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I am a 70 year old male & after falling I fractured a rib. Am taking Oxycodone/Acetaminophen & Ibuprofen. These help the pain somewhat during the day. My big problem is sleeping or lying in bed. Once in bed for 1 hour or more, the pain is overwhelming & need help to get up. Anything I can do to make this better. Like best positions when lying down.

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Tacy, thanks for the information on pillows and modalities. I was thinking of what helped when I had various orthopedic injuries, but apparently their helpfulness doesn't extend to broken ribs. I appreciate your corrections so that AmFarr doesn't try anything that might complicate his pain.
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Amfarr, the not using a pillow is very important and dont lay flat on too soft of a surface. I have broken ribs quite a few times in my life, im very clumsy. The last time i cracked 4 and when i overdue it, i still use the heating pad. Biofreeze or icy hot will make it worse.
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They wont do anything for a rib fracture. There are patches you can get but insurance doesnt cover them they were $384 and some change.
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Tacy, good suggestion for a heating pad. Amfarr, are there any therapists involved? Tacy's suggestion brought to mind the question of whether or not something like ultrasound or TENS might help.
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When my rib was fractured, i got the best sleep flat on my back, no pillow with a heating pad on it. Once it healed a little, i could lay on the side not broken but still used the heating pad.
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Do you have a recliner chair that you could sleep in, sitting up, even though you would prefer to lie down? Could you take the Oxy just before you go to bed, and/or switch the timing of the meds so that you might even take one if you wake up in the middle of the night. Could you sleep on your stomach with a pillow underneath your chest?

I haven't fractured a rib so I don't have any personal experience in this, but I know that pain at night can severely interfere with getting a good night's sleep which is necessary for healing.
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