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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

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Lower left back pain that is random. Doesn't feel muscular. Random dull ache. Comes and goes. Certain positions don't make better/worse. 1 yr+?

Lower left back pain that is random. Doesn't feel muscular. Random dull ache. Comes and goes. Certain positions don't make better/worse. 1 yr+?

Evaluation Needed: After a proper history, physical exam and any necessary imaging (x-ray/mri) is obtained and reviewed a sufficient diagnosis can be made. Treatment may include but is not limited to ice, heat, massage, nsaid's, physical therapy, chiropractic, orthopedist, and pain management. ...Read more

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Upper back pain for a few months, nothing helping, progressive worsening, suddenly too painful to sleep laying down and wakes me up, what should I do?

Upper back pain for a few months, nothing helping, progressive worsening, suddenly too painful to sleep laying down and wakes me up, what should I do?

Get it checked: We do not have enough information to tell you what is causing your pain. You have had it for few months. It is about time you consult your doctor to find out what is causing the pain and get it treated. It may be Muscular pain or pain coming from the thoracic or Cervicsl spine. You may need meds and /or Physical therapy and other trsatment depending on the Diagnosis. Consult your Doctor ...Read more

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I am on percoet 10-325, 4 per day. I don't take anything else for pain. My pain is getting worse. I have chronic back pain. I have osteoporosis, b?

I am on percoet 10-325, 4 per day. I don't take anything else for pain. My pain is getting worse. I have chronic back pain. I have osteoporosis, b?

Need options: Percocet doesn't treat the cause of the pain. Especially if they are no longer working, you need to seek options for treatment. First must diagnose the underlying cause then a better treamement plan can be employed. Injection therapy, physical therapy, other medications to help with other symptoms should be considered. Longer acting and stronger meds are only options if you don't respond to tx. ...Read more

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Dull/sharp back pain ranging from between my shoulders to my lower back gets worse if I sit down after work and when I try to get up I can barely walk?

Dull/sharp back pain ranging from between my shoulders to my lower back gets worse if I sit down after work and when I try to get up I can barely walk?

Very common: You are not alone. You need a thorough assessment and a treatment plan that includes options. The more conservative-the better. Understand that there is no single medication or procedure that will make a miracle. Understand that there is hope-that you can get better.
Rec. See a pain interventional specialist. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pretty bad back pain on a daily basis, some days are worse than others. What OTC pain reliever would be the best to help with the pain?

What to do if I have pretty bad back pain on a daily basis, some days are worse than others. What OTC pain reliever would be the best to help with the pain?

See Doctor: While there are a few OTC meds out there for help, I would suggest without any physician knowing what is exactly bothering you that you at least see your doctor for an educated decision. You could try tyelnol, Ibuprofen or even Naproxen these are available OTC. ...Read more

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Iv had back pain for months an it keeps getting worse, what could be the cause?

Many: You need a physical exam. Answers to age, any injury or activity, changes in extremity sensation or motor function. Many things can cause back pain such as sprain or strain, herniated disc, kidney stones, and even cancer. So your doctor will take a history and do an exam then decide if you need x-rays or an MRI and get to the bottom of what is wrong. ...Read more

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Any advice? I have had chronic back pain for the past 3 years, its getting worse. Any ideas on what is causing my pain?

Any advice? I have had chronic back pain for the past 3 years, its getting worse. Any ideas on what is causing my pain?

Back Pain: There are many causes of lower back pain - after a thorough evaluation by a qualified interventional pain specialist your pain will most likely be narrowed down to one of the structures or conditions noted here: disc, joint, soft tissues, spinal stenosis and the list can go on and on.... You will need a detailed evaluation first. ...Read more

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I have sciatica/back pain occasionally. If I sit down too much it gets worse. What's the best way to avoid this from happening too much?

Start simple: Sciatic/back pain has many possible causes. The most common is musle/joint related. So, it is good to stretch your back gently and exercise your back muscles every day.

When you are in the midst of a particularly bad attack, consider a hot bath/jacuzzi and massage therapy.

If this doesn't help, see a doctor. ...Read more

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I was having really bad back pain that got worse with every breath and the more I panicked the worse it hurt. What can I do to treat this?

Conservatively: Most back pain resolves without a lot of fancy treatment other than gentle stretching, moist heat, meds like ibuprofen.
Bed rest is now considered non-helpful. ...Read more

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I have back pain on the left side just above my hip inside the back, if I turn my body/sit down/lie down it hurts, its getting worse. What is it?

I have back pain on the left side just above my hip inside the back, if I turn my body/sit down/lie down it hurts, its getting worse. What is it?

Hip or back pain: Back problems can give you hip pain and hip problems can give you back pain. Probably not enough information here to help you know what the cause is. How long has it been present? What makes it worse? Better? Does it go down into your leg? Any fever, chills, weight loss? Any bowel or bladder problems? ...Read more

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At first slight back pain and I thought it was because I slept on a couch but then got worse and hurt through my chest and couldn't breathe! Why?

Have a fever? Cough?: Pain when taking a breath is due to the movement of structures involved in respiration: ribs, intercostal muscles, pleura (lining of the lungs), pericardium (lining of the heart) and lungs. You may have simply stretched or injured a muscle of your chest wall, but if you have fever or a swollen leg, it could be more serious (like pneumonia or blood clot) in which case, evaluation would be indicated. ...Read more

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My back has been hurting at work for about a week now, I thought it might be my server apron. Today my allergies got bad and my back pain is worse?

My back has been hurting at work for about a week now, I thought it might be my server apron. Today my allergies got bad and my back pain is worse?

See details: Then see a doctor and have the back evaluated. Make certain you are screened for spondylitis. Allergies have nothing to do with it. ...Read more

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Moderate upper back pain, across entire back, been hurting for about 6 hrs, seem to be getting worse. Intensifies if I turn or twist a certain way?

Moderate upper back pain, across entire back, been hurting for about 6 hrs, seem to be getting worse. Intensifies if I turn or twist a certain way?

Midback pain: It always depends on why you are hurting. Sometimes our careers cause repetitive motion that causes irritation to the area, other times it may be related to trauma (such as car accidents). Either way typically back pain resolves within 3-6 weeks with conservative therapy (rest, ice, anti inflammatories, etc). If you are still persisting with pain then see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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There's this back pain in my lower back, it doesn't hurt when I bend down but after I come back up is when it hurts worse and at night when laying.

There's this back pain in my lower back, it doesn't hurt when I bend down but after I come back up is when it hurts worse and at night when laying.

Back pain: You are describing mechanical low back pain due to instability. It may be due to a fracture if the pars interarticularis, laxity of the facet joints, or a tear in the annulus of the disc. An MRI of the lumbar spine and an evaluation with a neurosurgeon would give you answers to what is causing the low back pain. ...Read more

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I have chest pains like someone one put 3 brick on my chest, I have back pain thas making it worse I feel tried, these systems last about 5 mins?

It is difficult to: Make diagnosis here. I see that you have a heart murmur. You are a female but no other risks listed for heart problem there are many causes of chest pain or pressure, and at your age, heart is not the most worrisome except for the murmur. It is best to see your doctor and discuss it and they an do all the necessary work up for your peace of mind. ...Read more

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I had a saddle block yesterday for my cerclage. It took him a long time, now I have severe back pain--worse when I bend even a little. Is this normal?

I had a saddle block yesterday for my cerclage. It took him a long time, now I have severe back pain--worse when I bend even a little. Is this normal?

Should get better!: Sometimes the spaces between the backbones are tight, and all of us occasionally have trouble inserting a needle for spinal (saddle block) or epidural anesthesia. It's normal to have some bruising or tenderness at the insertion spot. Use a heating pad and acetaminophen, and don't be afraid to do gentle stretching exercises if ok with your obstetrician. It should feel better in a day or two. ...Read more

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I have sudden lower right side back pain about an inch or so above buttocks that is getting worse by the hour. Sever sharp pains when take a big breat?

Muscle injury: Chances are this is probably just a lumbar muscle sprain (i.E "throwing your back out"). For my patients with this condition I recommend rest, heat and anti-inflammatory medications. If the symptoms persist or if the pain starts radiating down your leg your should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Does golf make low back pain worse?

Does golf make low back pain worse?

Yes: Comfortanle golf requires comfortable facet joints and comfortable muscles the ledbetyer swing requires simultaneous extension and lateral bending as wel as torsion forces the lumbar spine is not designed to rotate why do you think the pros are on and off the tour with back problems david duvall still recovering. ...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