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Hopefully someone can help. About a year and a half ago I lifted a heavy box over my head and put it down towards the front on the floor. My back felt very stiff after this. Ever since then I have had trouble catching my breath. I find it hard to take a deep breath. I have tried doctors, physio, massage & chriopractor with no help or real answer. I don't know what is wrong with me. It seems aggrivated by the use of my right arm, which is the side where I have the trouble. I do not have any weakness in my arm. Once in a while I will get a throbbing spot in my back next to my spine, around the bra-strap area. Recently when my back started acting up again my right thumb started twitching randomly off and on for a few days. Pain pills hardly work, sinutab for some reason can sometimes take some of the swelling out, and I also get some minor relief from asorbine jr (Maybe 20 Min of relief). I can't work, I can't go out without taking medicine and I can't exercise anymore. Doctors refuse to send me to a specialist, saying it is in my head. I have had xrays, and an ultrasound but they can't see anything. For some reason the pain/breathing problems are also connected to an injury I got from exercising at the bottom of my tailbone, a muscle on the right gets sore from sitting too long or in a bad position, and then the breathing problems start.
Hope someone has an answer.
Thanks so much.
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replied July 8th, 2011
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I have this problem too. Interesting that it started when lifting something overhead.

"Once in a while I will get a throbbing spot in my back next to my spine, around the bra-strap area."

This is around your T8 / T9 area I an guessing. To open up this area you are supposed to sit cross-legged and put the palms of your hands together right over your head.

I've recently had pretty amazing help by opening up the T11-L2 area. To do this:
1) I face a wall.
2) Extend arms in front of me with arms parallel to each other.
3) Lift arms up overhead as far as I can.
4) Press arms into the wall with thumbs pointing away from the wall. It's like doing ab work with an ab roller (if you have heard of such a device).
5) Hold for at least 60 seconds, feeling it in the upper abs and dropping the shoulder blades down.

"a muscle on the right gets sore from sitting too long or in a bad position, and then the breathing problems start."

Could be a tight psoas muscle. This can compress your ribcage. You can stretch it by doing the kneeling lunge stretch.

Good Luck
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