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Hi, new member with strange breathingproblems


My name is Diana, I am 46. 3 years ago I was suffered some doctor's gross malpractice and among other things, they caused me a cervical herniated disc. I was disgnosed via MRI and was seen by a doctor who wanted to push the surgery. The doctor basically scared me into having a surgery which I refused. He basically said that PT was useless and sent me home with an exercise sheet. I did my exercises religiously and recovered quite well (that is, I was almost pain free) until I fell about 3 months ago.

Since I re-injured myself I developed some strange breathing problems that some doctors say it's related to the spine issues and some say they are not (but are clueless either way). I had a new MRI which shows some calcificationl the development of a bone spur and some loss of curvature. I changed spine doctors and the new one sent me to physical therapy.

I will start physical therapy next Monday, but to be honest, in terms of pain I feel great. Right now my biggest problem is breathing. My breathing problem feels like as if I had an obstruction in the thrachea (just in the lower part of the neck). I find it harder to exhale (as if I was exhaling through a straw) and nights are really bad. (The airway gets more obstructed and it makes some horrible gurgling sounds that wake me up). My lungs are clear, my throat is clear, everything in the throat above the voicebox is perfect (I had a scope). My reflux is completely under control and an MRI showed no tumor in the airway. I've been given massive doses of inhaled steroids, digestive enzymes, muscle relaxants, allergy medicine, every NSAID under the sun. I have refused to take oral steroids, but I may end up trying that. And the only thing that makes a difference is a massive dose of advil a couple of hours prior to bed.

I am really desperate. I don't think I'll have the patience to wait the 3-4 months of PT it takes to start seeing results. THough it kind of makes sense that it could be related to the spine (especially since it started the day I re-injured myself and it is in exactly the same level) I have never heard of anyone having these kinds of symptoms from cervical spine issues.

I hope I can get some answers and support here. I will try to educate myself in this problem and hopefully help others.

Thansk for reading



  • Hmm very strange, Such breathing issue i would think would be something else, they need to look further in to things before doing surgery if by some chance spine might have nothing to do with it,
    Or why not simply do injection on that level and see if that level has anything to do with it or not,
    Maybe injection can confirm or rule it out !

    Thats all that comes to mind here,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry you are having some difficult problems.. please have a look around and make yourself at home!! perhaps you will find some answers here!! good luck with your pain problems!! stop by anytime! Jenny
  • oceloteoocelote Posts: 3
    edited 09/23/2012 - 9:44 AM
    Thank you for your replies. Alex, what injection are you referring to? For a scan?
  • Posibly nerve block injection or steroid injections to get rid of inflammation is very common injection,
    Might be worth asking your dr about it, Pain specialists here usualy do these injections to rule out causes and that helps other dr,s by there findings decide what is and what is not the cause,

    I dont see how it would hurt to rule it out if it realy is a spine issue or not, Talk with your dr about it,
    Just tell him Alex sent ya, Oh wait might be a bad idea, Dont mention my name, He will use the biger needle if he knows i sent ya,

    Good luck, let us know what hapenes,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • charryccharry Posts: 5,657
    edited 09/23/2012 - 10:53 AM
    alexhurting said:

    Just tell him Alex sent ya, Oh wait might be a bad idea, Dont mention my name, He will use the biger needle if he knows i sent ya, LOL LOL

    Good luck, let us know what hapenes,
    Hi Diana, I agree with Alex maybe seeing a Pain Management Dr. would help but it's true Drs usually order Physiotherapy first. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I hope you find some answers here. A lot of great people and tons of information. I agree with Alex and Charry, everything needs to he tried and ruled out before surgery. Maybe the breathing problems is a separate issue that started at the same time you re-injured yourself, cause you injured something about your breathing at the same time? Ribs? Infection?
    Just guessing. Pain management clinic might be able to help you and injections, (joint, epidural) might clear up inflammation if its disc or joint related.

    Best of luck, let us know how you do.
    Cause: car accident & genetics
    Effect: herniations C4-7, stenosis, osteoarthritis, myelopathy, neuropathy
    Non-invasive Treatment: everything under the sun
    Invasive Treatment: 2 level ACDF, C5 & C6, May 2012
    Moving Forward: SCS
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