View Full Version : 23 y.o. w/ recent chest pains, PLEASE respond

22nd December 2008, 12:17 AM
Hello everyone, this is my first post in this forum and I am very happy to have found this place for support. To give a little background on myself: I'm a 23 year old male who has had I would say mild kyphosis for quite a while. I always just thought it was a normal thing to have to constantly pop my back to make it feel better/straighter until a couple years ago. My physician didn't even diagnose it without me saying could you look closer at my back it feels curved and I'm constantly having to pop it. Then after he looked at it closer he said oh well you're right, it looks like you have a mild case of kyphosis. (hurrah for doctors, right?)

I didn't think this was a big deal until around July of '08 when I noticed I was having some slight chest pain. I figured this was due to my curvature so I did waht I always do. I went to the weight room, lifted weights to straighten my posture, and it did indeed help. However, I haven't had time to go to the gym as of late and my chest feels the same again, unless I'm standing up or sitting perfectly straight.

I am worried... Could this kyphosis permanently have damaged my heart? It's weird, frequently my chest feels a little tight, I then pop my back, and then it feels completely normal again.

A side note: I just got married a year and a 1/2 ago and me and my wife are on the bare minimum insurance that is reserved for emergencies. And we both have (thank goodness) only one more semester left of college then hopefully we can start working in our careers and get insurance for doctor's visits...

Please give advice, hope, honesty, anything. I worry..

22nd December 2008, 04:31 AM
Hi, my name is mari and I also have kyphosis. Sorry to hear that you are experiencing pain! I know exactly what you are talking about with the needing to "pop" your back. I myself do not experience chest pain, but my chiropractor told me that if my curve gets worse I may. From what he said, I guess there is a nerve in your mid-back that wraps around to the front and can cause chest pain if it is pinched by your curve. I would think that this is what is causing your pain, but as I am no doctor if you are worried about it I would go to your physician and see what they have to say. I hope this helps and good luck.

22nd December 2008, 09:52 PM
Hi there and welcome :tiphat:

I'm afraid I don't know a great deal about kyphosis as my condition is scoliosis, but it does sound from your symptoms as though your curvature is affecting the chest cavity, reducing the ability of your lungs to fully inflate. This could explain the feeling of tightness in your chest - do you find it a little difficult to breathe sometimes? I think it's unlikely that your condition warrants any urgent treatment but obviously the sooner you can get yourself checked out the better, if only to put your mind at rest. Sorry that's not very helpful, I'm sure someone will be along soon with more useful advice :)

Little Ali
23rd December 2008, 01:21 AM
Just wanted to say hi and :welcome2:

I have kyphoscoliosis and have recently been experiencing problems like you're describing. Have you been referred to a specialist?

23rd December 2008, 03:29 AM
Wow, what a warm welcome. There are lots of good people involved in these forums. Thanks for the replies..

Yes I do occasionally have difficulty breathing, but once again it goes back to my statement about having to pop my back. It's like if I pop my back really good, I experience this huge rush of relief, I get more oxygen, and any pain is gone (That is until I need to pop it again).

Also, I have not been referred to a specialist. But way back when my doctor said I have a mild kyphotic curvature (a few years ago) he said it was nothing to worry about and I could get x-rays taken if I wanted to.

I'm almost wondering if I have lordosis. My curve seems to start way down in my lower back, goes inward, and my mid back has a curve you can feel if you run your hand down my back. However, it isn't noticeable just by looking, you would have to feel it. It's strange, it's like I can pop my lower back by pushing my stomach in. Does anyone else experience these things?

Once again, thank you all for your support.

24th December 2008, 08:33 PM
I think you need to get a referral to a scoliosis/kyphosis specialist as they will be able to do x-rays and give you some realistic options. I can't say as I have experienced 'popping' my back but then, as I said before, I have scoliosis rather than kyphosis. the fact that your breathing and pain improve when you've 'popped' your back suggests to me that you've altered the position of the vertebrae and allowed yourself to become more upright for a while. I used to have a similar thing before surgery in that, as the day wore on, I would get more and more 'crunched' over to the left and my bottom rib and pelvis would grind together - not pleasant I can assure you :p Hope you can get an appointment with a specialist soon and in the meantime, i hope you have a very merry Xmas :xgrin::xdeer::xgrin:

30th December 2008, 07:18 AM
Hello Kyphosisguy
Most typical Scheuermann patient suffer from this symptom.
I already was with different specialists. Some me as a Hypochonder regarded
Cardiologen and Pneumologen.
My heart was very good in the load electrocardiogram.
My lung had 120% vitally capacity.
And I believed nevertheless to sometimes suffocate to get no air. Pain behind the breastbone. Fear of cardiac infarct….
It made me nearly moved.
The lung specialist made and regarded a radiograph. " Everything clearly, you have Scheuermann-disease ! "

In an older German Orthopädie text book I found finally an explanation. Breast spinal column syndrome or "Blockade". If the distance between the eddy bodies is too small, the nerve roots are irritated.
These nerves run between the ribs and are to control procedures of the respiration and heart. But these nerves have a Intercostal-Neuralgie.
Cracking noises from the spinal column, anxiety, difficulty in breathing, beating of the heart, spanning and cramping are typical with many patients with Hyperlordosis, Scheuermann-Kyphosis and also some Scoliosis.
Therapy is to be brought more distance between the eddy bodies. The spinal column more stretch. The Lordosis and the Kyphosis straighten.
The ventralen edges of the eddy bodies must open. The nerves in the chest need more area!
In the medicine there is a fundamental order:
1. Anamnesis
2. Diagnosis
3. Therapy
You need a physician that you listen exactly and a radiograph of the whole spinal column in standing from the side make. Only then one can act.
Greets from South-Germany

20th July 2009, 04:54 PM
I have had this problem too. One night I had 4 rockstar energy drinks (that was smart!) and ended up in the emergency room. I was having panic attacks all evening, and was generally just freakin' out like I was on some heavy drug. All the tests came back fine, and I was told to avoid stimulants. I do think that my kyphosis doesnt cause chest pain, but it can tighten the muscles in the front of the body. This made me worry! I am sure you are fine

Amazed Jean
20th July 2009, 10:35 PM
Hello and welcome to SSO. Not sure that I can be much help but since I have Kyphoscoliosis I thought I would jump in and ask you to please talk to a scoliosis specialist (yes even a scoliosis surgeon). He isn't going to give you surgery the first time and perhaps you could ask about 1:Your heart function or disfunction, 2: Your lung function or disfunction, 3: Your spine health in general, 4:What you are "popping" when you do it and if that is really good for you, And a multitude of other questions. Be sure to ask about stretching etc as an aid to feeling better. Just please do this while you are young and have the best chance to gain a great outcome no matter what you decide to do.