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Train extensively, got breathing difficulty, back pain on deep breathing. Muscle spasm or something more serious?

I train extensively so am use to minor muscle pulls, tweaks, etc. I had a kickboxing session yesterday evening and it went as usual with no painful impact to any area. I slept well, but once waking up and officially coming to my senses I realized I was short of breath. However, I wasn t short of breath like asthma or as if I just finished working out, I simply couldn t take deep breaths because of the pain it was causing my back. It s been about 14 hours now and has only become worse. Deep breaths, coughing, sneezing , etc. are causing severe back pain . My pain threshold is pretty high considering I train in Mix Martial Arts and compete regularly. With so much on the internet I m just concerned it could be anything as simple as a muscle spasm triggered by the breathing or just coincidental and be more serious like pneumonia or PE, etc.
Asked On : Wed, 24 Oct 2012
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Since the pain is associated with deep breathing and there is no history of injury in the area, lung causes like pneumonia and pulmonary embolism need to be ruled out after proper investigations.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal
Answered: Thu, 25 Oct 2012
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