I agree with Jeannie, but I'd just like to add that I also have this type of pain, and for me, a visit w/ my massage therapist (neuromuscular) helps immensely. She can usually locate a trigger point and release it. She has asked me if I have shortness of breath, because the trigger points and tight muscles/ligaments in this area around the ribcage and diaphragm can cause that, too. I can usually figure out what it is I've been doing - often times repetitive motions with my arms raised or constricted that sets up the pain reaction. Sometimes it's as simple as sitting at the computer too long and using the mouse! (I'm right handed).
Have you had a chest Xray to rule out problems associated w/ the COPD? Hope you get some help from your doctors and start feeling better!
diagnoses: mono 1972; postviral CFS 1997; fibro 1998; CEBV 2005; UCTD (dx limbo) 2007
meds: occasional low dose xanax for sleep, artificial tears w/ ointment at night, ibuprophin (none of which manages the problems very well!)
We cannot avoid the birds of sadness flying over our heads, but we need not let them make nests in our hair.
~~ Chinese saying as quoted by Helen Nearing