"probably" not a fracture? Was an x-ray not taken?
No, it's not a displaced fracture of the rib, you would have punctured your lung by now.
Does it hurt when you breath in, breath out, no difference?
It hurts only when on your back? Does the lump move under the skin? Fell hard, soft? Can you squeeze it and change it's shape?
You could have torn the cartilage between the ribs, and this is injury point inflammation.
Many thanks EdwardPB,
The harsh pain from breathing doesn't hurt as much now. And only if I breath in deeply. If I stretch up or lay on my back I feel some pain. From what you said, it may be the ribs pulling on each other a bit and not fully healed. If I push the front left of my ribs, particularly at the bottom, I get a bit of pain too. Again, much less pain than I felt a couple of weeks ago though.
No X-Ray was taken. The doctor didn't feel it was needed, but didn't really explain what was wrong. I didn't ask enough questions probably.
The lump feels a bit like chicken cartilage over bone but doesn't really move.
You should get a simple X-ray chest done to rule out any possible rib fracture, callous formation or haematoma / collection of blood due to the impact.
Use warm and cold compress and take NSAIDs such as ibuprofen to decrease your pain and inflammation.
It can also be a soft tissue injury which will heal by itself.
For further complications you have to follow up with an orthopedician.
I have the same thing from an impact to my right side ribs on my back just below my shoulder blade. Did you ever figure out what this was?
I have the same thing 4 weeks after soccer collision with goal post. X-rays were negative. Not sure if I should go back to doctor. Only bothers me when lying on back and streching. But definitely hard nonmoveable bump on top of bone?