January 1, 2021
Is back and spine pain a part of COPD? Mostly if I sleep on one side I get shape pains in my shoulder blade and middle upper spine while taking a deep breath. Anyone else have these symptoms?
Thank you all very kindly for your time and thoughts.
5 days ago
I HAVE BACK PAIN AND GET VERY SHORT OF BREATH WHEN I DO ANYTHING PHYSICAL.
3 days ago
Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT Moderator
2 days ago
Hi Shirley, and thanks for your post(s) here.
Several members in our community have mentioned they are experiencing back pain in conjunction with this condition (COPD), so you are not alone! In fact, we have a few comments (posted by community members), which I thought might be of interest to you. For your convenience, here is a link to that information: https://copd.net/search?s=back%20%20pain.
As well, it is not uncommon for some patients (with COPD), to have good readings via the pulse oximeter and yet, still remain short of breath. I thought you might also be interested in this article, which explains that feeling: https://copd.net/clinical/breathlessness-vs-oxygen-saturation. I do hope you find the material is helpful for you in a practical way.
If there is anything we can do to assist you, please let me or any other moderator know.
Wishing you well,
Leon (site moderator COPD.net)
November 15, 2021
chrisdean, I experience the approximate symptoms which kloker detailed. The only good thing about spending years having my condition misdiagnosed, as per over 80% of us, is that I have learnt a ton about my condition from the research which I required to prove it to doctors. Research articles describe raised transpulmonary pressure which forces downward, into the abdominal cavity. This raises intra-abdominal pressure, possibly causing abdominal compartment syndrome. The pressure forces outward, compromising abdominal muscles and placing pressure on the lower spine. As per kloker's mention, of the range of motion being much reduced, the pressure on the lower spine and loss of full abdominal muscle support reduces the ability of many muscle groups, around the body, to function properly. I really struggle to raise my arms above my head. The back pain is just all part of the fun.
November 14, 2021
January 28, 2021
Kind of a chicken and the egg situation for myself and i couldn't give you a straight answer. I have found that if i strain my back through over exercising or strain a muscle in that part of my body I generally have a flair up and difficulty breathing. At least for me there is a correlation both ways.
Laying flat on the ground with my legs elevated and diaphragmatic breathing usually sorts me out. Sometimes with a heating pad or pillow under the strains
Hope it helps
November 13, 2021