Before I went to bed last night I experienced a slight tightness in my chest. I am a smoker, 21 yrs old. Went to bed, hoping to sleep it off. Ended up waking up a few times due to pain when breathing.
In the last 24 hours I have experienced right side rib pain and middle to lower back pain, sharp pain when breathing or moving a certain way, and eating/swallowing. It almost feels like a pinched nerve in the rib cage? What could it be?
I wonder if you could have a spasming or pulled abdominal muscle? Alot of things can cause rib and back pain, most of which you're too young to consider. We don't diagnose here but you might want to check that out. You might also want to try the "Check a Symptom" program on the homepage of the Health Central website. If any pain is becoming chronic and/or getting worse you should see a doctor about it.
Here are some yoga exercises that could help: