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Have you ever had an exacerbation from having your ribs and back out of place?

So currently recovering from an ER visit after an exacerbation and had a band of tightness across the sternum area of my chest. So it got me thinking that maybe what brought it on is I lifted too much and I think I pulled a rib. Also my back is sore so it maybe out of place. Thank goodness from X-rays I know nothing is broken. I was wondering if anybody else has had experience with this happening with an injury like this?

  1. I am sorry to hear you had to go to the ER recently. Just had this happen a few days ago and I have this happen often, . I am plugging away at my day and I twist and pick up something weighty, or I am exercising to remain fit, yoga, Tai Chi, or Qi gong, and I pull a muscle near my ribs while twisting and turning. Feels like my rib is out of place and poking into a lung. Totally painful to even take a breath as it "bands" all around my chest. It takes a couple of days to ease up but I know it will end if I use muscle relaxers and pain relievers. It is scary because I also have a rod in my mid back (thoracic area) and causing pain near this area makes it hard to catch my breath. Has it been easing up for you a bit? Are you back to breathing normally or is it still feeling tight and sore? Wishing you relief soon. Rebecca (comm advc)

    1. Yes doing better now. Was just surprised that an injury could bring on an exacerbation. It makes sense to me because it applies pressure. In the past it's always been an environmental Factor or allergic reaction that's triggered it.

  2. My pulmonologist referred me to a DO who is trained to do manipulation. I've been seeing him once a month for the last 15 years. He manipulates my whole body so that breathing is easier once I am aligned. I also have a massage once a month and acupuncture 2x a month. This regimen helps me deal with all my autoimmune issues. I find alternative treatments are beneficial since my medication list is tiny as to what my body accepts.

    1. thank you I'm going to check it out.

    2. Hi again, Eric - thanks for letting me know. I think you will find the information is beneficial to read.
      Have a great weekend!
      Leon (site moderator asthma.net)

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