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Suggest treatment for blunt chest trauma

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Posted on Thu, 14 May 2015
Question: Steadily worsening over a week - pain on right side near bottom of ribs. Did fall down stairs but pain was slight until near end of this week. Hurts along right side just below right bottom rib near back. Excruciating stabbing pain if I cough. Hard to get up from sitting position. Worsened very much today. Pain makes me dizzy
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (27 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Immediately get done chest x ray.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your question on HCM.
I can understand your situation and problem.
You are having blunt chest trauma due to fall.
And following are the possible complications after blunt chest trauma that can cause similar symptoms.
1. Rib fracture
2. Pneumothorax
3. Pulmonary contusions
4. Hemothorax (blood in pleural cavity)
5. Muscular injury.
So get done chest x ray first to rule out above mentioned causes.
If chest x ray is normal then you are mostly having muscular injury.
So follow these steps for better symptomatic relief.
1. Avoid heavyweight lifting and strenuous exercise.
2. Avoid bad postures in sleep and painful movements.
3. Start painkiller and muscle relaxant.
4. Apply warm water pad on affected site.
Don't worry, you will be alright in 1-2 weeks.
Hope I have solved your query.
I will be happy to help you further.
Wish you good health.
Thanks.
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Suggest treatment for blunt chest trauma

Brief Answer: Immediately get done chest x ray. Detailed Answer: Thanks for your question on HCM. I can understand your situation and problem. You are having blunt chest trauma due to fall. And following are the possible complications after blunt chest trauma that can cause similar symptoms. 1. Rib fracture 2. Pneumothorax 3. Pulmonary contusions 4. Hemothorax (blood in pleural cavity) 5. Muscular injury. So get done chest x ray first to rule out above mentioned causes. If chest x ray is normal then you are mostly having muscular injury. So follow these steps for better symptomatic relief. 1. Avoid heavyweight lifting and strenuous exercise. 2. Avoid bad postures in sleep and painful movements. 3. Start painkiller and muscle relaxant. 4. Apply warm water pad on affected site. Don't worry, you will be alright in 1-2 weeks. Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.