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I have a confirmed hairline fracture in my right rib from coughing

I have a confirmed hairline fracture in my right rib from coughing that occurred 2 weeks ago. Yesterday, I had a hard cough again, felt a crunching in my ribs in the same area, followed by severes stabbing pain and shortness of breath . I went to the ER and had displaced fractue and no collapsed lung. What happened as I am still i a lot of pain?
Asked On : Thu, 10 Feb 2011
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Hi Welcome to,

In your case fractures of the ribs(hairline) are managed conservatively. You need very good pain control. Do the incentive spirometry every 4 hours. You also need bed rest until the bones heal.

Regards Dr. Jagdish
Answered: Thu, 10 Feb 2011
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