A 51-year-old female asked:
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have upper mid back pain and feel like a giant hand is squeezing me around rib cage sometimes gasp for breath saw chiro & massage ther lots w/no help?

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Dr. John Michalski
35 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Rib pain: Get checked asap to rule out heart origin of pain.
Answered on Mar 1, 2013
Dr. Erik Borncamp
24 years experience Wound care
Stop seeing chiro: There are many things that could be causing your symptoms. If it is not a sore muscle then chiro (massage ) is unlikely to help. Heart pain, gallbladder pain, etc can give you similar symptoms and a chiro rubbing your back wont help u. See you md for a work up. If nothing serious is found you can go back to the chiro -- though if it hasnt hellped?
Answered on Aug 10, 2015
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