When I was a teenager, I fell off a bridge and dropped about six feet into a shallow, rocky creek. I cracked a couple of ribs. Then eight or ten years ago I got whooping cough, and I cracked the same ribs again. The last few weeks,my asthma has been out of control, and my ribs are hurting like the devil, one more time. When I first injured myself, and then again when I got whooping cough, doctors advised me to get an elastic rib support belt and bind myself up as tightly as I could till I healed. So I had my boyfriend stop at Walgreen's and buy me a rib belt this morning. I have it on now, and it feels a zillion times better. But he said the pharmacist gave him a big long lecture about how rib binding is no longer medically recommended because it can lead to worsening problems with breathing and even pneumonia. It sure is making me less miserable, though. I suppose I'll call my doctor tomorrow, but do any of you know if the pharmacist is right? The rib belts are still sold in the store, so can they really be that harmful?
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