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Doctor insights on: Use Of Accessory Muscles When Breathing

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Why does my stomach tighten with shortness of breath? Accessory muscles being used?

Why does my stomach tighten with shortness of breath? Accessory muscles being used?

Using abdominal: muscles to improve breathing is one of the compensatory mechanisms that also recruits accessory muscle use. In other words, yes your stomach tightens because accessory muscles are being used to help your shortness of breath. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Accessory breathing muscles diaphragm, intercostal, upper trapezius all are weakened and sore. I can't breathe well for months. Causing anxiety.

Accessory breathing muscles diaphragm, intercostal, upper trapezius all are weakened and sore. I can't breathe well for months. Causing anxiety.

Get in today: Dyspnea (shortness of breath) that is wearing you out needs immediate evaluation. This is a serious medical problem that is not in your head. There are many potential causes of dypnea that leads to accessory muscle use, but you need to find out what yours is and treat it if possible. ...Read more

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What spine/posture diseases cause trouble breathing? All of my accessory breathing muscles are sore and have knots. My breathing is constricted by it.

What spine/posture diseases cause trouble breathing? All of my accessory breathing muscles are sore and have knots. My breathing is constricted by it.

Lungs and spine: Very few, actually. If you had scoliosis that progressed from age 2-4 until now, it is possible. That is when lungs continue to develop along with chest growth. If you had thoracic lordosis (rare), then the thickness of your chest and overall lung capacity would be diminished. Muscle spasm is most likely cause of breathing probs from pain. Luckily, reversible. ...Read more

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Can working out on stationary bike irritate rib muscles 3 month after pneumonia? And cause tension in neck?

Can working out on stationary bike irritate rib muscles 3 month after pneumonia? And cause tension in neck?

Conceivable: If your irritated rib muscles are on the same side you had pneumonia would suggest a followup X-ray making sure you did not develop a pleural effusion on that side, otherwise common self limited complication of pneumonia. For the neck tension a variety of other possibilities are to be considered, but if there is a significant increase in your bike exercise slowing down will give you the answer. ...Read more

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My sternocleidomastoid as well as scalene and other neck musclesstays flexed for 2-3 seconds after I relax the muscles. Also I begin to feel a twitch in my lower lip upon relase of flexing the muscles. Is this a sign of muscular disease?

Dystonia? stress? : 2 possibilities come to mind quickly. 1 is mechanically induced muscle spasm which could be postural and/or due to skeletal abnormalities. 2 dystonia (regional) in which mechanisms in the nervous system mis-program muscle relaxation and contraction. This requires neurological assessment. ...Read more

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Pain on left side of body. Starts in middle of the night. Muscle spasm when breathe in and with any slight movement. Difficult to turn, get up, sit.

Pain on left side of body. Starts in middle of the night. Muscle spasm when breathe in and with any slight movement. Difficult to turn, get up, sit.

More info?: Is it sharp or achy? Is it every time or only sometimes? What type? How long does it last? Anything make it better? Anything make it worse? Does food affect the pain? Have you had any surgery ? How long has it been there? Have you tried any medications? Did they work? Did you injure yourself? Pulled muscle etc? Has anyone done any studies? Need a bit more info? Any nausea? Fevers? ...Read more

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Can sleeping with the air conditioning blowing on you cause sore, aching shoulder and neck muscles?

Can sleeping with the air conditioning blowing on you cause sore, aching shoulder and neck muscles?

Cold muscles: Absolutely... A cool stream of air, even it if feels nice, can cause stiff neck- and shoulder muscles and make you wake-up achy... try a fan or so with indirect flow of air directly to you as an alternative. Or wear a thin shirt with a collar maybe? Good luck! ...Read more

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Can dysfunction of the sternocleidomastoid muscle (chronic tightness) alter my speaking voice and make my speaking seem strained?

Can dysfunction of the sternocleidomastoid muscle (chronic tightness) alter my speaking voice and make my speaking seem strained?

Sternocleidomastoid: The sternocleidomastoid is involved in head/neck turning and flexion. It has no direct role in speech or laryngeal function. ...Read more

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Accessory breathing muscles including upper trapezius, intercoastals, pecs, and rhomboid muscles have been sore for months. Causing breathing problems?

Accessory breathing muscles including upper trapezius, intercoastals, pecs, and rhomboid muscles have been sore for months. Causing breathing problems?

Other way around: When you have breathing problem syou use your accessory muscles to help you breath. The accessory muscles could ache when over used. The sequence of events is therefore: shortness of breath, accessory muscle use and then muscle strain. ...Read more

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Is Chest expnasion of 5cm (currently 3cm while inhalation) while inhalation possible by deep breathing exercises using lung exerciser in 1-2 months?

Is Chest expnasion of 5cm (currently 3cm while inhalation) while inhalation possible by deep breathing exercises using lung exerciser in 1-2 months?

Chest expansion: Hello ~ your question as written is difficult to understand but if I do, you are asking if your lungs vital capacity will improve with deep breathing and lung exerciser. Yes it will but to a max predetermined by your body size When the chest gets bigger for body builders that is muscle on the outside and not much increase in lung volumes. If that does not answer resubmit question thx ...Read more

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Asthma bothers me during exercise, even the least activity causes shortness of breath and tightness in my chest, not just cardio exercises.

Asthma bothers me during exercise, even the least activity causes shortness of breath and tightness in my chest, not just cardio exercises.

Uncontrolled asthma: We don't know what type of asthma you have? At any rate you are still suffering, you need to be evaluated by an allergist/immunologist for better asthma control, meanwhile, if you exercise regularly you need to take a bronchodilator inhaler right before exercise, albuterol (ventolin), call this no in Cairo for an appointment with an allergist/immunologist if you wish, 0122-279-6437, good luck ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a weak diaphragm? Is it possible hunching over the abdomen can force the diaphragm up, relieving shortness of breath?

What are the symptoms of a weak diaphragm? Is it possible hunching over the abdomen can force the diaphragm up, relieving shortness of breath?

Weak diaphragm: hello No. diaphragm supplied by phrenic nerve (C4) and is under autonomic control. No need to think breathing, you do automatically. There is no weakness of diaphragm.Either it works it it doesnt as in cervical spine injury at C4 level ( Christopher Reeves injury) If you bend and push abdominal contents into chest+ have restriction this gives lower O2 in the blood bec. less lung expansion.OK? ...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

Breathing (Definition)

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