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i have been suffering for along time with pain in my ribs  i had ultra scan that never showed anything .i suffer from copd and was told the pain is muscular due to my breathing problems plus i have a slight hardening of muscle round my heart


I too suffer from COPD for several years and have had pains from my ribs. My doctor sent me for two separate X-ray sessions,  the first showed 4 cracked ribs and the 2nd. only the COPD. I have since had a food inhaling incident when my grandson made me laugh whilst eating a burger. I coughed and retched like never before and some 10 hours later finally coughed up two pieces of burger. The point is that this time not only did my ribcage ache but my stomach felt as though I had turned it inside out.  So coughing definitely causes  rib pains.