Hey, Scripty! I'm the one writing that fight with broken bones for everyone, and I need a follow-up. This is a dystopian setting, where I'm assuming all medicine is pretty much the same as nowadays, except that, for universe-related reasons, opiates are straight-up forbidden. How would you treat the patient with broken ribs, then? Would they be under anesthetics for a few days? (And how many?) Some NSAIDs "stronger" than ibuprofen, perhaps? (I'm thinking celecoxib/diclofenac, what do you think?)
Hey there! Welcome back. For anyone who doesn’t have an encyclopedic knowledge of my archives (including me!), this ask is referring back to: http://scriptmedic.tumblr.com/post/153842614105/hi-two-of-my-characters-will-have-a-fight-one-of
Now then (or other-than-now-then, since AU). Broken ribs will do just fine with NSAIDs. (Most thincgs will; I have even heard of one ER deciding to abandon opiates entirely for a short term as part of a study.) Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are both very popular, and are sometimes prescribed to be alternated every couple hours for serious pain, because they’re metabolized differently (one renal, one hepatic).
Another alternative is Toradol / ketorolac, which might be prescribed for the first few days (no more than 5), and backed up with acetaprofen after that. Most rib fractures can be managed just fine with this kind of combo.
Hope this was helpful!