My Back Hurts When I Take a Breath

I’ve recently had a lot of patients present with rib problems. They didn’t know it was a rib problem. So I thought I’d put out a little bit of information about it.

People come in complaining of back pain, and after an exam we determine that the source of pain is the rib head articulation. When I explain that to patients they ask me how their ribs could be hurting. The answer is not simple just like any medical explanation, but I’ll try to simplify. Your ribs attach to your spine with 2 joints per rib. Those joint complexes just like any other joint can be sprained, strained, inflamed, irritated, or just plain sad. As with other injuries these can happen due to a trauma, or over time with repetitive stress. The joint attachments are not the only thing that can be injured, but that’s what we’re talking about so we’re going to rule out fractures, tumors, and scary stuff like that.

How do you know if you have an injured rib joint complex? The most important way would be to come see me (www.drduncanchiropractic.com) or another qualified doctor and get it examined. If you are wondering, “is my back pain a rib problem?” then you already have back pain and should see a chiropractor anyway, but here are some common symptoms to indicate rib joints. Rib dysfunction pain is usually a sharp stabbing pain, that you just can’t get rid of. It can affect everything you do. It hurts to take a deep breath, raising your hands over your head reproduces the pain. The pain can go all the way around the chest or to the shoulder.

The good news is that rib dysfunction is usually a very quick easy fix. You can often get immediate and complete relief with just one adjustment. AND, it feels so good when it goes away.  I love fixing patients with this problem, because it’s one of those easy times when patients walk in with pain and skip out with a smile.  So, don’t delay see your chiropractor today. :)

77 thoughts on “My Back Hurts When I Take a Breath

  1. rochesterchiro

    I find that rib dysfunctions are easy and rewarding to treat…however, I do not always see immediate relief following their correction. In fact, I will usually tell patients that they can expect to feel better movement and breathing following a rib head adjustment but they may still experience soreness for 8 to 10 hours. Ice or cryotherapeutic gel is usually indicated post treatment. Perhaps your mileage varies.

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  2. cmnacnud Post author

    My results are about the same. The sharp stabbing pain is what I was referring to when I mentioned often getting instant relief. Your right the soft tissue still has to deal with the inflammation that usually accompanies any injury, and that can take a few hours, but compared to what they came in with it’s a joy. By the way, thanks for your comments.

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    1. Dominique

      Hi, I woke up this morning with really bad pain in all of my upper body. If I take a little breathe it hurts all in my back on both the right and left side of me and below my chest. This doesn’t happen to me that often. This is probably the third time it’s happened to me, but I do know I have a really bad back and it is sometimes hard to breath, but I usually don’t get any pain all over. It’s hard to explain, but I don’t know what to do. I’m only 17. :/

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      1. cmnacnud Post author

        The thing to do is to find your chiropractor. Once you have been treated and get it resolved then the best thing to do is to strengthen the area. Your chiropractor should know some great exercises to give you.

  3. Zachary Skaggs

    I am having this exact issue. I woke up in the middle of the night yelling because of the pain. Is it normal to be that severe? Do you have tips on how to find a good chiropractor near me?

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      I wouldn’t recommend screaming as it takes more breath, but the best thing to do to find a chiropractor is ask around. Then when you get to a chiropractor interview him before being treated by him. Find out what he is going to do and make sure you are comfortable with him. Make sure you know what the treatment plan is. It is ok if your treatment goes longer or shorter, but at least you should have some goals and a date by which you plan to achieve them. Then when you get to that date you can decide if you want to continue or not. Also a good chiropractor should give you home care, like exercises to do at home to prevent future problems and improve your health overall. Good luck.

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  4. Dale Rattan

    Hey, this article has been useful to me and I am planning on visiting my chiropractor in due time. O thing was not clear to me though, and I say so because I also get the back pain when I stretch to ym right side and take a deep breath. I noticed that you didn’t mention any pain while stretching….

    Now I’m a bit confused and worried about my symptoms and the source of my back problems. Could you be so kind as to shed some light into this matter?

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      Taking a deep breath is just stretching your rib cage. So it is understandable that a rib dysfunctio would also cause pain when stretching your rib cage even without taking a deep breath.

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  5. Cryssy

    I just found out I have lupus n normally I’d just suffer from pain in my spine from scoliosis which I’ve been diognosed with a few months ago now for the past three days I’ve been getting really bad back side n stomach pains as well as nausea can my breathing problems n my pain in my ribs be accuring because of my lupus

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      Sorry for my late reply. I’ve been on vacation. The quick answer is yes, all of the symptoms may be caused by SLE (lupus). They may not be as well. Lupus is a disease where your immune system attacks your normal body in many parts. Some places are more common than others to have symptoms. You said that you just found out. I highly recommend speaking with the doctor that gave you the diagnosis to answer more of your questions. There is great information out there, but they should be able to help you sort through it all. Good luck.

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  6. Audra M.

    I was having what felt like a muscle spasms under the right side of my ribs; that feeling is gone, but now I just have pain on my right side – actually my back, side, and front along the rib area. I was just at my chiropractor last Wednesday, so I’m not sure what this is…

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      It sounds like latent muscle or joint pain, and would likely be addressed by chiropractic. Since you were just at your chiropractor I would recommend giving him a call and letting him know about your symptoms and concerns. I also recommend providing a goal such as what you want to get out of treatment. This is something that doctors run into from time to time. They may solve one problem but it occasionally turns out not to be what the patient wanted solved. Most people want to have the symptoms they describe to stop, but occasionally a patient just wants to be able to play with their child again or to be able to take out the garbage. A complete history taken by any doctor should involve asking you about your goals and that will allow the doctor to better able provide the treatment that you require. Good luck and thank you for your comment.

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  7. Leeann

    I crack my back with hardly any movement at all and have been tested for so many things since my teen years. I was told my spine is whinding and throws my hips off and been to therpy with no relief and then told that i had “RA” i am only 4foot 11 and 23yrs of age. The things that you have decribed highly relate to my suffering except my is more while laying down or standing. Is this normal at my age?

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      I don’t think that normal exists. I don’t know of anyone who matches what my textbooks describe when they talk about normal. We all have our own challenges, and we do our best to have health in the best way that our body will allow us to. I am saddened to hear of your struggles. Because you are 23 there is some great news and some not so great news. The not so great news is that you will have to start educating yourself on how to best take care of your body, mind and spirit, at a much younger age than most people do. You will need to take charge of your health, and learn as much as you can about how your body responds to things and then do the things that allow you to function at your best. Doctors have a great deal of knowledge and can assist you, but no one feels your body like you do. You have to be in charge and that means having all the information and making the decision that you feel is best. It may or may not be what the doctor says. You can tell what helps it to feel the best. The great news is that your young and because your young your body is at it’s peak when it comes to healing. You will be able to respond better to the interventions that you decide on. Take care of yourself and good luck.

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  8. shan1

    When i take a deep breath in I get a shooting pain more to the left hand side of my back, I saw my GP a month ago about it and he said he would keep an eye on it however I’ve had this now for about 4 months and its starting to concern me! Could you possibly tell me what this is?

    Thanks

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      From that information I cannot tell, however if you read the post it describes one likely possibility such as a rib head dysfunction. Diagnosing online is not what I would recommend. If you are having symptoms that are musculoskeletal in nature meaning it feels like it is in your joints or muscles then I would recommned seeing a chiropractor for an evaluation. If your GP doesn’t know what it is, but isn’t concerned enough to order more testing then it is likely musculoskeletal and he will not be able to help you with it. Find a good local chiropractor and good luck with it. Let me know if you do and what the result is. If it is a rib head then you should know within a week or two if chiropractic is helping. Good luck.

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  9. Gayle

    Hi :) I have pain in my left side that my doctor(s) don’t seem to be able to diagnose. I have had pleurisy twice in the same spot and three years ago had a “tickle” in my throat caused by allergy I guess, & when it would start, I would cough until I choked and literally would throw up. This went on for 2-3 months… I would cough and cry and hold my left side because it was so PAINFUL. And 3 years later it still hurts when I move, like to roll over in bed, stretch, cough, etc. My doctor said it may be ‘costocondroitis” at the time, but I wonder if the coughing broke a rib? They have x-rayed it, but nothing showed up.. if I “push” on the rib though, I can feel a light “pop”. When I found your site, I thought I’d just see what you thought…?

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      Gayle, I’m sorry. Rib pain can be very difficult to cope with because you can’t just stop breathing to relieve it. Costocontritis is often a mis-diagnosis medically when what is really meant is rib dysfunction or a subluxated rib, or in medical terminology somatic dysfunction of the rib cage. Unfortunately most medical doctors have very little experience with successfully treating musculoskeletal injuries. I work with a few sports med docs and doctors of osteopathy who are the exception to that rule. If the internal organs have been ruled out as the cause of the problem and you still have chest or back pain you should seek out a musculoskeletal specialist such as a chiropractor.

      While it is possible that you did break your rib (it is an easy fracture to miss because you can’t always see rib fractures on X-ray) if they couldn’t see it then it has been long enough for such a minor fracture to have healed. While rib dysfunction is usually easy to resolve with chiropractic, that is not always the case especially in chronic cases. I would recommend you seek out your local chiropractor and at least get an exam done.

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  10. Rodney Mcgee

    Why is it that whenever i take a deep breath i get a sharp pain in the center of my back? It also hurts when i try to get up of move around in bed?

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      It’s possible that this article has the answer to your question. Without you giving any further information or having me examine you I can honestly say that your condition might fit into the one described here of rib dysfunction.

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  11. Alisha

    I have back pain in the center of my back, but also on both sides of my mid-back (think where the lungs are). My muscles feel so tight, and my back seems to crack with very minimal effort. There are no stabbing pains, my back just feels stiff. Don’t get me wrong, it’s painful… just not in a “sharp pain” kind of way.

    I notice it more so when I take deep breaths, then it’s a “cramping” type pain on either side of my back where my lungs are located (but more towards the bottom of where my lungs are).

    I feel I may be describing what I am feeling poorly, just suffice it to say my back hurts all the time… =\ I am 25 years old, so this concerns me. Aren’t I too young to be experiencing back pain to this extent?

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      Alisha, don’t worry it is difficult to describe pain, and while you are never too young to experience back pain as you suggest you may be too young at experiencing back pain to describe it. Hopefully you will get to a chiropractor soon so that you never get to the point with your back pain that you can describe it in great detail.

      Many illnesses and injuries are assumed to be a part of old age, but in reality if you are wellness minded and take care of your body, barring any major injuries or genetic predisposition you should not ever have back pain. Back pain affects old and young alike, and the solution to it is the same, proper function. A chiropractor can help you regain proper function or advise you on how to keep it if you haven’t already lost it. They use diet, exercise, manipulation of joints and many other tools to help you to keep your body functioning at it’s peak.

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      Being overweight can be a complicating factor and predispose you to many complaints, but it would not be a direct cause of rib dysfunction. If you are overweight due to lack of exercise and then you exert yourself one day it could cause a rib dysfunction, but it was the exertion without being properly conditioned that would have caused it and not the weight directly.

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      Typically no, this kind of rib pain would not cause a fever. Fever usually would come in association with viral or bacterial infections.

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  12. parsla

    I am a healthy 25 yr old female. This is my very first experience of this sort. Yesterday evening, I took a nap and when I woke up, I felt feverish but didnt do anything for it. At night, I took a head bath and went to sleep with a slight pain (somewhere). I noticed it but didnt think it was serious. Within 1 hour, I felt the pain (somewhere) increasing in intensity. Within 2 hours, I could not breathe deeply and I struggled to find the right posture so I could sleep. I couldnt, so I woke up eventually to realize the pain was located somewhere under/around my left shoulder blade and was more intense when I was upright (sitting or standing). It feels better when I am stooped forward or when my left arm is bent on the elbow, slightly towards the back. I dont know what this is.

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      Without a proper exam I cannot diagnose your condition. The internet is a great place to get information and ideas that point you in the right direction, but lousy for specific diagnosis. Your report of symptoms fit a rib dysfunction, and with your description I highly recommend you seek help from a local chiropractor. Good luck.

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  13. Omar Yolo San Elias

    i have the same exact symptoms al this people have i go to the chiropractic n they tell me because it hurts when i breath i have to go see a doctor ugh n when i go to the doctor they tell me im good xrays n mri are good n tell me to just go to a chriropractic i really dont know what to do anymore i been like this for 2 years a
    ready i wish i could get better this is so painful since i was assaulted ..

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      If you’re getting the brush off at an initial appointment or even by receptionists before an exam then you need to find a better chiropractic office. If they have already examined you and treatment failed in both offices, then there may be something else going on. Either the doctors were not as good as they should be and you should find another one, or the problem is something that healthscience has not been able to determine yet. I would recommend getting a referral from the chiropractor to another chiropractor they trust, perhaps a specialist (Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner). Here is a site to locate one near you: http://www.kevinhearon.com/CEA/locator.html

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  14. krish

    I am krish, 27 male from India, today morning, when i was climbing the stairs, I took a deep breathe when climbed all the stairs, then suddenly I felt the same as a stabbing pain on center of back… what will be the main cause.. plz. help

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      With your description I cannot diagnose the condition. If you had been doing some heavy workout climbing it may just be a muscle cramp, but it may also be a rib dysfunction as this article points out. If the pain remains at this point please seek out a chiropractor for a full history and examination to determine the actual problem.

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  15. Olivia

    I am a healthy 14 year old female, for the past few months i have off and on been having right hand side lower back pain often very severe. It also hurts very much when I take a deep breath. The only time I can make the pain subside (to a degree) is when I place pressure against the area. The pain makes it hard to sleep. Any suggestions? And Is it possible a rib problem?
    I have been surfing the web looking for an explination there are several possible answers I have found such as gallbladder problems rib problems, bronchitis, (I have had before) pneumonia (had before) and even asthma (don’t have). So I was just wondering,
    Thank you, Olivia

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      If putting pressure on the area resolves the pain then it is probably not gallbladder, bronchitis/asthma, or pneumonia. While touch can inhibit pain, kind of like rubbing an area that you just bumped makes it feel better, usually if you can pinpoint the area of pain and put pressure on it then it is usually musculoskeletal in nature. With that in mind I would recommend an exam by your chiropractor, and if it turns out to be something visceral like those things you mentioned he may be able to diagnose it and refer you to the appropriate provider to recieve medical or surgical care if it is needed.

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  16. sarah jane murphy

    hello!..i am sarah jane 24, female, I’m wondering if you might be able to advise me!…i do a lot of yoga..(two hours a day often..) and i am very flexible…i am currently experiencing sharp back pains, of which i have never experienced before(i have indeed had other types of back pains, ..)
    the pains started early last week but i presumed i had activated some muscle i hadn’t used in a while, and continued with my daily practice, and classes…i then fell off my bike two days ago landing on my knee, which is swollen tender and will not bend properly (I’m limping..)i have not done any yoga since, and i have not been to the doctor..the back pain is now (just today) intense,specifically when i breath as i lengthen my spine (which i am trained to do naturally, i have a dancers posture..) and connect my sholder blades..what should i do??…i don’t know if i caused this by yoga or the bike accident…

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      Sarah Jane, I’m sorry that you’re having this pain. It is always hard to determine a direct cause especially without a well exam before and then an exam after to compare. It is likely that you strained something during yoga predisposing you to injury when you fell, however that is not necessarily the case. It does sound like you may have a rib dysfunction going on there similar to what I’ve described in the article. These usually resolve on their own within 48 hours, but as you are telling me about it, it obviously hasn’t and so you should seek professional assistance. Find a local chiropractor and schedule an appt. for an exam and treatment. The sooner you get in the faster your recovery will be. In about 80% of these cases the issue resolves within 1-2 treatments for me. Discuss it with your chiropractor before hand so that he can explain to you what to expect with him. Good luck.

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  17. Susan Mcmullan

    I suffer from sciatica but lately l have been getting pain on the right side of the back that radiates to the side of my rib cage just under my arm and is very painful to even sleep on at night. Also when l am on my feet a lot my legs get very tired and my knee’s hurt that much l have to sit down. Could this all be related to sciatica?

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      By definition Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It is caused by injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is a symptom of another medical problem, not a medical condition on its own. So, it is possible that the back pain, tired legs, and knee pain may be caused by the same condition that is causing your sciatica, but you need to find out the cause and treat that. They may all be connected to a condition in the lumbar spine. See your local chiropractor for assistance with an official diagnosis.

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  18. Sam

    Just this morning i woke up and took a deep breathe and instantly started getting a pain in the center of my back. My back also hurts when moving around, the pain is right in the center of my back between my shoulders.Any ideas of what might be wrong?

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      I would refer you to the body of the post for your answer and say that most rib dysfunction resolves on it’s own in 1-2 days. If it hasn’t then find a good chiropractic office.

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      1. Matt

        I stumbled upon this article while searching for “sharp pain in upper back when I take a deep breathe” and a lot of these post describe what I am experiencing. I have a sharp pain in upper left side of my back that started out only doing it when I took a deep breathe but now it is almost every breathe therefore making me inhale very slowly and I feel like I’m not getting enough of a breathe or enough oxygen now and messes with my breathing which makes the pain worse because I feel I have to take a deep breathe more often. In fact, a few months ago it was so bad I couldn’t hardly move without hurting so I went to the doctor and they did and X-ray and a few other test and said nothing showed up abnormal, that my lung wasn’t collapsed or any sign of anything and just sent me home, the pain is back now and has been for over a week, every minute of everyday with no relief, so my question is would the rib problem show up on the X-ray the hospital took and said they seen nothing out of the ordinary? It has seriously limited my usual activities and seems to be getting worse. I want to go to a chiropractor but I was recently layed off and can’t afford to go multiple times, but should I go on and see one even though the X-ray showed nothing?

      2. cmnacnud Post author

        The X-ray may show the dysfunction, but the hospital would likely not see it because they are looking for what X-rays are best at finding, fractures, dislocations, etc… X-rays are lousy at finding dysfunction because they are still pictures. They don’t show inappropriate movement. It’s kind of like looking for a problem in your car when it is stopped, that only happens when the engine is on. You have to check it by turning it on.

        I would highly recommend going to a chiropractor. Often times you will get complete resolution of a rib dysfunction in only 1 or 2 visits. However your comment implies that it is a chronic issue, and I cannot promise that. Make sure that you also get some exercises to help stabilize the region. Good luck.

  19. Nakisha

    Hi i am a bodybuilder and two years ago i was squatting 480lbs. I placed bar on upper back and felt like i did it wrong. 6 monthas ago i did 200lb squats and i ended up wit numbness and tingling tht switches frm side to side in my neck all tha way to my middle back. Er told me i got a slight bulging disc and to stop liffing. I did but the pain is so much worse. Sumtimes feels like itz hard to swollow and buts to breath deep. My back hurts constantly. Is this something i shud c chiropractors for?

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      It is highly unlikely that you developed a bulging disc in your neck from doing squats, and the more likely lower back disc issue would not produce the neck or upper back complaints though they could complicate them. There may be some disc issues in your neck that could have been aggravated by your positioning. The fact that the symptoms switch from side to side indicate a transient issue and I would guess that it is due to some segmental dysfunctions. A chiropractor would be ideal to resolve this complaint. I cannot examine you over the web and so will not give you a formal diagnosis, but your local chiropractor can do a full exam and will be able to provide treatment for this complaint or an appropriate referral.

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      1. Nakisha

        Wht are segmental dysfuctions? I can push in neck and left shoulder blade and it sends tingling feeling. Could there b nerves being pinched?

      2. cmnacnud Post author

        One of the easiest ways to understand segmental dysfunction is to understand how to treat it. See this post ( https://chirotalk.wordpress.com/what-does-a-chiropractic-adjustment-do ). Essentially it is when a segment of your musculoskeletal system doesn’t function the way that it should. That could be a pressure on a nerve, or a lack of motion, or even too much motion. This next blog post is about what chiropractors treat. It can also give you an idea about it. https://chirotalk.wordpress.com/what-does-a-chiropractor-treat/

      3. Nakisha

        Also i hav very restricted neck movment. Can not tilt head bk at all and cant turn head to both sides very far..

  20. Jan

    Wouldn’t mind some suggestions as to what to do while while waiting the weekend in pain. The chiropractor office isn’t open till Monday. My back is hurting on left side middle by spine, and i am having hard time breathing deep and starting to hurt when shallow breathing as well. I have some ribs that move and have been pushed back before by chiropractor. He say lay on floor…..?what does that do?

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      I’m sorry to hear that you are hurting. Lying on your back uses the pressure of your weight on the rib cage and taking deep breaths in that position can sometimes allow the ribs to correct on their own, and if nothing else can relieve some of the pain. To add more to that suggestion try rolling up a towel and putting it on the floor and lying on top of that. It applies a more focused pressure to the area directly on the towel. You can also use ice packs and stretching or massage to provide a little bit of relief. Good luck.

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  21. Meagan

    Weird but true I went to get a internal ultrasound last Monday 2 hours after it was done I started having back pain really bad .. I still have it and ended up going to my doc and she gave me muscle relaxers and Vicodin for pain and told me to get a X-ray the results came back today and I have Lower Lumbar Spine Arthritis!! Im 33 years old never had back pain in my life Im beyond annoyed with it and mornings are awful I cant move or if I take a deep breath the pain knocks me to my knees .. Would a chiropractor be able to help with this .. im not a drug seeker and really hate taking them I have small children and dont feel like I should be “doped” up around them and thats the only thing the doctor will do for me shes wants me to see a back specialist but that can take up to 3 weeks just for the referale to got though . Please help

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      1. cmnacnud Post author

        Damage internally can have an effect on the nervous system or spine. These responses are called viscerosomatic and somatovisceral. It is not likely that the ultrasound caused your pain, but it is possible.

    1. cmnacnud Post author

      I cannot diagnose you from a post online, but yes a chiropractor would be a good place to start for pain like you describe. The medication you listed is not for fixing a problem, but for masking symptoms, and so taking them does nothing more than allow you to not feel the pain while your body takes the time to heal. It may or may not be able to do that. Sometimes something is blocking the natural healing that your body does. A chiropractor should be able to help your body in that process. If there is something more urgently life threatening then your MD would likely have caught it because they are great at catching the life threatening stuff, and providing emergency care. Your question indicates that your MD didn’t find anything, but that you still want help, so, yes please see a local chiropractor. If he does find something that is beyond his scope of practice then he should at least know where to refer you for further help.

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      1. Meagan

        Thank you .. I went to the ER today and they did a CT scan found nothing internally so Im going to find a chiropractor in the area … let just say I would rather be in hard labor than this any day! lol

  22. Kylie D.

    I have started having an extremly sharp pain in my back, below my right shoulder blade. Theres a constant throbbing and when I breathe, stretch, or bend in anyway, I have a very sharp pain. Theres no swelling or redness. I have also had a bad headache that has been coming and going since the pain started. A few days before any of this started I slipped on some ice and fell flat onto my back. Thankfully, there wasnt any brusing or anything of that short, and the only injury I got was a smarted elbow. But now I am worried. Do you think I should see a doctor? Maybe my ribs effected?

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  23. Sessy Gasson-Loba

    I have been diagnosed with transitional S5-L1 on my left side, recently i have been having terrible SHARP pain on my left side. The pain is worse when taking a deep breath or trying to lean forward or sit or simply walk. As soon as i painfully lay down the pain goes away and l’m able to breath with no pain. any Ideas!

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      Sessy, I’m sorry to hear that you are in pain. A transitional segment is really just 2 bones of the spine trying to grow into one another. Once they are fused completely there is no more motion at that joint and generally no pain from it. However all the other joints around the area have to move extra to compensate for the now missing joint. Those joints may be causing pain due to the overuse strain. If your transitional segment from your lumbar to your sacrum are not yet fused completely then it is normal for there to be pain due to the proximity of the joint. Either way the best treatment is going to be to make sure that your movement is protected and proper. You can protect the movement with proper posture and muscle strengthening, and chiropractic adjustments/manipulation will help to train your joints to proper motion/function. To summarize exercise and chiropractic care will be the best thing for you, but with a condition such as yours you are predisposed to injury or pain in that area. Medical treatments would consist of just managing that pain with pain medication or steroid injections at the site. I hope that provided some insight.

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      1. Sessy Gasson-Loba

        Thank you very much. My vertebrae are completely fused and i have what seems to be sciatic nerve pain. I exercise regularly but have noticed that i seem to fall quite often. I was told that my muscles are working extra hard to keep me balanced and that losing my balance was normal.

  24. Anais Reyes

    Hi, I think I injured myself while exercising, all of a sudden my upper back rib started to hurt & its a ” stabbing ” feeling. Hurts when I inhale & it just felt a spasm, Its starting to burn. Dont need to breathe deep either its pretty painful :0 BUT before ive had moments when I wake up at night cause I felt like something wa crawling up my spine & it hurt so bad I couldnt move, then I couldn’t breathe cause it hurt. What do you think it could be.?

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      I can’t diagnose you over the internet, but It sounds very much like it could be a rib dysfunction from a sudden unguarded motion. It may likely resolve in a day or two, but will be that bad until then and then will probably nag for a week or two. If you go see your chiropractor they can probably help resolve it more quickly and completely. Good luck. Sorry to hear that you are in pain.

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  25. Derek Sprowl

    Hello, I have been having a pain when I breathe that feels like its coming from my right lung and a lot of my mid-back region. What do you think that could be?

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      If you feel like it is coming from your lung then the first thing to rule out is respiratory issues. A chiropractor is trained to find these and if he feels comfortable then he will. If he suspects Pneumonia or Pleurisy or something like that he will refer you to your medical provider or the ER depending on the need. It sounds like you may just have a rib dysfunction though. If that is the case your local chiropractor should be able to take care of it for you. If you have read this post then you already know my recommendations on this topic. Good luck.

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  26. Laureen

    Half asleep I fell off my bed head down hitting the floor with the back of my neck and tumbled over backwards.(my back is on floor) Took a while to get up off the floor and straighten up – took a couple of panadol and tried to get back to sleep. My chest and my back are so sore now my neck seems to be alright. To take a deep breath hurts and kills when I sneeze. Will this go away by itself , or will I need to see someone about it.
    (Tonight I will tie myself up to my bed)

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      You were probably pretty loose and limited damage, but anytime you have a trauma like that it is a good idea to get checked out. It is very likely that the pain will go away on it’s own. Our current medical model only treats you when you have symptoms such as pain, but you may have done damage that may not hurt now but lead to dysfunction in the future. If you address it now it may only take a treatment or two. If you wait it may take months of care to reverse. I highly recommend you visit your local chiropractor for a quick assessment.

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  27. Alex

    Hi, I’m Alex, I already went to my Doctor and examined my upper left side back pain. The doctor do physical check and i undergo xray. My Xray results are normal. But the problem is i feel pain when i inhale or exhale. As much as i can describe the is, it feels like cramping on the left side portion. And one thing that makes me wondering was i have fever. If my Xray result is normal so it means i have no pneumonia or pleurisy which is viral? So howcome i got fever? I don’t think muscle pain causes fever. Pls help, i’m really confused here. I wana enjoy my life i’m 31 years old. Thanks :)

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      Alex, did you go to your chiropractor? Fever can be caused by more than just viruses, but you are right musculoskeletal complaints don’t often cause a fever. It is possible however to have a broken arm and a cold at the same time. In the same way your chest pain, if infection has been ruled out may very well a chiropractic issue. A fever should always be monitored, but does not usually mean any medical intervention is needed. For my comments on fevers please see here: https://chirotalk.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/fevers/
      I recommend you visit your chiropractor for the back pain and keep an eye on that fever for a few days.

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      1. Alex

        Thank you so much for the advice :) I haven’t yet tried a chiropractor. I really want to schedule one of these days. Yes i will keep an eye on my fever. it goes on and off for 4 days until now. I have to find out what causes it. By the way, thanks for the fever hyperlink. It gives me new ideas about fevers.

  28. Jade Collier

    i was in dance and we wwere rehersing a dance. my back all of a sudden started to hurt it hurts when i breath in and its in the middle of my back to the right. it hurts when i bend forward. im 14 years old. so yeah idk what it is

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  29. tashun

    I am 27 years old and i wake up with a sharp pain in the center of my back when i inhale deeply and it feels like it under my spine massaging it does nothing all i can do is keepin inhalind deeply to to lessen the pain until it goes away. I have been dealing with this problem for years and dont kno what it is. The pain isnt anywhere else on my body and only occurs from me laying down cant somebody please tell me what this is caused by or comes from?

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      It may very well be a rib. I don’t know what exams you’ve gone through, but I highly recommend that you be seen by a provider to have some done. I can’t diagnose you over the internet. Please contact your local chiropractor.

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  30. MARIA

    i have a 3 yr old son one night while sleeping i tried moving him of me to the other side of the bed and he cracked when we awoke the next morning his chest was twist and there is a visible curve in his chest he also started to cough at nights when asleep his body is curved to that side and it looks abnormal but he doesnt seem to be in pain he plays and eats fine but his perfect structure is not perfect anymore id like advise on what i should do about it

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    1. cmnacnud Post author

      Maria, I hope that your son is ok. Children are usually very resilient when it comes to these kind of things. As long as he is playing normally he will likely get all of the motion/exercise that he needs to recover. As a general rule noises like cracking knuckles are not a problem. If you feel that he is out of alignment then you should take him to see a chiropractor to have him do an exam. Good luck.

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