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Pain in the back and ribs. Pain to lie down and to take breath. Swollen hard lump on the rib. Need MRI or X-ray?

Hi. I fell recently and landed on a hard object on my left side. I already have 4 herniated disks, but now along with the back pain , my ribs hurt. It is painful to lie down, sit down, and take a deep breath. Also I noticed last night a swollen, hard lump on the lower rib. There is no visible bruising. Should I get an MRI or X-ray? Thank you for your response.
Asked On : Wed, 19 Dec 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for posting your query.

It might be soft tissue injury or fracture.

Without X-ray, it is difficult to differentiate a fracture from others. I suggest you to consult an orthopaedician nearby for a detailed examination. You may get the X-ray of the area affected under his/her guidance.

In the interim, you can take anti-inflammatory drug like motrin to reduce pain and inflammation.

Wishing you good health
Dr Saurabh Gupta
Answered: Wed, 19 Dec 2012
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