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Black and blue bump on the back after falling. Hurts while bending, sneezing. Damaged rib?

Hi doc; I slipped on an icy step and banged my lower back rip cage , ( not lower back ). I had a small bump develope on that same area which I landed on. I put a heat pad which seemed better the next day. A small black and blue appeared. But an extra sharp pain came back while bending over. And a sharper hard pain hit me hard when I had sneezed. ouch! . Do I have a bad bruise or a damaged rip? Help! Thank you Doc. Again not my lower back, neck nor spine problem ok. (back lower end rib only)
Asked On : Mon, 7 Jan 2013
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The bump on the lower rib is suggestive of a hematoma formation in the area which might have developed after a soft tissue injury or a fractured rib in the area. You need to have rest and take a mild pain killer for relief.
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Dr. Praveen Tayal
Answered: Tue, 8 Jan 2013
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