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Shortness of breath due to spine issues

Has anyone had shortness of breath due to back issues? I have a number of spinal problems,spurs, stenosis, bulging discs, and scoliosis. Had a MRI 3 yrs ago and am sure these conditions are worse now. Have had cort. injections which helped. I'm going to my PCP next week to rule out other issues and would like any additional info to provide my Dr. about the possibilities of my spine causing the shortness of breath.

linda clark


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  • patrain17ppatrain17 Ottawa area, CanadaPosts: 103
    I had brainstem compression and important Stenosis at the c1-c2 level and breathing difficulties was one of the symptom which I didn't blame on my condition, but was caused by it. My surgeon confirmed it after my second surgery. He told me that my breathing functions were impaired by my condition. He couldn't believe how I was able to live like that for so long. I remember feeling like there was so much more air going in my lungs after the surgery. It felt like it was too much.
  • Shortness of breath can be caused by a lot of things including some painkillers that can effect your respiratory system. Thoracic damage can also effect your breathing. If you give more information on what damage you have and what you are taking - it makes it easier to get an answer. I looked up your med history and there is nothing there. You need to give detailed information before anyone can comment.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,832
    Since my wife is a Respiratory Therapist, Pulmonary Rehab Coordinator and Registered Nurse, I have to go ask if you were a smoker.
    I have not heard of anyone with a back problem having shortness of breath. It can happen if someone takes too many narcotics within a time period. That is one of the warning on all narcotic pills, potential shortness of breath.

    Put that aside, when the pain is high, you breathing is out of whack, so, that could result in some shortness of breath.

    Is it like you just ran a 10 mile race and are at the finish line?
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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