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Fell on back. Strained muscle next to spine. Pains while moving arms, breathing. Treatment?

Hi, I am 40 and 3 weeks ago I fell on my back. I was badly hurt and went to the hospital to get an X-ray . It came back with no broken ribs or bones but felt that I suffered a muscle strain. I had one area about the size of my fist just to the left of mine spine that was immediately hurt. Now the pain is staggering. I can barely lift anything or move my arms. I have intense pain when I inhale or exhale. It feels almost muscular but does not repond much to motrin or massage. I have a drs appointment on Tuesday but not sure if that is soon enough. Any idea what this could be. I am not over weight and have no prior conditions. Aside from this I have been extremely healthy.
Asked On : Tue, 18 Dec 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for posting your query.

From description , it seems you might developed muscular or ligamentous strain over back and chest area.

Now after 3 weeks if pain is severe ,I would suggest getting this evaluated by an orthopedician for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management. You may get the MRI of the area affected under his/her guidance.

Meanwhile following measures will help with the pain
• Lie on a hard bed.
• Anti -inflammatory drugs like Tablet Motrin 1 tablet as and when required
• Avoid forward bending.
• Avoid strenuous activity & lifting heavy weights.
• Apply diclofenac gel on the affected area. Warm compresses will also help.

Wishing you good health.
Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Answered: Wed, 19 Dec 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Sunil Kumar Srivastava's  Response
Answered: Wed, 19 Dec 2012
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