Hello everyone, my name is Ryan. I am 30 years old and about two years ago I began having back pain in my upper back along with muscle tightness/knots on both sides of my spine. My back constantly feels tight and cracking it relieves tightness for roughly 30 seconds to 1 minute. I crack my back over 80 times per day. Over the last 6 months my arms have felt weaker than usual (although I am able to lift with them, they just feel weak). And more recently (3 months) I have been having difficulty breathing/wheezing/get winded very easily. I can no longer exercise because I can't catch my breath.
I have been to my Gp countless times and he doesn't know what to do. I have taken numerous naproxen type drugs (4 alleve per day) but they no longer work. The only thing that has been working is prednisone (a cortisol steroid) which helps a lot but is unsafe long term. The doctor told me my labored breathing sounded like a lot of chest and back inflammation. I have had x rays which look normal.
Are there any things I can do to relieve this tightness and pain in my back? Alternatively has anyone's back pain led to breathing problems? Would massage work? Would chiropractor?
I do not have health insurance and I am trying to avoid getting an MRI/see a specialist because it will get expensive. The breathing troubles have really been concerning me though (I have tried two inhalers and they don't work, only the steroid).
Thanks for any help or suggestions