that will take me down in a year or less. I live, day by day, in such pain, it is very difficult to do much of anything. One of my problems causes pain just under the rib cage on the right side. Have dealt with that a long time. Have noticed in the last month or so that my rib cage from under left arm around the back to the underside of right arm hurts a lot, and is worse when I breathe. I have had no cough lately, and just mention that b/c in jauary I was sick with flu and coughed so much, the front side of rib cage hurt so bad I had to hold a pillow to it to cough or it was unbearable. This is a new symptom for me. On right side of back it is sore to the touch, but the pain is as described above, worse when i breath. Not quite as bad when I take shallow breaths, but, because of lung problems, it is suggested by doc to frequently take deep breaths, hold for 3 seconds and blow out. Now, doing this hurts all around rib cage. Has anyone experienced this, and if so, do you know what caused it, or what could make it go away. Any help is appreciated.