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Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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I read that slight rib flare can be from improper breathing (not pulling the ribcage back in when exhaling). Can core strengthening help correct this?

I read that slight rib flare can be from improper breathing (not pulling the ribcage back in when exhaling). Can core strengthening help correct this?

Mgt: This may indicate a muscular or neurologic problem causing weakness of the chest wall. There are exercises to improve your chest wall strength, but I would recommend seeing your PCP. They can order some pulmonary testing including MIP/MEP.
A virtual appointment can be booked online, to review once the results are available. ...Read more

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What causes upper right rib cage/back hurt while breathing?

What causes upper right rib cage/back hurt while breathing?

Could be: pneumonia, pleurisy, pulmonary embolism, pneumothorax, gallbladder attack, kidney infection, or even shingles. Impossible to tell for sure without exam and tests. Get to a doctor asap. ...Read more

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Severe chest, back and rib pain that moves around for three months. Breathing causes pain?

Severe chest, back and rib pain that moves around for three months. Breathing causes pain?

There are a number: Of significant pulmonary and vascular disorders that could be causing your symptoms. You need to see a health care provider for an evaluation as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Pain on left side of rib cage (no physical injury, but swelling), even on deep breathing. Localized on touching. Had a bike accident 2 days back.

Pain on left side of rib cage (no physical injury, but swelling), even on deep breathing. Localized on touching. Had a bike accident 2 days back.

Possible fracture.: It is possible to fracture a rib or just bruise it up pretty well. Sometimes the pain can be severe. As long as you are not having any shortness of breath (excluding that due to sharp pain with inspiration) you will heal. There is no real benefit to having rib xrays as the treatment will be the same -avoid injuring it while it heals. ...Read more

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I am having trouble breathing deeply and when I do I feel pain in my back ribs.?

I am having trouble breathing deeply and when I do I feel pain in my back ribs.?

Mgt: There may be inflammation of the chest wall, including the rib age. A trial of Motrin and a heating pad is advised.
Please see your PCP if it persists. ...Read more

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I have been getting spasms and cramping in my ribs and back for a few weeks. I am also having a problem with my breathing. Could this be related?

I have been getting spasms and cramping in my ribs and back for a few weeks. I am also having a problem with my breathing. Could this be related?

See below: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Slight pain left side of back below rib cage spreading up to shoulders worse when standing and active deep breathing makes me cough and feels cold?

Tough: How long has problem occurred? Could be many causes. Early shingles, spasms between ribs, irritation at rib/cartilage junction, something going on in lung base, somatic (muscles and connective tissue). You are going to need to get this one checked out. ...Read more

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Slight pain left side of back below rib cage spreading up to shoulders worse when standing and active deep breathing makes me cough and feels cold?

Pain below rib cage: Could be gas in colon or lung issues infection versus clot, (especially if on birth control and smoke), or spleen if had injury, or kidney stone / or gastritis / GERD. Since there is concern o f clot would f/u/ w/ doc / urgent care ER today. ...Read more

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I am experiencing pain in the left side on the upper back when breathing and moving, feels like it is under the ribs. Had bronchitis 3 weeks ago?

Get eval: With the history of a recent infection in your lungs, best to see dr and get eval to assure the inflammation and or infection is not coming back. God luck. ...Read more

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Have had back pain for over a month, seen doc. Wondering why on the days that my pain is worse, the pain radiates to my ribs & makes breathing hard?

Have had back pain for over a month, seen doc. Wondering why on the days that my pain is worse, the pain radiates to my ribs & makes breathing hard?

Sounds like: You may be having radicular (pinched nerves) symptoms. How high in your back is the pain...Is it MID BACK? (lower rib cage level)?????
Were any xrays taken?
Need more info...ask question again or join Health tap prime for extended "opinion"
Hope this helps!
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Hi, for the last month ive been having trouble breathing (mostly on the left side). I also have been experiancing random sharp pains throughout my chest and back, and also pain in my ribs and back. I had an xray done a month ago when this started and they

Hi, for the last month ive been having trouble breathing (mostly on the left side). I also have been experiancing random sharp pains throughout my chest and back, and also pain in my ribs and back. I had an xray done a month ago when this started and they

Need to be checked: Your question was incomplete. You had an xray done. Apparently you are or have been under the care of a doctor who ordered Xray.
I will suggest that you should make an appointment with your doctor to find out the cause of your shortness of breath and pain.
Shortness of breath can be serious and if you can not get an apt early go to ER ...Read more

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Trouble breathing when I lay on my back. Pain in mostly right ribs. Only way I get rest is by sitting up. Should I be concerned?

Right chest wall: Pain require physical examination and possible radiological examination as injury and infections are high on the differentials ...Read more

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Twisting force caused tear sensation in back 9-11 ribs w/ initial severe pain w/ sitting up and breathing. 1.5 years later muscle still gets sore.?

Twisting force caused tear sensation in back 9-11 ribs w/ initial severe pain w/ sitting up and breathing. 1.5 years later muscle still gets sore.?

Was there rib fractu: This may have been a fracture or a separation of the rib cartilage. If it does not heal completely there can be a tear that periodically separates. There may have been a problem with the healing that puts the muscle at risk. You can discuss this with your physiciana nd look at the imaging. ...Read more

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I have aching pain in my upper back and neck and shoulders a little in my ribs at the back. Also chest hurts when breathing in?

I have aching pain in my upper back and neck and shoulders a little in my ribs at the back. Also chest hurts when breathing in?

Mgt: There are a number of possible conditions which can cause these symptoms. If you are otherwise healthy, muscular pain is a likely cause. Other possible causes include pleuritic inflammation or infection.
In your age group, cardiac findings are less common.
I would recommend a NSAID and a heating pad. If the pain worsen or does not resolve in a few weeks, please see your physician. ...Read more