Aug 2013
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