For years I was aware of my chest feeling like a solid cage around me - no movement in it. Also, for years I had terrible soreness in my upper back which I felt was 'inside' and was in fact my lungs being inflamed.
After I have been on the inhaled steroids - flixotide - for some months I began to regain movement in my chest. My ribs began to move and be flexible allowing my chest to rise and fall. I have got to the point now where everywhere except the top of my sternum - where my ribs/collarbone join the top of my sternum - is now flexible and moving but I would love the top of my sternum do likewise as it clearly is restricting my breathing.
Also, my sternum seems to 'open' more now since I have been on the steroids and as a result I can feel, in the sternum, my chest expand when I inhale deeply.
The other thing, as my chest and ribs have begun to move, I have noticed that different parts of my chest/ribs have felt very sore with, gradually, the soreness disappearing in some places but persisting in others. It is almost as if muscles and cartilage that have not moved in years are now moving again and the 'new' soreness is a result of this.
I would love to get the top of my sternum/collarbone area to be flexible also, as it would really help my breathing, as well as getting the parts of my chest/ribs/upper back that are sore to no longer be sore.
I am wondering whether increasing my dose of flixotide would speed this up or whether that drug - prednisolone - might be the thing to 'break this' final hurdle that I can't get over... excuse me for mixing my metaphors.
Anyhow, any suggestions of info would be welcome.