• Wondering IF anyone one else has ever been told during Chemo treatments-"You have a cracked rib . !!!" When I havent done anything strenous

    Asked by cweaver2915 on Monday, October 22, 2012

    Wondering IF anyone one else has ever been told during Chemo treatments-"You have a cracked rib . !!!" When I havent done anything strenous

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    • nobrand's Avatar

      I have never been told that one.

      Depending on your bone strength, you certainly can crack a rib without doing too much strenuous. My grandmother cracked a rib once turning the wheel in her car.

      But still, that's a pretty strange thing to learn about during chemo.

      over 8 years ago
    • tnblondee's Avatar

      I was told that radiation could indeed make your bones more fragile especially in the area of treatment i.e. the ribs under my right breast that was treated with radiation are much more sensitive than my left side. They never mentioned anything about chemo causing it...

      over 8 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      I just had a CT scan that showed that I had "diffuse osteopenia" (lower than normal bone thinning but not low enough to be considered osteoporosis) with no fractures. My doctor told me that chemo treatments can cause your bone strength to weaken. I had osteopenia about 15 years ago and broke my ankle only by twisting it walking to my car in the garage. It broke so bad I had to have an operation to put in a metal plate and screws to keep my bones together to heal properly. So, if your bone density is down you can have a bone fracture without doing anything strenuous. I was put on Fosamax for about 3 years and it built up my bone density. It is more common in women than in men. I recommend that you get a bone density test. That is what I plan to do very soon because I do not want to break anything else.

      over 8 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      Chemo and radiation can weaken your bones, like it has been said, A bone density scan can tell you if you have problems with your bones, like osteoporosis. That's what happened to me, in fact, after a fall, I fractured 2 ribs and fractured a vertebrae requiring surgery. I get monthly shots of something (drawing a blank - "Chemo brain!"), to help strengthen the bones. Best of luck to you!

      over 8 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Like Cindy, My Dr told me chemo can cause your bones to weaken so I think it's possible that you may have cracked a rib maybe doing something as simple as turning over in bed. I hope you feel better soon.

      over 8 years ago
    • Crash's Avatar

      Retching and vomiting could crack a rib. I don't know how your chemo is affecting you, and you might not want to rule out forceful vomiting and retching.

      over 8 years ago

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