I was telling a friend about the last post that discussed pain between the ribs while breathing in, and she asked me if that is the same explanation for a pain she is experiencing between her ribs. My friend had bronchitis recently and had a severe cough that lasted for several days (“Years” according to her). The answer is similar, but not exactly the same so I decided I’d share it with you and you’ll see the slight difference.
The basic information about the muscles is exactly the same, it’s a repetitive strain injury so I suggest you read the Julstro Protocol if you haven’t read it already. The difference is that this was caused by curling over was you coughed (causing the forward tilt of the pelvis, etc.) and the intercostal muscles violently and rapidly lengthening and then contracting. Eventually the intercostals go into spasm from the rapidity of the movements, and when this happens the now-shorter muscle fibers tie up in knots and you can’t expand your ribcage to take in the next inhalation. It feels like a razor-blade is being poked into your side.
With this situation the fastest and easiest thing to do is to put your fingertip exactly where you are feeling the sharp pain and hold pressure on it. If it’s a spasm, you’ll release the tension and be able to breath a bit easier. It won’t stop the coughing, but at least you won’t have two situations to deal with at the same time.
BTW, if you are coughing like that, be sure to go to your doctor and be checked for pneumonia. Pneumonia is life-threatening and it’s definitely not wise to just take over-the-counter medications and possibly let something that serious go untreated.
Wishing you well,