Amie Davis

I've had a burning sensation in my lungs, high at the base of my throat & it often feels like a weight is sitting on my chest. It's much like when you take that first breath of ice cold air outside in the winter. It is also difficult to take a deep breath due to the pain & tightness in my ribs. The chest x-rays didn't show anything but I'm concerned that the AS is damaging my lungs. Has anyone experienced something like this?

Asked by Amie Davis 3 years ago add tags




Steve
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It could be acid reflux or GERD.  I know if feels like the lungs, but often it is the esophagus.  I used to have that sensation before being treated with PPIs.  I know a lot of people, especially in the winter, that experience periodic episodes of this.  Just a thought.

by Steve 3 years ago

Rob Parker
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Hi Amie,  Two or three times a year I get a similar sensation although I wouldn't call mine a burning sensation but thought I'd share my experience anyhow.  When I have this particular flare, it feels like a knife being pushed into my chest and twisted.  It is usually about 2 inches to "my" left of my sternum and horizontal with the nipple.  I also get pain on both sides of my ribcage about 6 inches below my armpits.  If I breathe deep like you describe, the pain becomes so intense that I hold my breathe.  The frist few times it happened, I thought I was having a heart attack.  It's so common place now, that if I do have a heart attack I'll probably pop NSAIDS!  Lol  I talked with my Rhemu about it and he talked about "intercostal joints" which from what I remember was pretty much where I was having some other related pain.  To my knowledge, AS doesn't directly affect any lung tissue.  However it does increase the chance for scar tissue formation (anywhere in the body) so if you smoke or have other issues, then you are increasing the chance of damaged tissue growing back as scar tissue which can lead to other breathing problems.  Not to sound like the voice of doom, personally I'm a smoker and willing to take the risk, but just share the knowledge.  Thanks, Rob

by Rob Parker 3 years ago

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Hi  I had these and I went to my specialist and he said it was just asthma.... That!!!would be the deep breathing pain and the not getting a full.breathe sensation also the one where it feels like your being.stabbed its definetly acid reflex I am not saying your overreacting at all because this is very painfull when it first happened I freaked out also for the asthma try advair I use that and try omeprazol for the reflex. When you feel like you can not swallow your.mouth is dry and your throte is not responding cuz theres no reason to swallow. When Ever you work out if this happens just take  a few minutes.and rest drink lots of water and breathe slowly I.hope this helped

by Kissesss1993 2 years ago

Julian Beech
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I am having the exact same thing and its really scaring me.
It feels like my airways from my throat down into my lungs are cold, sometimes even inside my nose.
My throat feels tight, feels like my upper lungs are not filling with air, all my ribcage aches, I get this short of breath feeling, even sometimes just from talking.
Its really awful
I have tried going for brisk walks for around 45 minutes, most of the time I feel not too bad when doing it, sometimes I feel panicky and feel like I can't get a full breath or swallow properly

by Julian Beech 2 years ago

Jerry Grynspan
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Although it is hard to believe that it might be GERD/heartburn, it is probable. Severe GERD will interfere with the breathing reflex. AS rarely affects the lungs directly but will almost always affect the ribcage expansion and contraction and that will make it feel like you can't breathe and it will not show on an xray until it becomes extremely severe. It takes an MRI or CT scan to see the subtle changes....HOWEVER this One morning I had a hard time catching my breath. Thankfully my wife nagged me into seeing the doctor immediately since it turned out to be a pulmonary embolism. This is extremely rare for AS patients, but obviously, from my history, not impossible.

by Jerry Grynspan 3 years ago

Carrie Mayer
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I have had the same thing.  It IS acid reflux.  Mine was so bad at times, I really did stop breathing and has to be pounded on the back - found out that breaks up the acid build up.  If you want to try a home remedy - place 1/2 tsp of backing soda in 8 oz of water and drink as much as fast as you can, the whole glass if you can, and see how you feel.  If it's better, it's acid reflux.  Meds helped me, but digestive enzymes got rid of it totally.

by Carrie Mayer 3 years ago

Geraldine
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I have had rib pain which comes from the back also,you have joints in the breast bone,  and maybe they were inflammed and the tightness also, take deep breaths to help expand even it it hurts, something like if you get tight muscles.  Things come and go and come back, just apart of AS

by Geraldine 3 years ago

Chapps
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Well, I'd first check to see if you have GERD. Pretty typical, since all of us take anti-inflammatories. I started taking Dexilant for my GERD, and now have no problems.

But the second culprit is usually the sternum, as mentioned in the other posts. My sternum used to hurt all the time. Some kind of inflammation-based issue, I'm assuming, because ever since I started aggressively treating my AS, it's been under control. I had also broken my sternum (well, someone head-butted me in high school and snapped it), so scar tissue could have been involved.

Those are the only two things I could think of. Good luck figuring it out. Let us know when you do.

by Chapps 3 years ago

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This happens to me! I don't have fusion of my ribs or sternum, but I do have significant sternum pain when it's pushed on, and rib pain when I take deep breaths.

The burning feeling happens to my a few times a week, and I was told it might be heartburn (but it feels more spondylitis-y, and heartburn mess don't help at all so I disagree).

It's such an unpleasant feeling, and I haven't found a way to make it feel better. Maybe try putting heat on your chest for a few minutes followed by some deep breaths? Let me know if anything works for you!

by Kathryn 3 years ago

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I've had a burning sensation in my lungs, high at the base of my throat & it often feels like a weight is sitting on my chest. It's much like when you take that first breath of ice cold air outside in the winter. It is also difficult to take a deep breath due to the pain & tightness in my ribs. The chest x-rays didn't show anything but I'm concerned that the AS is damaging my lungs. Has anyone experienced something like this?

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