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A 32-year-old female asked:

Hi, husband is immunocompromised, positive for covid today. he experiences pain throughout thoracic cavity extending to lumbar spine only after sneezing, pain 8/10, lasting 5 sec. no difficulty breathing, no fever, no cough, is this an emergency? thx?

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Dr. Hiep Le
Dr. Hiep Leanswered
Nephrology and Dialysis 44 years experience
No, it is not an emergent symptom and it may not have anything to do with covid-19 infection. Sneeze can trigger a radiculopathic pain with the characteristics as your husband experienced. The most common emergent symptom in covid-19 infection is shortness of breath (dyspnea) with poor oxygenation by pulse oximetry.
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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 38 years experience
Muscle aches are common during COVID 19 infection. The pain is worsened with sneezing and this may indicate muscular pain. Discuss the use of local heat and NSAIDs with your PCP. During the infection, there may be late onset of symptoms, or very few symptoms. Watch for shortness of breath, fever, cough and vomiting. The vaccination series with a booster offers some protection.
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