Can shortness of breath/heavy breathing cause diaphragm strain/sprain?

I often have severe tightness below my ribs (more pressure than pain). It is sometimes oppressive and causes me to walk leaning forward. My doctors shrug their shoulders and have no answers.

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  1. Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator says:

    Hi Lynnilene and thanks for your post. Besides the references that Allyson provided you with, I thought you also might find it helpful to look over this material on COPD and posture: https://copd.net/answers/posture/. This may provide you with a bit more insight for your concerns.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  2. Lynnilene author says:

    thanks Leon! This is useful info…and somewhat validating.

  3. Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator says:

    Hi again Lynnilene – that’s good to hear! I was hoping somewhere in our responses we’d hit the right information for you. Keep up the good work!
    Leon (site moderator)

  4. Allyson.Ellis moderator says:

    Lynnilene, thank you for reaching out and talking about your pain in the rib/diaphragm area. It must be so difficult to walk hunched over. Rib cramping with COPD is still a growing area of research in the medical community. However, it has been a source of many comments from members, so know you are not alone in your experience! We have two articles relating to rib pain that were published on the site that you might find useful:
    https://copd.net/living/relief-rib-cramping/ and https://copd.net/living/community-feedback-rib-cramping/

    I hope this helps you a bit! Please let us know if we can be of further assistance! I am glad you are part of the community!

    Allyson (site moderator)

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