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Trouble with feeling like my chest is being crushed

Hi all I need to ask you if you guys go through this. I have horrible Thoracic pain that it feels like it is crushing my chest and I feel like I cannot breath. I have to lay down and just concentrate on breathing to relieve the pain when the crushing starts.  I saw a specialist about this last week. We did an MRI I have some herniated discs but he thinks it is come from all the neck surgeries I have had. So we are doing further testing. Have any of you had this? If so what was the answer for you? I am desperate I cannot life like this all the time. 

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  • Hi @hisbeauty4ashes, I am going through the same sh#t at the moment. I have many issues with all my spine levels . I am also struggling with the thoracic, it too grabs , pulls, pinches, but when it feels like a belt is pulled tighter and tighter and to breath in causes really bad stabbing pain that stops what breath you can get in. But I am lucky that I am seeing a fantastic osteopath every two weeks. I am lucky enough to have his mobile number and he will open up for me if I need a fit in appointment too. He can’t fix my issues he has told me that but he does relieve them greatly. And a little relief goes a long way. I have been seeing him for a year now and I have not had to go to the ER for migraine treatment since . I was seeing a physiotherapist for 8 years prior. I still occasionally see a chiropractor who knows his stuff, he is the only one can ease the lumbar spine when it gives out and is the first one so say he can not manipulate my spine. But they do more than just crack lol lol. I wish you relief soon. Good luck on finding some treatment that helps. Harpy

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 12,890

    Thoracic disc problems can create the most uncomfortable and painful situations.  For years, it was always thought that you really could not herniate a thoracic disc and if you did it wouldnt be too painful.  Most of that was based on the fact that the thoracic discs are connected to your rib cage, therefore being the strongest.

    Well, anyone who is dealing with thoracic pain knows the truth.  I have 4 herniated thoracic discs, been like this since 2006.  Without going into details about that, I did have a problem at one time where I though I was having a heart attack.   Extreme tightness and pressure on my chest, trouble breathing , etc.  We did go to the ER, I was admitted overnight for observation, but no indication of a heart situation.

    Months later while in physical therapy, I was telling my therapist about that chest pain.  She then pressed her finger on my chest and immediately I had that same pain I experienced before.  She said it was what many therapists consider the T4 syndrome.  Not all doctors adhere to that, but I found relief that specific physical therapy and months of deep/soft tissue massage.

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • jackiek29jjackiek29 Columbus,OHPosts: 18
    edited 01/07/2019 - 10:33 PM

    I felt as if I was wearing corset that was constantly being tightened.  I had a laminectomy, discectomy and a fusion t-6 to t-8 in Oct 2016.  Sometimes I still feel the tightening along the side of my ribs, but not all of the time.  

  • Yes it is no fun. When I was the doctor in San Diego He said it was coming from my neck. I was taken back by that statement because it hurts in my Tsoine and pushes to the from and squeezes all the time. Well this week the right side of my neck feels like it is popping in and out and it is not only painful but I have these weird sensations go down my back like tingling ect. I just had a neck fusion last April. Sooo not sure what the heck it going on, I just know I cannot live like this.

  • MikethepikeMMikethepike MIchiganPosts: 564

    Ron what was the specific physical therapy ? And does any massage person usually know how to do deep/soft tissue massage ?

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 12,890

    Mike, the pure true deep/soft tissue massage is a skill. The best at that have been doing it for years.  My guy, was trained in Thailand and has over 30 years experience doing that.   While almost any massage therapist can say they do deep/soft tissue massage, but there are not that many that do it correctly

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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