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My girlfriend was getting out of bed and...

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27 Jan 2013

My girlfriend was getting out of bed and twisted her torso. She immediately felt a pain on her right side. It appears it's a single rib that is causing her pain when she tries to move. It doesn't seem like the pain is diminishing. When she lies still she doesn't experience pain but a slight move or at the very end of a deep inhale causes her pain. Could she have cracked her rib or dislocated it? It doesn't appear to be protruding at all except for maybe a bit of swollenness. Can she expect that the pain will reduce if she relaxes? She is 23 years old. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.
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27 Jan 2013
Family Physician
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While it is possible to crack a rib without direct trauma, this is very uncommon in otherwise healthy individuals this you. It is more likely that this is the result of a pulled muscle. If the pain is not relieved with over-the-counter pain medications (Tylenol, Advil) OR if she is having difficulty breathing she should be seen in the emergency room, urgent care clinic or a physician office.
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