What to do about rib muscle pain?
- 7 Apr 2013 by Factfinder411
- pain, muscle pain, muscle, accident
I was in a freak accident car transmission skipped from park to reverse when I got out of the car well the door hit me so hard it hit the side of the car. I was pinned underneath. No broken ribs but they said its hard to tell if the muscle tore from the ribcage. I was dragged about 6 to 12 feet. Now this car has less then 9k miles on it so a lawsuit will be filed. I was given Vicodin then tramadol which didn't help then Vicodin again but was only given it to take the edge off. It's been a week and I can barely move. I was told to take two Vicodin a day which is crazy even the pharmacist said it was weird bc it only last 6 hours. My muscle keeps popping and it is a horrible pain.
What should my next step be? Should I request an MRI or goto an ortho?
7 Apr 2013
I'd say ortho. You need a dr who knows the pain muscles can cause. 2 vicodin a day is ridicules. Have you tried some motrin or aleve for pain too.
8 Apr 2013
Do what Kaismama says- she's exactly correct. We have inner rib muscles and outer rib muscles. Both are hard to heal-but damage to the inner muscles are more painful and take longer to heal-extremely painful. I'm in awe of how strong your spirit is. You deserve about 5 million. This might sound stupid- but are you trying lidocaine or fentanyl patches for this? i hope that you're soaking in tubs of hot water. ICY Hot is a good topical ointment to help reduce pain. Also has your idiot doctor recommended wrapping your rib cage with elastic athletic tape? It's not an adhesive, but it would support your ribs and reduce stress to your muscles from normal movements. I think that your doctor is a jerk.
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