Rib fractures

 As you know, many people with CF have a persistent cough and this can lead to cough-related fractures. People with osteoporosis (thinning of the bones) are at higher risk for fractures (click here for more information). A rib fracture can be painful and can make it hard to take deep breaths. This, in turn, would make clearing secretions difficult and could potentially result in a pulmonary infection requiring antibiotic therapy so it is important to get the pain under control.  This may be accomplished with pain medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) and anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, but your doctors will advise you on the best therapy for you.