It sounds as if you have had quite a nasty fall which has left you feeling very bruised and tender around the chest and rib cage area. This type of bruising can take a few weeks to fully heal.
In the worst case scenario, you could have broken a rib. This can cause pain when you cough. There is no treatment anyway even if a rib is broken, unless your breathing becomes difficult.
Try to rest and hopefully you will recover quickly. You can take simple painkillers for the pain such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. If you become short of breath and feverish, you should see the doctor (as chest infections can sometimes occur following rib fractures).
Answered by Dr Emmajane Down.
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