Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

200 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

Bruised lower thigh and fractured a rib. Difficulty in breathing and taking Tylenol. What do you suggest?

Answered by
Dr.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal

OBGYN

Practicing since :2001

Answered : 13539 Questions

default
Posted on Mon, 18 Nov 2013 in Abdominal Pain
Question: I fell in a parking lot on Monday and landed on the curbing, bruising my right lower thigh. The rest of me landed on my side. At first, I felt unbroken and just shaken up. But within three hours I was in much pain, so much so that I couldn't tell you exactly where I hurt. Now, after a few days of rest, I feel I must have fractured a rib perhaps on the side under my arm and in the front directly under my bust. Both areas are extremely painful. I'm having difficulty breathing deeply and any movement is so painful it brings tears to my eyes.

I'm resting and taking Tylenol. I'm trying to belly breathe, at least, when laying down. My right breast is heavy and pulls at both painful sites. I tried supporting my right breast with an Ace bandage wrapping it around my neck and under the breast. Bending forward is almost impossible. Any suggestions?
doctor
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
You are taking the right treatment.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for trusting us with your health concern.
Fall and injury to chest can cause fracture ribs or muscle or ligament strain or XXXXXXX bruise.
From your symptoms, a fracture or an XXXXXXX bruise is likely. If there is no local swelling or extreme pain on touch indicative of XXXXXXX bleeding then there is nothing worrisome as of now.
Any muscle strain will require time to heal and till then you can take any antiinflammatory analgesic containing acetaminophen and ibuprofen for pain relief. Hot fomentation may provide early relief. Ace bandage will also help you.
If the pain persists or you develop any new symptom like fever, restriction of movement etc. then seek prompt medical consultation . Otherwise just take adequate rest, a healthy diet and plenty of fluids for better healing. It will take 3-4 weeks to get better.

Please feel free to discuss further. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
doctor
premium_optimized

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,  
Drug/Medication ,   ,  

Recent questions on  Ibuprofen

doctor1 MD

Cc: Rib pain Hist: Fell from ladder 4/11/2012 INCENTIVE SPIROMETER q 2 hr 3 - times MEDS: Percocet q 6 h Valium q 6 h Motrin 400 mg q 4 h Asprin q 4 h ACTIVITY LEVEL QUESTION? BEDREST WITH BATHROOM PRIVILEGES? OR LIGHT ACTIVITY ONLY? OR ACTIVITY WITH WEIGHT RESTRICTION? OR NORMAL ACTIVITY?

doctor1 MD

My left upper leg just above the knee feels like there is a band around it squeezing and is very painful. I have been taking 600mg of Ibuprofen once a day for the last 2 days with very little relief. My foot also began to swell last pm. I do exercise daily walking at a moderate pace (3.7-4.2mph) for 4-5 miles.

doctor1 MD

I had a rod placed in my femur 6 years ago it was fine for the first 4 years but after that I have had pain in it just about every day. I take ibuprofen for it but it this normal? I have had xrays docttors say it is fine but it sure doesnt feel fine.

doctor1 MD

I have just been prescribed Zydol 50mg (twice daily) to take for pain relief from leg ulcers. I am currently taking 6 x 30/500mg Co-codamol per day (once in the morning, lunch time and evening) and 3 x 400mg Ibuprofen if required during the day. I am not sure when to take the Zydol. Do I take it before co-codamol?

doctor1 MD

I am 14 weeks pregnant with twins. For the past 3 days am having severe shooting pain in my arms and shoulders. It started with left hand now moved to right hand. Even my right knee, ankle and thighs have started to pain. I have applied pain...

doctor1 MD

I'm 27 year old female from past few days I have got joint pains . especially while climbing up and down the stairs along with the cracking sound. went to orthopedician they suggested couple of tests related to auto immune arthiritis, results are...

doctor1 MD

My left testicle has been giving me slight pain and discomfort for around a week now. Especially when I lay on my side to go to sleep, it floats substantially in front of my right testicle. When I m standing it is more elevated than my right, and...