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Why Does My Upper Back Hurt When I Breathe Deeply
Back pain : Many causes for pain in back. When you breathe deeply you ribs and the muscles connecting them stretch and if you have strained your back this could be a cause for your pain. Have your doctor examine your back while breathing deeply. This can guide further work up. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Rib dislocation: Could be a rib dislocation or possibly costochondritis (inflammation of where the ribs and cartilage meet). I would recommend seeing a osteopathic physician to see if they can correct the rib issue. Many times they can place the rib back in proper alignment. Make sure you see a do that does manipulation as their main practice, they are the best. ...Read more
Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, i would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Go get checked out: If one is having pleuritic pain (pain when one breathes deeply), associated with fast heart beat and gasping for air, all occurring at the same time, not resolving, lasting longer than about 10minutes , then it is best to call 911, especially if one recently travelled long distances (ex: >4 hours by car/plane without moving around), had recent surgery, smoke, and/or take birth control pills. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lung Inflammation?: You may have inflammation in your lungs, and when you take a deep breath and your lungs expand, that is causing your discomfort. Pleuritis is possible. You may have a muscle sprain as well, and when you use your accessory muscles to breath, that are aches you. See a dr. If it persists to get a proper diagnosis. Goodluck. ...Read more
Some dangerous cause: t he most usual reason would be that the small (intercostal) muscles between ribs are inflamed. But inflammation of any of the tissues affected by breathing, including the lining (pleura) around the lungs or the lung tissue itself might be involved. Better consult your Primary Care Practitioner who may refer for imaging studies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Back pain from cough: Your lungs fill your chest cavity .When you cough, you take a deep breath in, then the vocal cords close. This causes a rapid increase in pressure within the chest cavity by contracting the muscles between the ribs and the diaphragm muscles. Then the vocal cords open to let the air out rapidly. The high pressure in the chest as well as the contraction of the muscles cause the back pain. ...Read more
Accessory Muscles: The diaphragm is the muscle that is used primarily for breathing. It is attached to the lower ribs and separates the chest from the belly. Other muscles used to breathe are called accessory muscles of respiration. They are in the neck and between the ribs. Anything that irritates those muscles can cause pain with breathing. Oddly, some irritations at or below the diaphragm can radiate up. ...Read more
Back pain: Rest. When you take a breath it increases your pressure inside your abdomen and can cause your back to hurt. Likely you irritated it during some activity. Your are of an age though that a bulging disc is common and this could be a contributing factor. I would anticipate that this will resolve in a day or so. If not get checked. ...Read more
Muscles..: It seems that for some reason your muscles are suffering a spasm or have been hurt somehow. Signs of pain triggered by movement or expansion of your thoracic cage when you take a deep breath( which stretches your muscles as a result) are consistent with this. Ice the area for 15 mins 3 times a day and if not allergic take anti inflammatory meds( like ibuprofen). If worse or not better see your dr. ...Read more
Cough: This is likely due to a strained muscle due to the coughing itself. Some can even have a small fracture of a rub from coughing so much/hard. If you feel short of breath, then you should be seen, otherwise this should get better as you start coughing less! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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Muscle pain ?: Assuming you didn't have any trauma, cough, shortness of breath, fever......, then possibly its musculoskeletal pain. Try hotshowers and Aleve (naproxen) ( twice a day) for few days, if not improved , you may need to see a doctor, to be examined and may be have an x-ray done.Don't wait too long ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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