Hi Elizabeth,This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.
This is likely due to the significant soft tissue injey around the rib cage from the fall.
However, there is also risk of rib fracture from the fall.
That should be confirmed with xrays.
If there is no displaced fracture, then the management of rib fracture is same as soft tissue injury alone.
Ice, ibuprofen, avoidance of any exertional activities that require use of rib cage muscles will help with recover over 2 weeks or so.
You should get the Xrays first.
Prescription pain medication may be useful short term to help with the symptoms better.Best wishes,It was my pleasure to help you today.If I have answered all your questions, Please rate my response Excellent (click on the 5th star on top).Please bookmark my profile for fast, reliable authentic answers!This is the link to my profile:http://www.justanswer.com/medical/expert-mysticdoc/
You can use Acetaminophen ( Tylenol) for pain control available over the counter.
You need to go to the local hospital for Xrays and prescription.
We are not allowed to prescribe online.
No it does not.
Acetaminophen can be used in case of ulcers as well.