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inability to take a deep breath

It feels like I can't take a deep breath and when I try my mid back gets really tight and it feels like it stops. My ribs also feel really tight. I went to er they did a chest and abdominal xray which was normal, they did an ekg which was normal, they did blood work which was normal and also a blood test to rule out a blood clot which was normal. I also had a spirometry test which was normal and an amdominal ultrasound which was normal. My oxygen level was 98 to 100% on finger test. My primary doctor has now said it maybe pleurisy and told me to take 800 mg. ibuprofen for 2 weeks. Can it be caused from back spasms because my back is really tight? Or is something else wrong? Could it be my heart? It also feels tight in my diaphragm when trying to take a deep breath.
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The symptoms of pleurisy are chest pain and difficulty breathing. The chest pain usually starts suddenly. People often describe it as a stabbing pain and it usually gets worse with breathing. The pain:

    * May always be present, but it usually gets worse when you breathe in. You may avoid breathing deeply to prevent the pain.
    * Usually is on only one side of the chest.
    * May extend to a shoulder or the belly.
    * Is usually worse when you cough, sneeze, or suddenly move.
    * May ease when you hold your breath or press on the painful area.

Follow your doctor's orders and see if it improves. And come back and let us know how everything turns out if you would.
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I absolutely have these same symptoms that seemed to appear right after my gallbladder surgery. It flares up every month or so for a few days and ibuprofen is the only thing that helps. It’s a horrible thing to live with.
Welcome to the forum slim76.  This is an older post and we are happy to try to help you.  How long has this situation been going on?
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In 2003 I ended up in the ER at the local hospital with stabbing pains in my chest and left shoulder.  The pain was much worse when I laid down.  Of course everyone suspected a heart attack.  However, every test they gave me, including a topigraphical, layer by layer, MRI showed no damage to the heart.

The cardioligist made a generic diagnosis of a "muscular/skeletal inflamation" and prescribed anti-inflamatory steroids.  It didn't help.  I had a follow-up exam at the Vetran's Hospital where I usually go for health problems.  They did x-rays and an ultrasound and couldn't find anything wrong either and diagnosed pleurisy.  They prescribed anti-inflamatory meds.  Nothing helped.

I found on my own, by reading a book by Dr. Hulda Clark named The Cure For All Diseases that every symptom I had indicated gallstones.  She described a method of removing gallstones without surgery, called a liver cleanse.  It could be done safely at home just using common household items.  

I was very skeptical but decided to try it as the doctors (five in all) hadn't helped me.  I was astounded at the results.  I passed over a hundred gallstones at the first cleanse and my symptons began to clear up.  I continued doing ceanses every two weeks for six months, removing several hundreds more gallstones.  According to Dr. Clark the gallstones do not show up on x-rays or ultrasound untill they are calcified and hard.  Mine were all soft except one, which made a slight shadow on one x-ray.

I'd suggest getting a copy of that book.  Amazon.com would have them.
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I had the same problem.  I mixed lemons (with peels) and garlic in a blender, added water and then drank a cup each day.  My breathing is back to normal after a few days. Also, the hoarseness I had has disappeared.  My lungs feel really clear.
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How long have you had symptoms?

Feel free to PM me.
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