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What to do if I have back pain when I cough or laugh.?

What to do if I have back pain when I cough or laugh.?

Work up: Back pain with coughing/laughing/sneezing could indicate disc herniation. Pls get it worked up by your doc.. Mri. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


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Really bad back pain when I cough or laugh. Should I be worried?

Yes/No: Although coughing and laughing that results in back pain suggests a herniated disk, this will not generally be anything that will harm you in the long run. That said, if there is any perceived weakness or ascending numbness in the legs or arms, that would be of concern. If you are worried I would suggest you see your doctor for further workup with imaging like Xray or MRI. ...Read more

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I sneezed and immediately felt sharp upper right back pain. Now whenever I move or laugh I get sharp back pain. It's a little swollen. What happened?

I sneezed and immediately felt sharp upper right back pain. Now whenever I move or laugh I get sharp back pain. It's a little swollen. What happened?

Muscle spasm: The sneeze caused acute muscle spasm and the nerves between the ribs causes it to radiate. It is possible you disrupted the junction of the rib and its cartilage. Either way, give it time. It will get better. ...Read more

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Back pain in upper right side. The pain is worsened by lying down, laughing, leaning forward. No shortness of breath. No issues moving arm around.

Back pain in upper right side. The pain is worsened by lying down, laughing, leaning forward. No shortness of breath. No issues moving arm around.

Upper back strain: More commonly this is a muscle strain. It can be very uncomfortable initially and debilitating.
Heat. Stretch. Massage may help. If it persists beyond 10days without improving then considering seeing a physician. Physical therapy is often considered. ...Read more

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Upper mid back pain getting worse for a month now?

Upper mid back pain getting worse for a month now?

Time to see doc: It could lots of things - most likely a muscle strain that's not getting better... But... Your doctor will do a detailed history and physical exam, listen to your lungs, heart, etc, to make sure nothing else is going on. ...Read more

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Could Neurontin (gabapentin) be making my back pain worse?

Maybe: It's pretty infrequent, but Neurontin (gabapentin) has been known to cause joint pain or swelling, muscle pains and/or leg cramps. Again, this is not very common but has been known to happen. ...Read more

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Lower back pain worse when standing have it over a week now?

Lower back pain worse when standing have it over a week now?

Reasons: There are many reasons for back pain: arthritis, herniated disk, spondylitis, kidney stones or infection, sciatica among many others. You need evaluation by neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Why is my back pain worse when arising from a stool or chair?

See below: Few possible reasons. Sometimes when a person has a disc problem, the intiial movement of the spine can cause pain when going from sit to stand. Also if there is a problem with the joints of the spine which are called facet joints these can cause pain when standing. Muscle tightness/stiffness can also contribute. ...Read more

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Causes of lower back pain which become worse when laying down?

Could be a large: Centrally herniated disc and/or spinal stenosis but this is assuming you are lying either on your back or on your stomach as your spine is in extension which narrows the spinal canal leaving less room available for the nerve tissue within it. For other diagnoses like a tumor or infection, pain can be worse at night as well. It is worth getting this evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Will getting surgery for syringomyelia make my back pain worse?

Will getting surgery for syringomyelia make my back pain worse?

No: There may be some temporary back pain since the laminectomy incision is on the back, but this should resolve over time. ...Read more

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Lower back pain, same pain for about 2 years? Some days are worse, others are better.

Lower back pain, same pain for about 2 years? Some days are worse, others are better.

Lumbago: Sounds like you need an evaluation. The best advice would be to see a spine specialist. Most likely a good course of conservative non-operative measures will be recommended, unless severe pathology is identified as the source of pain. ...Read more

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Rib and back pain. Hurts worse when I sit or lay down. Threw up the night before. What should I do?

Rib and back pain. Hurts worse when I sit or lay down. Threw up the night before. What should I do?

Chestpain: I assume you have chest pain in the front and back. May be muscular or from the bones and joints or may have pleuracy that is the inflammation in the lining of the lung, If the pain is bad enough you should have it checked out by your physician. ...Read more

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I have been haveing back pain for a year and no doctor knows why and it has gotten worse what can I do?

I have been haveing back pain for a year and no doctor knows why and it has gotten worse what can I do?

Work up: I would need to know more about your back pain before I can tell you what it is. I assume there has been work up done, so you will need to tell us the results of your xray or/and MRI if one been done. You may also have referred pain (pain that comes from the structures other than your back, such as kidneys or abdomen), so if not looked into, this may be the reason for not arriving at diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a very bad back pain and chest also. It gets worse when I breath or I move my middle body area.

I have a very bad back pain and chest also. It gets worse when I breath or I move my middle body area.

Chest pain: Chest pain should be taken seriously. You need to call your doctor first. What you are staying could be muscculoskeletal, related to a lung infection, blood clot or even cardiac causes. I don't want to alarm you but you need to be examined and speak to a physician asap. ...Read more

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Is it common to have more pain at night then during the day. I ask this bc my lower back pain is worse at night.

Is it common to have more pain at night then during the day. I ask this bc my lower back pain is worse at night.

Not uncommon: Distractions are less.
No kids, no noise, no music, no TV and pain just creeps in!!
Whether from trauma, arthritis, or post surgical. ...Read more

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Severe upper back pain when initially lying down. Hurts in chest too. Anything serious? Been going on for 5 months getting worse

Severe upper back pain when initially lying down. Hurts in chest too. Anything serious? Been going on for 5 months getting worse

Back pain: It's difficult to determine the cause of the pain based on the limited description of symptoms. However progressive pain which is ongoing for five months is a red flag. I would recommend that you see a spine specialist or neurosurgeon to determine the cause of the pain and begin a treatment plan to eliminate it. ...Read more

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Are they any stretches I could to help relief lower back pain? It's just on the left side and it hurts worse when I am sitting down or standing.

Are they any stretches I could to help relief lower back pain? It's just on the left side and it hurts worse when I am sitting down or standing.

Cause of back pain?: Have you had the back pain evaluated by a physician to find out the cause? I think that is important to do before seeking out advice on stretching exercises by a network such as this where we don't really have the ability to examine you first. Stretches could help your condition or depending they could worsen things. Your doctor should be able to direct you to a PT specialist as well. ...Read more

Laughter (Definition)

Laughter = psycho-physiological reflex which is often in response to ...Read more


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back = dorsalgia = discomfort of any ...Read more