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Swelling in stomach by ribs, dull pain near sciatic nerve. Suspicion of hairline fracture by rib. Right symptoms?

[I fell on my left side about 3 weeks ago....have this swelling in stomach by ribs...feels like a lump when I sit swelling and a dull pain is coming around my left side to my middle right by scatia nerve went to chriporator and they said I have a small hairline fracture on my left floating rib ...could that be causing all my symptons?
Asked On : Fri, 14 Dec 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response

Thanks for writing to us,

I have studied your case with diligence.
As per your history of trauma there is possibility of rib contusion.
Rib contusion is not always visible on X ray .You may need to do MRI or HRCT to see details of injury and to see for any lung puncture.
If there is lung injury then there will be increasing pain with every breath.
I will advise to consult to orthopaedic surgeon.

Medication like muscle relaxant and analgesic will reduce pain along with it use rib support belt.
You may consult physiotherapist for pain management. He may start TENS, or ultrasound which is helpful in your case.
You may need to take rest for early healing.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries. If you find this answer helpful do not forget to give rating at end of discussion.

Wishing you good health.

Take care
Dr Vaibhav
Answered: Sat, 26 Jul 2014
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