Thanks for the reply. I will definitely try the bendy straw. As for the pain, it's not behind my sternum as such and it's not a typical pain associated with heartburn, meaning it's not a burning pain. It actually hurts when I touch my ribs in certain places. The bone and /or muscle is tender and sore and I can pinpoint very specific areas where it really hurts. It kind of extends round from my front ribs to my back and the pain is also up in my right shoulder. I'm not sure what to make of all this but I am imagining all sorts of scary possibilities. I have seen a GI and she is going to do a colonoscopy and upper GI scope whenever I get my appointment. This may not be for several months. In the interim I am getting my ribs x-rayed tomorrow and so should know whether there is anything visible there.
Do you know if an xray will show up things like masses in your bone? That is what I am so scared of right now because the pain is so strange and new. I've never felt anything like it.