I have had this brutal cough for what feels like forever so am pretty much adjusted to it. However last Saturday afternoon I unexpectedly coughed while standing unsupported. I don’t know what happened but it felt like a knife went through the right side of my chest and came out the back. It literally took my breath away. I was hoping it would fade quickly so carried on with my day but within an hour I was at Emerg. I was there for over 5 hours. That included an ECG to rule out heart problem which I was not aware was an issue. They also did a chest x-ray. The final verdict was inconclusive; it is either a pulled muscle OR a torn muscle OR a cracked rib. Rib cracks don’t generally show up on x-ray until they start to heal. From my personal experience I am fairly sure the rib is cracked. At any rate it hurts like stink … I spent most of Monday lazing about but it was still very painful Tuesday morning so I booked off for the day. I went in to work on Wednesday but was very sore so I booked 1/2 day vacation for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Hopefully that will help me get past the worst of this.