How long was it before you could go to sleep in a bed in a normal position? I did not fracture my ribs but damaged ribs 8 to 11 and have had laser treatment but it still pulls when I try to lie down either on my good side or my back.
I have found that the best results are from sleeping on the side with the broken ribs to help with the pressure. My ribs were actually broken and not just fractured so that may have an effect on the positioning.
Hello sorry to heard you fell, I fell 1 day ago and I went to the hospital.My ribs have a hair line fractured and my muscles are tarred in between my ribs. Very very painful but I find sleeping upright a bit and on my side has help a lot and I got medication for the inflammation from the dr which is been amazing it really has helped. This is my second night and I feel better, still in lots of pain but better then two nights ago
Hi Jeannette and Stanley, have you tried consulting your doctor/surgeon about this? All I know is that, unfortunately, injuries and surgeries involving bones, ribs and joints usually take very long to heal (even up to 12 months). After my wrist surgery over 4 months down the line the pain felt like it did on the first day, sometimes even worse. You guys may have to persevere a bit longer before you feel some relief. But do check in with your doctor, they may have a solution. In the meantime, use the right mattress, pillow and sleeping position. Get well soon and stay positive!
I am a 81 year old woman with 3 broken ribs. Poor sleep was a dehabilatating problem which affects your total state of being. Reading productive healing insights on iPhone and common sense has greatly improved my well being.
Hi I m writing this from Mozambique , I m Mr Naik, last week 22nd Dec I slipped in Bath room and got hurt ribs 7 8 and 9. As explained in article breathing , moving, slepping are difficult. Hence got this article read now I m trying these sleeping techniques from today. Thank you for some mental relief after reading this article which will be great help . Let me be optimistic to get well soon. BYE.
Hi JennyI broke my ribs on Jan 1stIt took me 1 1/2 weeks for the pain to go down. I was also using lidocaine patches. Now I am 3 weeks and not using any pain medication.And this artlcle was helpfull in sleeping as I did buy recliner and it made my pain lot lot better.Sleeping is the biggest challenge in rib fractures.
91 fell yesterdayhours ago No XR test but sure I have fractured 2-3 ribs because of the localised pain Trying not take more pain killers because of constipationI know that the healing will take 4-6 weeks but when does the acute severe pain ease.
I was t boned driver side last week. I am lucky to be alive but broke 5 ribs. I have been in excruciating pain. Pain meds barely help. I have developed a terrible cough and the pain is unbearable. I cannot sleep and have ice on now. Will try to lay on injured side . Owch
Would a broken arm/leg be more painful in zero gravity? I know it would be painful no matter what, but would zero-gravity make it less painful because the bone wouldn't move as much due to lack of gravity, or would it hurt more because of it just floating around?
Acute inflammation hurts less with elevation, but not the orbital kind of elevation. Gravity can aid drainage and reduce swelling, which reduces pain in injured tissues. That's why you put your foot up after an injury. Zero-g means no gravity so you are stuck with the swelling. Swelling puts tension on that pain-sensitive periostium. I think I'd prefer to have my broken leg treated on the ground.
The other thing we don't know is how muscles operate in low or zero gravity. Are their continuous small movements which are largely unnoticed? If so, such movement around a broken bone could increase pain levels.
Conclusion: If the injury is immobilized, it will probably be equal to being on Earth. If the injury is not immobilized, it will probably be worse than being on Earth, since any tiny muscle twitch will produce a larger motion of the limb vs gravity holding you still.
That's an awesome question. I have no idea, but I genuinely mean it when I suggest that FRX in microgravity be studied in earnest. Find an ambitious scientist & pitch it to them as a proposal they should write.
Luckily, although I have no idea, that doesn't mean the authors Farahani & DiPietro don't. In their linked paper on wound healing in microgravity, they point out the apparent: microgravity makes inflammation kind of awful (stand on your head/hands for a couple minutes & you'll quickly notice how all your fluids that are usually in your feet/legs are now in your face). They also note, more suprisingly, that many cellular/microbiological injury response pathways are decreased in intensity (with a few increased in intensity). If I am reading through the medical terms correctly, this means you'll probably heal slower from a wound in microgravity, everything else considered, but even the authors say they're basically not sure how it all works together in the end.
Also note that it's well-known that both bones and apparently cartilage lose mass during extended stays in microgravity. I doubt this will directly impact the pain levels during a fracture, but I suspect it certainly would make them more common than otherwise.
Postural drainage is the positioning of a patient with an involved lung segment such that gravity has a maximal effect of facilitating the drainage of broncho-pulmonary secretions from the tracheobronchial tree.It is based on the concept of gravity-assisted mobilization of secretions and transport it for removal. It is a positioning technique to mobilize bronchial secretions.
During erect position only the segments of the right upper lobe and non-lingular portion of the left upper lobe receive gravitational assistance whereas the segment of the middle, lingular portion of left upper lobe and lower lobe segments of both lungs must drain against gravity. In normal healthy state, the mucociliary mechanism clears off the bronchial secretions. In diseased state they get compromised and secretions get accumulated especially in the smaller airways that cannot be emptied without gravity assistance which can further lead to inflammation and scarring.The natural methods of emptying the tracheo-bronchial tree of accumulated secretion are on the whole extremely inefficient. Ciliary action -only removes minute particulate matter such as dust or bacteria, and is of no value when there is much secretion.
In general, the upper lobe segments have the advantage of gravity drainage both in erect as well as in semi recumbent position, so postural drainage can be facilitated in sitting or lying posture. The middle and lower lobes do not have the advantage of gravity drainage in erect, semi-recumbent or recumbent postures.
Fracture risk is thought to be minimal in low Earth orbit because of the virtual nonexistence of applied load injuries to astronauts such as crushing or falling events14. Other potential risks are mitigated by engineering and design centered around preserving human safety. Fracture risk becomes more prevalent when factoring in activities that increase the mechanical load on bones. Mission critical activities such as construction of habitats, repairs, extra-vehicular activities, and performance in bulkier extra-vehicular activity suits add extra risk. Furthermore, future missions that require exploratory components on the surface of other planetary bodies after long-duration zero-gravity will add a mechanical load due to subsequent re-entry into a gravity environment (or partial gravity such as that of the Moon or Mars) which in turn increases fracture risk. Indeed, predictive models of fracture risk for astronauts indicate risk of fractures to the hip and wrist are high15,16. Therefore, understanding the systemic response to fractures and their management in a microgravity environment is of critical importance in the preparation of future, longer duration, spacefaring missions, and habitation. Preventative measures that reduce BMD loss such as dietary supplements, exercise with specialized equipment such as the advanced resistance exercise device (ARED) on the ISS, pharmacological treatment, and reducing risky behavior correlated with potential fractures is standard17,18,19,20,21.
This study is a component of the Rodent Research 4 (RR4) mission with the primary objectives being to better understand bone healing and bone tissue regeneration and to study the impacts of microgravity on these processes. Specifically, due to restrictions of housing capacity on the ISS and the difficulties posed by conducting research in spaceflight, specimens are limited and are valuable resources. For this reason, it is important to extract as much data as possible from each specimen for analysis. Indeed, previously our laboratory demonstrated that distal skeletal sites experienced systemic effects from femoral fracture surgery in spaceflight33. Here we are examining the effects of gravity as well as the systemic effects of local TPO administration at the femoral fracture site and on several distal bones. Specifically, we examined bones from the limbs (humerus and tibia), torso (L4 vertebrae, 10th rib, and 3rd body of the sternum), and skull (calvaria, mandible, and incisor). We hypothesized that a single application of TPO at the fracture gap would lead to systemic effects at distal bone sites in mice, and that these effects would be different in mice flown in space versus those housed on the Earth.
With the ongoing interest in long-duration spaceflight missions and Mars colonization, unique medical challenges for astronaut crews will occur, including communication delays, the inability to return to Earth early, and the well-known bone loss. A recent study reported significant deficits by 6% in vertebral strength after 6 months of spaceflight, which were not correlated to the 2.2% reduction in BMD. These deficits were not recovered up to 4 years after the mission, leading to a higher risk of vertebral fracture34. While the fracture risk after return to the Earth is important, so is the increased risk of fracturing while on spaceflight missions. Although fracture risk appears to be minimal while astronauts are in low Earth orbit, fracture risk is predicted to increase when astronaut are exploring or residing on partial gravity planetary bodies such as the Moon or Mars. Further, predictive models show a high risk of fractures to the hip and wrist in astronauts15,16. Therefore, examining fracture healing and fracture treatments in spaceflight, including potential impacts on other skeletal sites, is of critical importance in the preparation of future, longer duration, spacefaring missions. 2b1af7f3a8