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Kicked in the chest and sore

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I was playing with a six year old and he hit me in the chest hard with his foot. I lost my breathe and I'm sore. Should I be concerned? Or just relax?

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I would like to know some additional details from you so that I can provide a solid and learned opinion.
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1. Do you feel any catching pain when taking a deep breath ?
2. Is there any part of the chest that moves abnormally ? (like going in when breathing )
3. Is there pain when you press on the area ?
4. Do you feel any breathing difficulty ?
5. Does coughing produce pain ? ( Try coughing twice or thrice)

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Patient replied :

I only felt short of breathe when it happened. My anxiety is also very bad because I never got hit the chest before and I get panic attacks . I can take deep breathes without any sharp pain. When I touch it the bone feels a little sore. He hit like where a necklace lays on your neck with the flat of his foot. I forced two coughs and didn't feel any pain. I

Thank you.

It seems the the trauma is not dangerous or significant . You need not worry, as there are no alarm signs of a rib / chest injury.

However just keep a watch and see if there is persistent pain or the signs I have asked in my previous reply. In the very rare case if you have any symptoms do let me know. I will keep this consult open for you. As of now there is nothing to worry. You can take an OTC pain medication like Ibuprofen twice a day if the pain is bothering you.

Hope this helps
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Thank you

Dr. Mukesh Tiwari
Category: Spine Surgeon
Fellowship - Khandaka Hospital, Jaipur
Residency - MS, Rabindranath Tagore Medical College, Udaipur, 2000
Medical School, Internship - MBBS, SMS Medical College, Jaipur, 1995
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