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Pain after fall, difficulty sitting up, tender abdomen, abdominal swelling. Return to doctor?

6 250lb Caucasian male. No health problems or medications . Fell at work Thurs PM. Pt states knocked the wind out of me X-ray shows no problems. After palpation , MD stated no problems with internal organs. Sat PM: achy, has a hard time sitting up, abdomen is very tender, some swelling on the left side of abdomen from apex to hip bone . Should he see another doctor or go back to the hospital?
Thu, 8 Nov 2012
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Since all the internal injuries have been ruled out, the pain and swelling is likely to be due to a hematoma formation due to a soft tissue injury in the area. Taking bed rest, doing a cold compress in the area and a mild pain killer should take care of the symptoms in next 3-4 days.
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Dr. Praveen Tayal
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