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Old 12-12-2005, 02:40 PM   #1
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Upper back/rib pain when breathing in

[B]Everytime[/B] I take a breathe, I get a sharp pain in my upper back, it feels as though a rib/s is caught or something. I take very shallow breathes to avoid the pain but its only getting worse. I have been to the doctor several time, with no luck. They don't know whats causing it, and they don't want to take the time to try to figure it out. Also, many times when I breath in my ribs and spine pop... , I also have lumps in the back of my neck, but my doc said it wasn't related to my pain( he didn't even look or feel the lumps) I am getting so frustrated, becuase I am contantly in severe pain, and there doesn't seem to be any answers... if anyone has experiacned what I am please help me!!!! I am getting the end of my rope..

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Old 12-12-2005, 04:32 PM   #2
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Re: Upper back/rib pain when breathing in

Welcome to the back problems board. I'm sorry you are having trouble. If I were you I would find a good spine specialist. You should have an MRI done of your thoracic and cervical spine. I have several compression fractures and I have had sever pain when I breath. Although I do get some pain in my back I think the majority of the pain is felt in my ribs. If I didn't know better I would think that my ribs are broke.
Have you been in any accidents? If you don't mind me asking- what is your sex and age?


Old 12-13-2005, 11:03 AM   #3
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Re: Upper back/rib pain when breathing in

I have the same feeling of being unable to breathe because of pain. I have a heavy feeling in my chest and through my collar bones, too - I also had compression fractures in my T-1,2,3 and C-6,7. I assume this is what is causing your pain. Also, a couple of years ago I went to the doctor and I would have placed money that I had broken my collar bone, but it ended up being that my rib was dislocated. Definitely make sure that they do a thorough examination, and keep on them. Remember you are one of many to a doctor, and you need to keep pressing for your needs.

Good luck, and I truly hope that you get this figured out!!
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Old 12-14-2005, 07:36 AM   #4
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Re: Upper back/rib pain when breathing in

The lumps may be due to a lympoma (sp?)... also known as a "fatty tumor". You can do some more web research on them, but they are usually benign lumps of fat that reside under the skin and sometimes under the muscle. Many dogs and cats have them as they get older, too (not just people). I had a coworker with 2 of these and they did surgery to remove one of them because it was growing bigger and restricting neck movement. Good luck!

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