This question was answered on Tue 06, Jan 2009 11:29am by Dr.Bhumika Aggarwal

how do you control muscle spasms resulting from broken or fractured ribs?

    
Asked by Unregistered (Male; 51; good health, 5'11", 165lbs--not overweifgt -non smoker(quit 20 yrs ago) only aalcohol- wine with dinner.; Relevant drugs:none- just natural supplements also advil for the pain ) on Thu 25, Dec 2008 02:16pm

how do you control muscle spasms resulting from broken or fractured ribs? I fell on ice, down two or three stairs, landed on my side. Pain when I breathe (left side only) tender to touch at rib just inderneath left armpit, and also tender bottom of rib cage. its now been two days- first day was painful but tolerable, as with most of 2nd day, toward end of 2nd day mucle spasms started (after I coughed once!) now the chest muscle spasms fairly often. Will this taper off? How can I control them? note: I have found that if I can engage my ab muscles that the pain is helped, but after a while the lower back starts to get sore. Please Help!

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Answer by Dr.Bhumika Aggarwal  on Tue 06, Jan 2009 11:29am:

Hi, You may try using pain killer, muscle relaxants and local applications for some time. Remember to take an antireflux medications with the pain relief medications to avoid symptoms of acid reflux. Avoid lifting heavy weights. If these and hot fomentation do not help you, you may need to get this examined and tested by a doctor. Let me know if you may have any more queries. Regards.
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