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Suggest treatment for left-sided pain in lower ribs

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Posted on Mon, 14 Dec 2015
Question: Two days back, my mom fell down from bed. After wards facing some pain in left side lower ribs. Already been through X-Rays, there was no sign of any bone crack and same has been confirmed by doctor too. Currently any now and when facing some pain in lower ribs while back and up stretching of left hand, during respiration. Even can't sleep on left side. Sometimes pain is so unbearable. Request you to suggest, as orthopedist told to take complete bed rest for next two weeks.
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Answered by Dr. Arnab Banerjee (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Analgesia , Bed-rest and Observation

Detailed Answer:
Hello Madam Welcome to Health Care Magic,

Well it's a relief that there was no bone fracture in the X-Ray after that injury but unfortunately that doesn't rule out the possibility of injury to the muscles tissues and blood vessels as well as nerves.

The first thing i'd like to advice you is to tell your mom not to put any pressure over the injured part also at the same time please tell her to avoid any sort of stretching involving that left side(yes that includes the left hand too).

Secondly even though it's been two days now, still you can let her try applying some Ice-pack compression / a bag of frozen Peas over that area gently about 5-6 times a day for the next 2-3 days and see how does she feel.

As your Orthopaedist has rightly pointed out, bed-rest is the thing she needs even if not 2 weeks but at-least for a week from now and see how she stays.

Since you've not mentioned regarding any medications , i think your mom's not not on any analgesics at the moment. In that case i'd like to suggest Tab PARACETAMOL 650mg Three times a day after food for next 2-3 days for pain relief(since this is OTC so i'd strictly advice you to stick to the dosage and freuency as well as duration mentioned here).

Plus if you notice that even after following these there's no significant improvement in her pain as well as any further worsening in the breathing difficulty then you may need to check into your nearest ER/Orthopaedician for a follow-up and detailed physical examination.

Mostly please restrict movement and physical activities involving the left side and she'll get better. No Need to worry.

Have a good day, wishing your mom a speedy recovery.

Thanks for contacting HCM.
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Follow up: Dr. Arnab Banerjee (3 hours later)
Thanks for your valuable comments, its really brings XXXXXXX of relief. Prior to that my mother suffered from slip disk and compelling about the numbness in left hand and having swelling in left toe, if she stands for an hour.

Currently she is having massage on ceragem v3 machine.

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Answered by Dr. Arnab Banerjee (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Strict Observation Needed

Detailed Answer:
Hi there, well its my pleasure.

But since you've mentioned the slip disc problem & also the numbness in Left Hand as well as swelling in Left toe, let me tell you that slip disc - depending on its level(the spinal segment) manifests by showing those features. Which, if severe , can lead into fall and further trauma. So if she's been diagnosed with it already, its better to go for another follow-up to your Orthopaedician (which i believe you must be planning already) .

As for Ceragem V3 , well it's a new concept but i don't have any experience regarding that yet .

Hope this will help you further, let me know how your mom stays in due course.

Thanks , regards .


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Suggest treatment for left-sided pain in lower ribs

Brief Answer: Analgesia , Bed-rest and Observation Detailed Answer: Hello Madam Welcome to Health Care Magic, Well it's a relief that there was no bone fracture in the X-Ray after that injury but unfortunately that doesn't rule out the possibility of injury to the muscles tissues and blood vessels as well as nerves. The first thing i'd like to advice you is to tell your mom not to put any pressure over the injured part also at the same time please tell her to avoid any sort of stretching involving that left side(yes that includes the left hand too). Secondly even though it's been two days now, still you can let her try applying some Ice-pack compression / a bag of frozen Peas over that area gently about 5-6 times a day for the next 2-3 days and see how does she feel. As your Orthopaedist has rightly pointed out, bed-rest is the thing she needs even if not 2 weeks but at-least for a week from now and see how she stays. Since you've not mentioned regarding any medications , i think your mom's not not on any analgesics at the moment. In that case i'd like to suggest Tab PARACETAMOL 650mg Three times a day after food for next 2-3 days for pain relief(since this is OTC so i'd strictly advice you to stick to the dosage and freuency as well as duration mentioned here). Plus if you notice that even after following these there's no significant improvement in her pain as well as any further worsening in the breathing difficulty then you may need to check into your nearest ER/Orthopaedician for a follow-up and detailed physical examination. Mostly please restrict movement and physical activities involving the left side and she'll get better. No Need to worry. Have a good day, wishing your mom a speedy recovery. Thanks for contacting HCM.