Re: Please Help! Back injury still bad after 10+ months - short of breath!
Steftravels, I had pain similar to yours but happened to my left side. 2 years ago, I had a tearing pain inside my chest which gave me a sensation of electric shock over my entire back. Since then, I started to have some numbness at my T5. It is very sensitive to the rubbing of fabric. Lately I actually found that my left back muscle is very stiff, and from T5 to the second last rib in my left rib case actually has a piece of muscle that seemed puffy. When pressing on it, I actually felt some ropey muscles inside. Over 2 years, I went to see numerous GPs, and got all sorts of diagnoses like chest x-ray, chest ct scan and mri on spine. All came back negative. I also got barium swallow x-ray which showed that I had hiatal hernia. However, endoscopy showed that I had no GERD or even hiatal hernia. This further confused me. I did not have heartburn or burning pain in my throat. At first, I was anxious and stressful. I also did a ton of research on my issue, but I found that the more I read, the more I felt the stress. At the end, all was left are just frustration. Many GPs or ER doctors think that I must be worrying and anxious. I told them I had been there before but now all are left are just frustration. Anyways, I digressed. I did also see a chiropractor who fixed up my spine, an acupuncturist and a physiotherapist. Nothing helped. At the end, a back pain specialist from Hong Kong actually told me that the source of my back pain is actually in my diaphragm. (I mentioned I had a tearing pain inside my chest above) so it seemed to be really related. 4 weeks ago, I started to develop dry cough, breathlessness, sometimes heart palpitation, and pain continued to spread over horizontally in my back. I had tried to ask those GPs if there is any ways to check for any diaphragmatic injuries, but all said that no technologies can show it. One GP said that the only way is exploratory laparotomy, but there might not be any findngs. Other GPs just ran out of ideas and told me I had to live with this for the rest of my life. I am quite disappointed. At the end, I started to look into other alternative such as deep muscle massage therapy and Chinese medicine. Deep muscle massage therapy seemed to help a little but I found that many of those tight muscles I had, I failed to find the trigger points. The worst thing I found is that diaphragm does not have any trigger points. Sigh. So I moved onto learn more about Chinese medicine. Last night, I came across a Chinese website which talked about injury treated by Chinese medicine. It appeared that when a person has a trauma on the rib cage, even though on the outside of the rib cage the injured area appeared to be recovered, there may still be some blood accumulated in the deeper layer of your muscle at the injured site in his rib cage. Over the time, his muscle will continue to stiffen up. Symptoms such as coughing and breathlessness may start to appear. That site did offer some idea how to treat this. It is basically a combination of acupressure, chinese medicine, acupunture, bloodletting and some physiotherapy. Since I have never tried these myself and I am in fact no experts in any of these areas, I do not really know if what the website said does really work.