• Bruised ribs

    Asked by Kathy on Monday, May 27, 2013

    Bruised ribs

    Hi!! Is it okay if I tap in to you guys with a non-cancer question concerning my Mom? (Although she is a 2x breast cancer survivor). She is 84 and took a little tumble and tests show her ribs are bruised (thankfully not broke). She is taking the allowed 3 advils but is still in lots of pain. She is very leery of pain pills and so am I with her age. Any advice? She lives alone. I'm trying to help - which hasn't been a lot - as my own situations are draining.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • carm's Avatar

      You might try and get a prescription for Lidoderm patches for your mom. They are a local anesthetic and might help her. Advil is great for swelling, it is an anti-inflammatory so it will reduce swelling but if it is pain, tylenol is best to control pain. If you need anything else please do not hesitate to call on me. I have an 80 year old mom here so I can relate, Carm.

      over 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      Don't make her laugh....

      Ha ha - seriously, though... Bruised / broken ribs HURT a bunch! I'm so sorry that she's got that.

      Advil is probably the best way to go. And super important is breathing. I broke ribs a while back, and that was the big thing I was told - make sure you keep breathing fully - shallow breathing can lead to pneuomonia ... (oops - can't spell).

      One thing to consider - one can tag team advil and tylenol. 3 advils every six hours... with two tylenol in between. ASK FIRST - just in case there's a good reason for her to not take tylenol... But that's what I did, and it did improve the pain situation...

      Good luck.

      over 4 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      I bruised my ribs on my left side decorating for the prom...... back in 1961.... I will always remember that pain. AND I've always been grateful they weren't broken... Haven't thought of that in ages... ANYWAY... Call her, visit and talk... try to keep her mind busy... does she knit ??? maybe some new yarn... THEN of course... try what our wonderful nurse Carm suggests... I'd trust her with my life.

      over 4 years ago

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