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Chest pain while bending backbone & head and breathing. What could cause so?

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Dear Doctor, I have been getting this chest pain for about 5 weeks. Especially when I do the following: 1. When I bend my head and look at my feet straight and breathe 2. When I stretch my hand and bend my backbone and stomach forward. 3. When I breathe deeply with lungs.
Posted Fri, 20 Apr 2012 in Lung and Chest disorders
Answered by Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar 19 hours later

The symptoms you have mentioned are more in the favor of a respiratory disease, therefore the following queries are necessary to find out and to rule out injuries to the rib cage;

1. Have you had any injury to your chest recently ?
2. Did you lift any heavy weight?

If the answers of the above questions is 'NO'
then you should consult a Pulmonologist who is a specialist in respiratory disease .

If you have any other queries on this write back to me. I will be available to answer your follow up queries.

Take care

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Follow-up: Chest pain while bending backbone & head and breathing. What could cause so? 1 hour later

I have not had any chest injury prior to the onset of the discomfort, however i do lift heavy material in my line of work. (Fish store sales management)

I am very active all day, five days a week, during which i assume a wide variety of different body postures including, bending, stretching, kneeling.

My doctor advises me to stretch the chest area a lot, but i already do that almost constantly in my line of work, and it does not seem to help, and i try not to, really .
If i stretch myself all the way, the sharp stabbing pain underneath my breast bone nearly brings me to my knees.

Answered by Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar 16 hours later

Thank you for the answers.

With various movements during the work you could have strained a muscle in the rib cage. Intercostal muscles are chief muscle group during breathing thus causing pain during breath.

In such case, you require a good pain killer to manage the pain. You can take over the counter analgesics like IBUPROFEN (upto 400mg) or ACETAMINOPHEN (650mg). You also can use Liniments like TIGER BALM and hot water bags. If these are used and not helping, then you need better pain killer in the form of a prescription from your primary physician.

If the stretching brings in more pain, it is not a good idea to continue it.

Hope this helps.

DISCLAIMER : This advice is based upon history as provided by the patient as there is no Physician – Patient relationship established. The patient has not been examined per se. The advice is not valid for medico-legal purposes. Please see a local doctor before acting upon the advice.

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