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What might be causing these mysterious rib bone fractures?

A friend has been having mysterious fractures of her ribs, with no significant bone pain prior to them. She is in her 70's and had breast cancer a few years ago, which appeared to have been treated successfully. She has been to several doctors and had many diagnostic tests including a needle biopsy, but so far no definitive diagnosis. Now they are are recommending an open biopsy.

What could be causing these fractures? One obvious possibility is bone metastases from her breast cancer, but the symptomatology seems somewhat atypical for that.

It is very likely mets from her breast cancer. See it happen all the time.
Have they done a PET scan?  (+ info)

Is it normal for a hospital to release someone that has been in an accident with a skull and 4 rib fractures?

I was in an accident in which I was unconscious. I found myself in ambulance and then later woke up in hospital. I was released complaining of pain in chest and coughing up blood. I later found out a little over a month after accident that I had fractured rib 5 Through 8. I had gone to two emergency rooms complaining of discomfort and pain.

No, that's not normal. Sounds to me like hospital number 1 dropped the ball and released you when you should have been admitted.
Might seriously want to consider calling a lawyer if your still in pain or are having other issues now because of it.  (+ info)

I recently had a nuclear bone scan that showed nothing even though I have 2 rib fractures?

Has anyone ever heard of a bone scan not showing fractures?

It depends on what they were looking for? Bone scans are normally done to make sure your bones are up taking Calcium. A Bone Scan is an imaging technique that uses radiation to identify areas of bone where the cells are unusually active. A radioactive chemical called an isotope is injected in to a vein. Once this isotope enters the bloodstream it travels to the bones, where it emits Gamma Rays, which are similar to x-rays. These Gamma Rays are detected by a Gamma Camera & analyzed by computer to form an image of the bones. Potential problem areas emit more intense rays & appear as bright spots on the scan. Hope that helps.  (+ info)

I have a fractured rib, which is better for pain: advil, aleve tylenol, or just plain aspirin?

I've been dealing with a fractured rib, and have had surgery on the fractures on my eye orbit. I ran out of the narcotic pain killers the doctor prescribed. I don't want to get addicted to any narcotics, so looking for something for pain management.

a recent study stated that ibuprofen is actually better then tylenol or any conbination that has codeine in it. The study was focused on kids with broken bones though, they still have to conduct it on adults. At any rate, ibuprofen is your best bet.  (+ info)

broken rib and fractures?

hi all quick ?
fell off mx bike,hit hard on my side fractured a few ribs there but one snaped out on my back ,on sunday by d way.? the rib on my back keeps moving around and i am worried it will set in wrong place how do i keep this from happining? have ta go back ta hospital on monday but do not want the surgery thay are offering which is to cut skin and tape bone any ideas thanks

Usually there is nothing they can do about it because your ribs have to move for you to be able to breathe. I broke a rib about ten years ago and it didn't set right, but what happens is it will grow a cocoon of new bone around it and it will eventually shape itself back to almost normal after a few months. It takes about a month for this to happen.

The main thing is to find a way to sleep without too much pain. You might have to sleep partially upright so you don't roll over onto it at night. Also be careful about getting pneumonia and other secondary problems. If you get a thorax, you have to get to the hospital right away or your lung can collapse and then it is serious.  (+ info)

Why did doctors hide rom me that my daughter had rib fractures in her hospital stay?

My daughter has a RARE birth defect. told me it was there, then it wasn't then it is. Now shes got fractures where this tumor is and they are saying we are abusing her. She was in hospital for 4 days and they told us that she choked on her spit up. About a month later shes back in hospital and they review her radiograph from hospital stay first time and see rib fractures. i feel like we hurt her more cause doctors failed to tell us and we weren't treating her like she had em. Ive googled CCAMs and rib fractures and it says that they can cause bone thinning and fractures. Now these doctors didn't tell us they are covering up saying its abuse. Please help me fight this nightmare.

if I were you, I'd get a really good lawyer.  (+ info)

Thoracic surgery:Following a bike accident I suffered multiple rib fractures. The ribs have not healed right ?

Following a bike accident I suffered multiple rib fractures. The ribs have not healed right and I suffer from horrible discomfort in my left chest. It also affects the bio mechanics of moving my left arm. Please tell me that this is something a thoracic surgeon could operate on? If the NHS will not do it then can I go private to have it done?
I am due to see a cardiothoracic surgeon on Monday, how do I convince him to help me?

I have seen CT surgeons perform such a surgery. Good luck!  (+ info)

How can i work out with a fractured rib?

I recently fractured a rib while playing football. Supposedly these things heal in 4 to 6 weeks but i would really hate not exercising for that long. So is there any way i can still work out without aggravating my injury? Thanks for all advice.

I think the only way you can work with that injury is to have work on the computer like typing jobs or work at home jobs. If you have the skills you can be a programmer, web designer, writer, or just any job that can be done remotely through the internet.  (+ info)

Could I have fractured a rib without being struck while surfing?

While surfing today, I started to feel a slight pain on the left side of my ribs, close to my abs. I do not remember being struck in the ribs or falling on anything while surfing. There is no real pain even when pressing the ribs in. It only hurts when i contract or stretch that side of my ribs quickly as in twisting my upper body or an oblique crunch. Could I have broken/ fractured a rib or pulled a muscle? Should I see a doctor?

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How many pounds of pressure does it take to fracture a rib?

A fight ensued in which a petite Asian woman suffered a fractured rib. She grew up in the Philippines and consumed a diet void of any dairy products. To this day she avoids dairy products. The person who fractured her rib claims that their was no intention to hurt her that badly?

It is not about a lack of dairy products, as you can obtain calcium and bone-strengthening minerals from many good, healthier sources. It has to do with the pressure and how it impacts. The bones are flexible but are not unbreakable under intense pressures. Asian people are of small stature, and the person fighting her should have taken that into consideration.  (+ info)

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