I just "Googled" Broken Rib/Bras and this website came up. I read a discussion forum on exactly what has happened to me. I have worn an underwire bra for years but I have a severe case of osteoporosis. I lift a lot of heavy boxes and bins in my job and sometime on Friday (I don't recall anything traumatic happening) I must have lifted one too many because I started to have some tenderness on the rib bone just below my left breast. By Saturday when I tried to go to sleep, laying on my right side, the pain was so excruciating that I just couldn't do it. I went to Emergency in the morning and the doctor confirmed that I had, indeed, broken a rib. Gone are my underwire bras. And I have to realize that my osteo is more serious than I had given it credit for.
No. It's a genetic issue. My great-grandmother probably had it, my grandmother and mother had it and I was diagnosed when I was about 40. My 32 year-old sister got tested and had osteo-penia so I had my four children tested and my son who was 16 at the time had it and 2 of my 3 girls had osteo-penia.
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