Do you feel severe breast pain only when lying down, and you think it’s radiating from a tweak in your back?

When a woman experiences breast pain, this often makes her think of breast cancer.

Intense Pain Deep in Breast Seems to Have Origin in Back Strain

How can this be?

“It is possible that there was a misalignment of one of the posterior rib heads in the T1-T5 area,” says Dr. Tom Carpenter, corrective exercise specialist, certified personal trainer and chiropractor.

“With the exception of the last two, the other 10 ribs form a joint with the vertebrae in the back and with the sternum in the front,” continues Dr. Carpenter. “This could cause radiating pain into the front breast area.

“Another possible cause could be a strain to one of the intercostalis muscles; the muscles that are located between the ribs.

“If it continues to reoccur, you should have it checked by your doctor.”

Yoga As Cause of Severe Pain Under Breast when Lying Down

It happened to me some time ago. I felt a slight but very odd tweak in what, in retrospect, seemed to have been between T-1 and T-5.

The tweak was very close to the vertebral column and covered a tiny surface area. I felt it while standing and twisting to the right, but not to the left.

I concluded it came from holding a yoga pose for half a minute. Below is the pose. yanalya

I was new to yoga, so it didn’t surprise me that this could be the cause.

When I got into bed, I immediately felt a pain deep in my breast that I’d never felt before. Lying on my side didn’t help. It was terrible and disrupted my sleep. It was REALLY bad.

It disappeared the moment I sat up – every single time. It was completely gone once I left the bed next morning. Never felt it at any point during wakefulness.

But come bedtime again, it returned the moment my head hit the pillow. The pain was just plain nasty, deep inside the breast – or so it seemed, as I concluded it was clearly a radiating pain.

If I shifted to the left or right, this tweaked the tiny area of back strain. I could tell, intuitively, that there was a connection between whatever had happened with my back, and what I was feeling within my breast.

Third or fourth night, the pain inside my breast was pretty much gone and never returned.

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Based upon 30+ years of experience, Dr. Carpenter’s practice approach reflects his belief that restoring optimum health and function will enable his patients to enjoy a much greater amount of vitality and wellness. Chiropractic care is true health care, not sick care!
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer. 


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