Accessory muscles

Hi Guys!

Question for the group. Does anyone have chest soreness with their asthma? As mentioned in some of my posts, I'm new to asthma and I'm trying to get this thing under control along with understand how by lungs will behave from now on.

Since this "thing" started I've felt soreness of my chest area. the sensation is not painful and it's not one of the pain/soreness of muscles like a pectorial, it almost feels like the rib cage area! The sensation is no different when I take deep breaths or exhale. As I've read this could be the accessory muscles since my breathing has changed. I am also wondering if this could be due to my excessive use of my PEF meter since I exhale so forcefully. I've brought this up a few times to my Doc, but he gives me no feed back 😐

Just curious is anyone else feels this sorness!


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  • K8sMom2002

    Hi, RedCoog … are you coughing more? I know when I have an asthma flare or anything that sets off lots of coughing, my chest gets super sore. Part of that for me is that I'm prone to something called , an inflammation of the chest wall.

    Whenever I have a flare of that, it actually hurts to draw in a deep breath.  That doesn't sound like what you're experiencing, right?

    Even though you haven't got any feedback from your doctor, if the soreness isn't getting better, I might specifically ask again, and say, "Hey, this really concerns me. I want to make sure that I understand what's causing it."

    Also, could you track the soreness and see …

    • What seems to trigger it? (When do you notice it, in other words?)
    • What makes it worse?
    • What makes it better?

    When I've been able to answer those questions, that has helped my doc track down the source of my past issues with soreness/pain. 

  • RedCoog

    Hi K8SMOM2002,

    I have no cough with my symptoms. But I do have to clear my trait quite often…just now, I placed my hand on my chest during my clearing and it feels like I tighten it a bit! This may be part of it I suppose!


    I have a follow up with my doctor next week. Thanks to some of the feedback of the group, I have a ton of questions to discuss with him!

    again, I'm very glad I came across this group!

  • K8sMom2002

    I'm so glad we've helped! And I hope your doctor can give you some answers and a plan forward! Fingers crossed! I'd definitely mention the throat clearing (right?) and see what he says about that. You never know when the one observation you share can be the flip of a switch that leads to a light bulb moment!

  • RedCoog
    K8sMom2002 posted:

    RedCoog, how's the soreness? Is it any better? 

    Hi K8sMom2002,

    the soreness is ok. I'm noticing some connections of it to my workouts.

    I talked about this to my Doctor today during our follow up! 

    Mom goong to write some of our conversation on one of the posts were I shared my story! I got some questions for the group!

  • K8sMom2002

    So glad the soreness is okay and that you were able to talk with your doctor! Off to see if I can find your other questions.

  • RedCoog


    the soreness is down but still there. the soreness fluctuates but I have yet to figure out what triggers it. What I'm thinking, is that since I'm still having some minor symptoms I may be breathing incorrectly.

    i have a follow up with my PCP (not Pulmo) this Friday, and I plan to bring this up!

    thanks for asking!

  • Kathy P

    Glad you have an appointment soon where you can bring it up. Is it like the intercostal muscles between the ribs? I've had those irritated before when my coughing was out of control.

  • RedCoog

    I thinks is pretty similar to that muscle group! The soreness is just right at or slightly above the pec muscle area!

    one thing that I posted on a separate tread, is my constant throat clearing! Although I don't cough, the clearing still is forecefull!  

  • K8sMom2002

    Glad you have an appointment to get to the bottom of this — I hope your doc has some ideas!