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Hit on the chest, next day got pain, have lump in the sternum after months, pain on sneezing, picking heavy things. What might the cause be?

I play soccer and during practice I was hit on the chest , took my air out and after regaining it I kept playing like normal. But the next day I started to feel pain but assumed it was sore from the hit. It is now 7 months later and I have a lump down my sternum and it hurts when I pick up heavy things, sneeze , cough , lean foward and after I run a lot. I am afraid to go to the doctor because I don t have insurance. Any ideas what it might be? Thanks! --Jazmin
Asked On : Thu, 6 Sep 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Dear Jazmin, welcome to HCM.

With a history of hard hit on the sternum and persisting pain after 7 months, there is a possibility of a sternal body fracture.

An Xray chest AP and Lateral views may show it.
I would advise to see your physician to evaluate for the fracture and any herniation from below it.

You can take some OTC pain killers like acetaminophen till then2-3 times a day. Avoid activities which promote pain.

Do you get breathless at all?

I hope this answers your query.
Please take care and keep me posted on your progress.
Thanks !
Answered: Thu, 6 Sep 2012
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