Fascinating post Boo! Thank you
I can usually take my pulse like that too! (Unless it's noisy and there's stuff going on).
I've been thinking about my ribs more lately, instead of resolutely tring to ignore them, and I've kinda come up with a theory about my breathing. Every once in a while, I'll suddenly notice that I'm not breathing at all, my lungs are near totally deflated when this happens, and my rib cage is at it's smallest - like I've breathed out a bit too much, and my ribs just haven't risen again, as though my ability to breathe automatically has gone off-line. I think that perhaps, inadvertantly, I've been using my ribcage in a 'too exhaled' small position, but actually, my ribs are much more comfy when I take a deeper breath, and breathe in and out from a 'more inhaled' large position ... have I explained that clearly? My thinking is that my muscles have slowly got used to working in an 'incorrect overly exhaled position', much the same as happens with my other joints. I'm working on doing some deep breathing, and trying to keep my rib cage bigger, to see if this helps, and maybe, perhaps, hopefully, my ribs won't be quite as grumpy as they have been of late. My back also feels better when I hold a deeper breath. I wonder if proprioception issues with the muscles mean that the autonomic nervous system isn't getting the feedback it needs to function efficiently?
This is just the kind of theorising that gets Doctors looking at me like I'm a nutter, so ... what do you guys think? Is it possible? Does anyone get similar?
P.s. Antimatter - check out the are you hypersensitive thread in related conditions, sorry, no time to link.