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Fell and hit my right rib cage. Hurts to take deep breath with pain. What could be wrong?

I fell and hit my right side of my rib cage on the back of a chair. It hurts to take a deep breath and the pain is all over my right side and moving into my back. It started to discolor almost instantly as if i were bruising. I only did it 20 mins ago. When i feel i heard a crunch/crack sound. What could be wrong or should I do?
Asked On : Sat, 22 Dec 2012
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Pain Medicine & Palliative Care Specialist 's  Response
I think you have most likely badly bruised your rib cage. This can cause the degree of pain you describe. The concern would be that you may have fractured ribs but this is probably not the case with a fall onto a chair.
I would suggest you take paracetamol and ibuprofen for the pain and wait 2 to 3 days. if the pain does not improve then a visit to your emergency department would be appropriate.
Dr K A Pottinger,
Answered: Fri, 9 Aug 2013
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