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What causes severe pain in chest after being punched?

Hi im a boxer and in sparing two weeks ago i was punched very hard by a much bigger guy in the middle of my chest ever since then iv hard alot of pain. When i cough the the pain is unbearable and also when im led down i cant turn around or nove with out pain i also have really bad pains when standing back up. There is no bruising visable however the pain has not eased ever since should i be worried or wot shall i do to stop the pains. Thank you
Fri, 3 Jul 2015
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Pulmonologist 's  Response
Thanks for your question on Health Care Magic.
I can understand your situation and problem.
You are having blunt chest trauma.
And following are the complications of it that can cause pain on breathing and coughing.
1. Rib and sternum fracture.
2. Pulmonary contusions
3. Pneumothorax
4. Musculoskeletal injury.
So better to get done chest x ray first.
If chest x ray is normal then no need to worry for major complications.
You are mostly having musculoskeletal injury. So avoid heavyweight lifting and strenuous exercise. Avoid movements causing pain and bad postures in sleep. Apply warm water pad on affected site. Start painkiller and muscle relaxant drugs.
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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What causes severe pain in chest after being punched?

Thanks for your question on Health Care Magic. I can understand your situation and problem. You are having blunt chest trauma. And following are the complications of it that can cause pain on breathing and coughing. 1. Rib and sternum fracture. 2. Pulmonary contusions 3. Pneumothorax 4. Musculoskeletal injury. So better to get done chest x ray first. If chest x ray is normal then no need to worry for major complications. You are mostly having musculoskeletal injury. So avoid heavyweight lifting and strenuous exercise. Avoid movements causing pain and bad postures in sleep. Apply warm water pad on affected site. Start painkiller and muscle relaxant drugs. 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.