Hello, 5 days ago, I slipped on an icy step,
Probably you should do an X-ray to confirm the diagnosis.
Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.
I understand your concern.
I would recommend to do an x ray to exclude the possibility of a broken rib.
X-rays are also useful in diagnosing lung issues.
Meanwhile, I recommend to continue using anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen 400 mg three tablets a day.
I also recommend to maintain the area immobilised to avoid further damage.
You should recover in a few weeks.
Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.