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    Very tight back and diffuclty breathing
    jdavis44 posted:
    My symptoms have been all over the place lately and I'm not sure what to make of them. So I'll just list everything off. I appreciate any input.

    I've become increasingly aware that my back is very, very tight. Breathing has also been difficult. My breath is very shallow and now and then I'll feel a need to yawn to get a good breath. Jaw tension and tightness has been present too, I'm guessing as a result of trying to gasp air in. I've been doing some yoga that will help my back some, but breathing naturally still doesn't come easy.

    There has also been a tight, pulling pain in my lower right side. It flares up the most when I work out (which I've been avoiding lately). I can rub my right rib cage in a certain spot and will feel the tightness in my lower abdomen region.

    Is any of this related? I thought it would heal on its own but it seems to come back frequently.
    davedsel responded:

    Please read through the Tip at the top of this WebMD Back Pain Community that lists the steps for getting back pain diagnosed and treated.

    We are lay people who have more experience with back pain than we would like. No doctor replies to these posts. It is both impossible and against the rules in all WebMD communities to provide any type of diagnosis or medical advice.

    You will need to see a doctor for evaluation and treatment.

    I pray you can get treatment and relief soon.
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    MaryBee responded:
    I can relate to the tightness and shallow breathing. I am new here. I have arthritis in my spine , fibromyalgia , neuropathy, both in my arms and legs. When I try to sleep on my back or lay on my back should I say for a few hours 1-2. I wake and can't take a full breath due to excessive pain all around my chest and back. My entire rib cage. I have to breath shallow for hours till my medicine kicks in. I am on lyrica for the neuropathy and fentanyl patch to help with pain you will be in my prayers. GOD Bless
    davedsel replied to MaryBee's response:
    Welcome, MaryBee!

    All the same for me. I fully understand these symptoms as I have managed them for over 35 years.

    Hope to see more posts from you.
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