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Can't breathe!

I've searched everywhere online and have not heard of anyone else having this same problem! I have pain in my lower back, specifically my left side just above where my pants line would be. I've had an x-ray, with no answers, and am due for an MRI later this week. The problem started almost a year ago and has become progressively worse.

When I first get up from laying down, even if only for an hour, I can't stand verticial on my own power. I have to bend over supporting my upper body with my arms and use them to lift myself up straight. It is very painful still, and I can feel tightness and pain all through my lower back. I need to use something like a table to prop myself up for long periods of time, slowly going from hunched over to straight.

 At this point I still need support to stand, because when I don't have it I'm unable to take a breath in. I have to hobble around, while unable to breathe, until I can use something to take the weight off my upper body again and take a breath, with lots of pain to go with it all. This can last for a half hour, or several hours, before it loosens up enough to take a breath on my own while standing, while not having any support for my upper body. Everywhere I look I can find no one else being unable to breathe due to a lower back injury, or anything that progressively gets better through use, until I rest

After activity, Depending on how active I was, I can end up either with severe spasms or just back to where I started. This is another thing that confuses me as after pushing through a ton of pain I can have a few hours of semi normal moving around. I still can't really bend down, or lift anything heavy, but I can at least breathe and walk. Has anyone ever experienced this? 



  • Hello, I realize this was almost a year ago but I have been searching every where online for symptoms that I have been experiencing for a few weeks. I do know I need to go see my Dr again but what you are explaining is pretty similar to what I am experiencing. I had an X-ray the 2nd time this happened that showed nothing wrong.  If I bend over or if I am sitting in a certain position or chair and go to stand up I can barely move. I have to pull myself in a hunched position from surface to surface because the pain is unbearable in the middle of my lower back. I cannot breath unless I can maneuver myself to take the weight off my back and even then taking deep breaths is near impossible. this will last for a few minutes if I am lucky to hours before going away. I was curious if you have found out what the cause was for you and if you found anything that helped you during this time. I apologize if I am all over the place. I am very frustrated. I am only 40 years old. I have had no real significant Injury that would cause this and I am currently going through one of these spasms right now and was trying to find anything I can and yours was the only one mentioning not able to breath. 

  • LizLiz Posts: 9,765

    This is an old discussion created by a member no longer on the forum so I have to close it. If they return we can reopen the discussion.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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