Difficulty breating deeply



Asthma is an inflammatory disorder of the airways which causes shortness of breath and ‘wheezing’. Its severity can range from mild, with only occasional symptoms, to a severe and life-threatening condition. Symptoms of Asthma The most common symptoms of asthma are: Shortness of breath Wheezing A tight feeling in the chest Coughing Symptoms will vary …

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Referred Chest Pain

Pain in the chest can sometimes be referred from the back. Pain will be felt in the chest but the cause of the problem may be in the thoracic spine. The upper back may feel stiff but chest pain when taking a deep breath can also be a symptom of a back/spinal problem. Read on …

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Costochondral Separation

A Costochondral separation, sometimes known as a rib separation, usually occurs after a direct impact. This injury occurs when a rib becomes separated from the costochondral joint (made from cartilage) which is also attached to the breastbone. The area will be very painful, especially when breathing deeply, and it can take several months to fully …

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Collapsed Lung or Pneumothorax

A pneumothorax or collapsed lung occurs when there is a build-up of air in the space between the lungs and the rib cage – known as the pleural space. Symptoms include a sharp chest pain and shortness of breath. This condition can be caused by a specific injury like broken ribs, or just happen for …

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Bruised Ribs & Rib Fractures

The most common injuries to the ribs are contusions and fractures caused by direct impact. A stress fracture of the rib can also occur. On this page: Rib contusion Rib fracture Stress fracture of the ribs Costochondral separation / Rib separation Bruised ribs Bruised ribs or a rib contusion occurs following a direct impact to …

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