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Elbowed in the chest accidently. Pain above breast when coughing, sneezing or deep breathing. Any specific signs for deep bruise?

3 days ago I was elbowed in the chest while playing basketball. At the time it stung, but I was able to continue to play. Yesterday my chest, right above my breast, was really the same. I iced it and that helped, but when I take a deep breath, sneeze or cough I have such pain! I'm not a complainer or one that runs to the doctor, but are there any specific signs I should be looking for if this is more than a deep bruise?
Tue, 21 May 2013
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Hello dear,

The chest pain can be attributed to the trauma induced due to elbowing while playing basketball.
According to the history as posted, the pain appears to be a muscular type.
Increase in severity during sneezing, coughing or deep breath is due to increased in intra thoracic pressure.

Symptomatic relief can be obtained by taking analgesics, muscle relaxants, ice compression & adequate rest.

However, if the symptoms still persist, then it will be better to consult your General Physician and get a proper physical examination.
Investigation like X ray of the chest will be helpful

Wishing you a good health.
Take care.

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