Second in importance to the heart is the respiratory diaphragm, the muscle which, when contracting, allows you to decrease air pressure within your lungs and thus take in air. Destroy the diaphragm and you destroy one’s ability to breath.
thanks for the info, I had an experance which worked out a bit different to the above, don't know why. I was doing a unarmed combat course and managed to rupcher my diaphragm after a few blows. I carried on for 45 minutes (adrenalin, to dumb to know?) being assessed, a couple of days later when on my second trip to the hostipal they worked out what was wrong I was told 90% of my stomach was in my chest cavity. The point is i had a load of chest pain, but my breathing was not bad considering.
Christ man, its tough to breath with your guts in your chest!
This is what is known as a traumatic hialtal hernia -where the stomach is pushed up through the opening in the diaphragm through which travels the esophagus and blood supply to the lower part of the body. It's likely you were already living with a hiatal hernia and didn't realize it, only to have it traumatically exacerbated. Symptoms of a hiatal hernia are similar to GERD and diagnosis is sketchy. Your case is, of course, is taken to the extreme. It is very possible you may have some ongoing issues even after apparent reduction of the hernia.
Ya Ive had better experiences in my life! It felt like I was having a frigging heart attack, I was operated on, they went in through my stomic and stitched the diaphragm back, It took a long time for the stomic area to feel good again, but its all good to go now.