Besides pain, obviously. ;) A couple of weeks ago I had a chest cold, and was coughing like a miner with black lung. Eventually, my rib area on my right side (side, back, and front) began to hurt- first only when I coughed, then when I breathed and moved the wrong way. A few days later, I made the mistake of sneezing (!), felt something sort of move back there in the rib section, and have been reallymiserable ever since. My aunt keeps telling me that I'd "better do something about this," and nags me to go to the doctor. I (and my uncle) think that I probably strained the little muscles between the ribs...but how can I tell if I've bruised one, as my aunt fears? Besides wrapping myself with an ace bandage and not lifting anything, is there something I should be doing?