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Chest and abdomen tightness

Hi there,
Brand new here. Unsure if this is related, but I've had back pain for over a decade- I've always thought it was just a stubborn knot under my right shoulder blade.
Anyway, about 2 years ago, I started having what I can only describe as severe chest tightness in my right breast.  I felt like I couldn't breathe- like someone had taken a needle and thread and stitched my chest to my back so that it couldn't expand. The doctor thought it was anxiety- I definitely have anxiety, but have seen a therapist and am sure that it is not anxiety. Anxiety may have been a result but not the cause.
It has gotten better little by little. I am now at the point where I can breathe deeply if i focus on it. It is not excruciating like it was, but it still bothers me. All the muscles under my right shoulder blade, wrapped around on my rib cage/on the side, and around my breast are a dull ache.
About a year ago, I started waking up early because my lower abdomen felt like it was cramping, and it hurts when I breathe in. It really only happens in the mornings (and sometimes when I'm running).
My boyfriend says the muscles in the right side of my back feel bunched up and lumpy. The doctor thinks severe scar tissue and we've been trying to break it up through massage, but the pain keeps coming back. The massage helps but only temporarily.
I am wondering if I could have a bulging or herniated thoracic disc. 
Any ideas?


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,270
    I responded to you on your other thread.  
    Duplicate posts can become confusing to members wanting to respond.
    Thank you!
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

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