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What are the symptoms of broken ribs?

I was pulling weeds in the garden in August. Sudden pain, couldn t breathe. Days later pain lessened, no I have discomfort as if something is in my rib cage. I think I see a sunken area at the bottom right of my rib cage. Could it be broken ribs?
Tue, 22 Dec 2015
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Hi Dear,

Welcome to HCM.

Understanding your concern. As per your query you are wondering about symptoms of broken ribs . Well there can be pain associated with a broken rib usually occurs or worsens when you:-
- Take a deep breath
- Press on the injured area
- Bend or twist your body

As your mention that there is sunken area also , which also indicate broken rib . I would suggest you to consult orthopedic surgeon for proper examination . Doctor may order x-ray , CT scan or bone scan . Doctor may wrap elastic bandage around your chest along with splint and prescribe muscle relaxant along with anti inflammatory .

Hope your concern has been resolved.

Get Well Soon.
Best Wishes,
Dr. Harry Maheshwari
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