I injured a rib in high school. 30 some years later and it jumps up and bites me, just as the doctor said it would.
ribs. do you smoke cigarettes ? your ribs are rubbing up against your side k
If the rib is bruised or cracked it will heal by itself, but pain can continue for a long time. When I broke a rib it took almost a year to be completely free from pain.
The only way to find out is to see someone who can answer the question -- the appropriate specialist. Even a chiropractor or osteopath can probably answer it. But as someone who practiced ju jitsu as well as kung fu, I've had rib issues, and it certainly sounds like one.
I am not sure why this posted to the anxiety community, my apologies for that.