can you fracture a rib from coughing too much? i've had the black lung for about ten days now, and about three days ago my side started to throb every time i really got hacking. i'm pretty sure there's nothing much i could do about a broken rib at this point. unless the bone decides to go compound fracture on me and breaks through the skin, i doubt the doctor would do anything more than look at me and say, "eh, suck it up." and bless baby sister's heart, having a small human all nestled up in your rib cage sort of complicates the matter. and it just so happens that the problem area is on my left side where i sling the hefty fox henry on my hip. it all makes for a somewhat unfortunate situation. if anybody out there has any great tips on how to not move while caring for a toddler, or any suggestions on how to get my hands on legal painkillers without a prescription and/or street drugs that wouldn't cause my unborn child to grow an extra limb, i'm all ears.