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In a combination just as I was going into a pique arabesque (it didn't happen with the releve arabesque) I took a breath right as I piqued and then as I moved my upper body forward to accomadate my leg I got a sharp pain between my ribs. It felt like that burn you get when you take a breath too quickly before swimming under water. It was NOT a good feeling. It also happened a few weeks ago when I was late going into a cambre back. What am I doing to make this happen and what can I do to make it stop?

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Even and steady breathing will help. You may be gasping right at the places you mentioned, especially in the port de bras, because you were late. Likewise, hitting the piqué on the beat could promote a "hurry-up" breath. What happens is that such a breath dislodges some of the mucus which normally lines the trachea and the bronchial tubes. This dislodgement causes pain, as the underlying cells are exposed to rushing air. If it becomes more frequent, consult your doctor. You might have a minor case of bronchitis that just won't let go.

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I don't know if it could be mild bronchitis, but I have been having a lot of alergy problems lately--I'm clearing my throat constantly. Thank you for the information and I will definitely watch to see if it continues. Hopefully it's just that I was late.

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