I am a smoker, and i have had a terrible

Patient : I am a smoker, and i have had a terrible cough for the past 6 months. Recently i had a knot come up on my left side, and it hurts when i cough, or sneeze or move the wrong way. Could this be a broken rib?
Symptoms:  Knot on left side under armpit and beside breast. It hurts very bad if i sneeze or cough.
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