Back pain when I breathe: What to do? (tips)

back pain while breathing

When you have back pain, it can be difficult to breathe. You may feel like you are choking or have a weight on chest. This is a sign that you need to see a doctor immediately, as there may be a problem with your lungs or heart.

In this article, we'll cover the causes of back pain when breathing, and what you can do about it. relieve symptoms.

Spine anatomy: definition

The spine is a bone column (vertebrae) extending from the base of the skull to the pelvis. It supports the head, neck and trunk and protects the spinal cord. The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs through the spine and transmits signals between the brain and the rest of the body.

The vertebral column (or spine) is made up of three main regions:

Each region has a different number of vertebrae. The cervical spine has seven vertebrae, the thoracic spine twelve vertebrae and the lumbar spine five vertebrae.

The bones of the spine are connected by joints called facets. These joints allow the spine to move in different directions.

Discs are cushion-like structures that sit between the vertebrae. They act like shock absorbers and allow the spine to move freely.

The discs consist of a tough outer layer (the annulus fibrosis) and a gelatinous inner core (the nucleus pulposus).

If a disc is damaged, it can bulge or rupture. This can exercise pressure on the spinal cord or nerves, which can cause pain.

The spine is also surrounded by muscles, ligaments and tendons. These fabrics ensure the soutien and stability of the spine.

How do we breathe? Explanation of breathing

When we breathe, our chest rises and falls. This movement is created by the contraction and expansion of our diaphragm, a big muscle located between our stomach and our chest.

Le diaphragm contracts when we let's inspire, allowing air to enter our lungs. When we exhale, the diaphragm relaxes and air escapes from our lungs.

La breathing is a autonomous function, which means we don't have to think about it for it to happen. When we inhale, air enters our lungs and oxygen is released into our blood.

This oxygen-rich blood is then transported to our cells where it is used to produce ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy molecule that powers all of our cellular processes. Carbon dioxide, a byproduct of ATP production, is then carried back to our lungs where it is exhaled.

An average person performs between 12 and 20 breaths per minute. Breathing is essential to life and must be maintained for the body to function properly.

When we breathe correctly, we not only get the oxygen that our body needs, but we also contribute to remove toxins from our cells and to promote a healthy General.

Causes of back pain when breathing

There are many different causes of back pain (in middle back) during respiration. The most common cause is muscle strain. This can happen when you lift a heavy object or that you twist your back in a awkward position. Other causes include:

  • A herniated disc : A herniated disc occurs when the inner core of a disc ruptures through the outer layer. This can put pressure on the spinal cord or nerves and cause pain.
  • Osteoarthritis: Spinal osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that can lead to the breakdown of cartilage in the joints. When the cartilage breaks down, the bones rub against each other, causing pain and inflammation.
  • Spinal stenosis: La spinal stenosis is a condition that occurs when the spaces between the vertebrae narrow, putting pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. This can cause pain, numbness and weakness in the legs.
  • Compression fractures: Compression fractures occur when the vertebrae collapse due to weakening of the bones. This may be due to osteoporosis, cancer or other diseases that weaken the bones.

Back pain when breathing: When to worry?

In most cases, breathing is an involuntary process that happens without our even thinking about it. However, in some situations, our breathing can become labored or difficult. For instance :

  • Intense physical exercise,
  • High altitudes
  • And anxiety can all lead to shortness of breath.

In some cases, difficulty breathing may be a sign of a more serious problem, such as disease cardiac ou pulmonary.

Therefore, if you have difficulty breathing, it is important to consult a medical professional to rule out any underlying health issues.

In addition, a breathing superficial ou dysfunctional can also contribute to times de of . When we breathe shallowly, the muscles in our torso do not fully expand and contract. As a result, these muscles can weaken or contract over time.

This can lead to bad posture and an increased risk of back pain. The difficulties respiratory can also cause tension and anxiety headaches.

Back pain when breathing: What to do?

Back pain when breathing may be a sign of a serious underlying condition. It is essential to treat the cause of back pain. In some cases, simple home remedies may be enough to relieve the pain.

However, it is important to consult a doctor to eliminate the serious damage and direct the supported. THE back pain when breathing may be the sign of a certain number of different conditionss, ranging from a muscle strain to a heart attack.

What can I do to relieve my back pain?

Home remedies, such as ice and heat therapy, rest, and over-the-counter pain relievers, can be effective in treating mild cases of back pain.

However, it is important to see a doctor if the pain is severe, persists for more than a week, or is accompanied by other symptoms, such as fever or numbness. A healthcare professional can rule out serious conditions and help develop a plan for traitement individualized.

When you feel a back pain when breathing, the simplest activities can seem impossible. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to relieve back pain and start feeling better.

One approach is to try respiratory physio, which can help you improve your breathing mechanism and reduce stress on your body. Diaphragmatic breathing, in particular, can be very effective in relieve back pain when done correctly.

You can also try chest expansion exercises, which open up your chest and promote better airflow.

In addition, stretching and meditation can both help reduce stress levels and relieve back pain.

Back pain tools and accessories can give you relief and a feeling of well-being. However, it should be remembered that these methods will not necessarily treat the cause of your problem.

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By exploring different approaches, you can find the one that works best for you and start feeling better again.

What about natural remedies?

Although they are not supported by solid scientific evidence, several natural products and home remedies are used to treat various body pains, especially for their anti-inflammatory power.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of plants and essential oils that are effective in controlling pain and inflammation:

  • Turmeric : Thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers very powerful, turmeric is one of the most used plants in a culinary and therapeutic context. The composition of turmeric is essentially made of essential oils, vitamins (B1, B2, B6, C, E, K) and trace elements. But it is to its composition rich in curcumin and curcuminoids that we owe them and calm skin of this spice.
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  • Ginger : In addition to the special flavor it brings to the kitchen and its aphrodisiac properties, ginger is a root well known for its anti-inflammatory powers. THE gingerol gives it its anti-inflammatory action. It is an active component acting on the inflammatory pain related to chronic joint inflammatory diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, rheumatic diseases, etc. It has been proven that this active element is also effective in acting on the inflammation linked to arthritis and sciatica. Ginger also has other benefits thanks to its high potassium content and its richness in trace elements (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium) and vitamins (provitamin and vitamin B9).
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  • Omega-3s : Omega-3 are polyunsaturated fatty acids that play a very important role in the functioning of our body. They are provided by food in three natural forms: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), alpha linolenic acid (ALA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Beyond their action on the brain and the cardiovascular system, omega-3s prove very effective against inflammation. Indeed, they have the ability to act on the inflammatory mechanisms in osteoarthritis by slowing down cartilage destruction, thus they reduce the intensity of osteoarthritis pain. Since sciatica is most often linked to inflammation secondary to a herniated disc, it can also respond to omega-3s if you consume them regularly. 

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  • Lemon eucalyptus: Eucalyptus is a plant most often used in the form of herbal tea or essential oil. She would have anti-inflammatory effects which give it the ability to act on the bone and joint pain in general and the pain of sciatica in particular.
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  • wintergreen : Wintergreen is a shrub from which a very interesting essential oil is extracted. It is one of the most used essential oils in aromatherapy. This oil extracted from the shrub bearing the same name, is used in massage to relieve sciatica and act like a analgesic. Indeed, it provides a heating effect thanks to its ability toactivate blood circulation locally.
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Remember that these products do not replace medical treatment. Do not hesitate to consult for support adapted to your condition.


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