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Painful lump near chest. Pain on coughing and take deep breaths. Is it a muscle pull?

I am a 50 yr young woman and am in the process of moving cross country. About 2 weeks ago I had started packing and moving a lot of boxes, etc. I woke one morning to a very painful upper right chest area. It subsided a little with Aleve and Icy Hot applied after a few days of trying to just tough it out. It is still painful to cough and take deep breaths. I now have noticed a painful lump in the vicinity. I have to say that I am a waitress and carry my trays on the left side. Did I pull a muscle or??? Any advice will be appreciated as I load my vehicle in 2 weeks and live in a 3rd floor apt...thanks!
Asked On : Sun, 15 Jul 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Hello mam, it looks to me that you had injured your ribs and there can be a fracture in the ribs. I would suggest you to show it to orthopaedic surgeon and get chest x ray to confirm the diagnosis. If there is any rib injury it will be picked by this. Till that time you should take Brufen tablet for pain relief and hot water fomentation. You can also apply Diclofenac gel.
Answered: Wed, 30 Apr 2014
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