A 53-year-old male asked:
got pain on my left side a few inches below armpit; worse when i inhale,sneeze,laugh and when i press on it. had a fractured left rib a while back ?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge answered
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Rib injury: A rib injury can cause all the symptoms you describe. It's possible to crack a rib with a strong cough or sneeze! Treatment of a rib injury is limited to pain medicine and sometimes taping of a small area of the chest. Important to do deep breathing exercises or use an incentive spirometer to prevent a lung infection in the side of the pain.
Answered on Jul 24, 2017
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