Posted by: Kent | 2019/09/12


sudden onset pain at T5 vertebrae causes respiration trouble

For the past 20+ years, When I get the sudden pain at T5, I experience difficulty inhaling. I need to belch and if I have been eating, may spit up in the process of clearing my obstruction. This latter is recent in last 3 times it has happened in Aug-Sept 2019. Lying on back on hard surface most quickly alleviates problem. The longer it takes to clear the obstruction the more distressed I become and feel close to passing out. When belching is cleared the back pain diminishes and breathing is normal. My GP and chiropractor are both baffled by it. Occurs now about 1-2 times a month. So, it is now more frequent and takes longer to get over. Ready to do something about it, but no clue where to begin.

Expert's Reply


Cough Expert
- 2019/10/17

It might be that you are having esophageal spasm.  You should see a GI doctor who may be able to assist.  It could also be acid or reflux of material up the food pipe causing inflammation and spasm in the esophagus.

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