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For a month I've had lower back pain n stiffness making it hurt when I sit, cough, bend. Lying down/standing straight feels best. What could it be?

For a month I've had lower back pain n stiffness making it hurt when I sit, cough, bend. Lying down/standing straight feels best. What could it be?

Consult PT: This could be a strain. There's a whole bunch of questions that need to be answered to make the diagnosis here as this is one of the most common complaints to primary care physicians. You can potentially make the diagnosis by trying a simple therapy. Lay on the floor with you face down and perform a press up, while keeping your hips on the floor. This provides back extension. Do this 10x/day. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Got a stiff neck, along with lower back pain, with a bad cold and cough.

Got a stiff neck, along with lower back pain, with a bad cold and cough.

Possible viral inf: Sounds like what happens when you get a viral infection. So long as no fever or neurological signs of problems, no lessening of mental status or function, etc. Then, conservative treatment and steady as she goes.....hydration (water best), you can certainly do an anti-inflammatory such as Motrin or Naprosyn...or if you prefer smething like a couple of ES Tylenol (acetaminophen) per label instructions, REST... ...Read more

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I was recently taking muscle relaxers for lower back pain, but now I'm feeling upper-mid pain when I cough. Could it be a nerve problem?

I was recently taking muscle relaxers for lower back pain, but now I'm feeling upper-mid pain when I cough. Could it be a nerve problem?

Could be disc: If the upper-mid pain you have is in the upper mid back, worse when you move cough, bend or rotate the spine in that area, it may be a disc in the thoracic spine part of your back, a strain or sprained muscle. I'm not sure that it would be typical of a nerve problem (meaning a nerve disease), but we do feel pain because of our nerves, indicated a problem in that area. ...Read more

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Lower back pain by tailbone. Sharp pain when I cough or sneeze. Hurts to walk or bend?

Lower back pain by tailbone. Sharp pain when I cough or sneeze. Hurts to walk or bend?

Back pain: Sounds like typically muscle related back pain. If no issues with incontinence or numbness or tingling in legs could try an anti inflammatory med like Motrin and ice it to help. Make sure no issues with Motrin before you take it. ...Read more

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Over month after unprotected sex some lower back pain but staying active. Only symptom as well as a cough for 2 wks. Worrying too much about std?

Over month after unprotected sex some lower back pain but staying active. Only symptom as well as a cough for 2 wks. Worrying too much about std?

Get Checked!: Why worry? See your doctor, and get checked.
If you luck out, and didn't "catch" anything, please learn from the experience, and...Use protection next time. ...Read more

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Bad lower back pain, chills, nausea and vomiting, and I'm really cold also have dry cough that hurts and because of it I can't breath that well

Bad lower back pain, chills, nausea and vomiting, and I'm really cold also have dry cough that hurts and because of it I can't breath that well

See a doctor: Get an evaluation by a doctor
make sure you don't have something more serious like a kidney issue. Your symptoms may be secondary to just bodyaches from a flu but you need to exclude more serious issues and should see a doctor to be examined. ...Read more

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Shoulder blade pain, breastbone pain, lower back pain, rib pain, seems to wrap around my body, started severe 5 days ago. Slight cough and sore?

Shoulder blade pain, breastbone pain, lower back pain, rib pain, seems to wrap around my body, started severe 5 days ago. Slight cough and sore?

Go to the Doctor: I believe the question as asked is the perfect definition of when one needs to be seen by their family doctor. Something is wrong. Your body is telling you to get some help. You need to be seen and examined by the doctor you trust most. ...Read more

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Bad lower back pain chest tightness dry persistent cough. When I exhale I cough. Wheezing. I'm a smoker. I was told it's bronchitis but is the back pain

Bad lower back pain chest tightness dry persistent cough. When I exhale I cough. Wheezing. I'm a smoker. I was told it's bronchitis but is the back pain

Persistent back pain: Without explanation should always be checked for blood clots in the lung or disc disease. As a smoker, cancer should always be a possibility in the back of your mind. Coupled with the dry persistent cough, you really need to have a healthcare provider give you X-rays of both your lungs and your spine to rule out mass or COPD, then get a contrast CT of the lungs to rule out blood clot. Good luc ...Read more

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61years, she has made hysterectomy 1year ago, it has a strong gland on the lower left side of the abdomen, it has only low back pain and cough/rarewhat?

61years, she has made hysterectomy 1year ago, it has a strong gland on the lower left side of the abdomen, it has only low back pain and cough/rarewhat?

Get checked: Usually the uterus, tubes and ovaries are removed at age 61
if no cancer was found lymph gland probably not related
other illnesses can produce lymph gland prominence and back pain. ...Read more

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I coughed and feel a lower back pain?

I coughed and feel a lower back pain?

The actual mechanism: Of a cough can generate load across a disc that may lead to a tear of the outer layer of the disc known as the annulus or even lead to a herniation of the inner disc layer (nucleus polpulsus) through this. The cough could just lead to a muscle pull in the region too! If it persists or worsens, see your physician. ...Read more

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Can anybody give me advice about lower back pain due to excessive coughing?

Often back pain: That started with coughing or made worse with coughing is a related to disc issues, including bulging or herniated discs. Consider seeing someone who can diagnose back pain and get the correct imaging. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have some lower back pain when coughing or sneezing after microd/hemilaminotomy 3months after surgery? But otherwise there is no pain

Is it normal to have some lower back pain when coughing or sneezing after microd/hemilaminotomy 3months after surgery? But otherwise there is no pain

Back pain after surg: Spine surgery can lead to scar tissue within the spine. Coughing or sneezing causes increased pressure within the spinal canal. A discectomy leads to weakening of the outer disc wall and is prone to recurrent herniation if subjected to increased pressure. If you combine all these factors, it will be easy to understand why coughing or sneezing can cause more pain. If this pain radiates down the leg. ...Read more

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I smoked marijuana wax at too high of heat. I have been coughing a lot with severe lower back pain for days. Are the two likely related?

Likely: Smoking weed and lung damage are very likely to be related and you are probably unaware of the damage that is happening to your brain.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I have cancer and am receiving chemo. Last couple of days I have lower back pain, coughing and coughing up thick yellow mucus.

I have cancer and am receiving chemo. Last couple of days I have lower back pain, coughing and coughing up thick yellow mucus.

Be seen: There aren't enough details here, but if you are on chemotherapy that suppresses your immune system and not on a growth factor, you might be susceptible to febrile neuropenia and infection. Please be seen promptly by your treating oncologist. ...Read more

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Lower back pain, daily "muscle knots" in the back of both shoulders, occasional coughing and throat clearing...What is going on with me?

Several different: Things with your symptoms. See your doctor for an evaluation to sort out all of the various symptoms to come up with diagnoses and a treatment plan. ...Read more

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I have urinary incontinence lower back pain and feel like I have to urinate frequently defecateing and coughing up blood. What are the pos?

I have urinary incontinence lower back pain and feel like I have to urinate frequently defecateing and coughing up blood. What are the pos?

Go to the hospital: This could be a vast number of things. The incontinence and back pain could be anything from cauda equina syndrome to an abdominal mass, and with coughing up blood, it is even more concerning. I urge you to go to the er. If it is cauda equine, it is a surgical emergency, but this would not cause coughing up of blood. Have you been taking nsaids for your back? These can cause ulcers too. Go to er. ...Read more

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Having lower back pain and down legs. Have low grade fever. Does not hurt when moving only with breathes and coughing. Have been urinating more often?

Having lower back pain and down legs. Have low grade fever. Does not hurt when moving only with breathes and coughing. Have been urinating more often?

Hard to say: There are many potential causes, some quite benign and others more serious. A simple viral illness can cause aches and pain, a low grade fever, coughing, etc. But there are more severe problems that may begin with what you are describing as well. Consider being checked. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Fever, sore throat, neck pain, and lower back pain. 19 years old. Started suddenly. Pus pockets around tonsils. No coughing or other cold system.?

Fever, sore throat, neck pain, and lower back pain. 19 years old. Started suddenly. Pus pockets around tonsils. No coughing or other cold system.?

Need to be seen: You should really see a local doctor. Fever always indicates infection and yours sounds significant. I hope you can be seen soon (today) and that you get well soon. ...Read more

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What cause lower back pain?

Many reasons: Local infection, muscular strain/ sprain, ruptured disc, facet impingement, spondylolisthesis, sacro-iliac dysfnctn, lumbar stenosis, cauda equina syndrome, pyriformis syndrome. See doctor and evaluate all of these possibilities. ...Read more

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What can cause lower back pain?

See below: The list of individual conditions is too long. We can basically divide causes into 3 broad categories: boney causes, muscular causes and nerve causes. ...Read more

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What might cause lower back pain?

What might cause lower back pain?

Many possibilities.: There are many potential causes for low back pain. Common are: disk changes, smoking, sprains of ligaments, muscular strains and spasms, vitamin deficiencies, joint inflammation, altered walking or sitting patterns, lack of sleep, poor circulation in the spinal blood vessels, tumors, aortic aneurysms, trauma, and spinal deformities. ...Read more

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What can cause lower back pain in women?

What can cause lower back pain in women?

See below: Causes of back pain are not that much different than in men with a few exceptions. Disc problems, joint problems, muscle and ligament problems, postural problems, stress and emotional problems, depression can all be a cause or causes of back pain. In women, relaxation of thepelvic ligaments during pregnancy can cause problems. There are moreserious diseases that can cause back pain. Talk to yourdoc. ...Read more

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Can breaking wind cause lower back pain?

Funny & good Quest..: Funny question, but has an interesting answer. Breaking wind, like bearing down (valsalva maneuver) increase intradiscal pressure. If you have a disc herniation or disc tear, it can potentially make both of these worse.

Here's an article we wrote about disc bulging:
http://arizonapain. Com/pain-center/pain-conditions/bulging-disc/

here's another article about disc prolapse:
http://arizonapain. C. ...Read more

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What can cause lower back pain on one side?

Facet arthropathy: Thank you for your question. There are many potential causes of back pain. Among the more common causes of unilateral back pain are sacro-iliac joint problems, fact arthropathy, and spianl stenosis. Usually an exam and appropraite sudies can find the cause of your pain. ...Read more

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What can cause lower back pain for 3 months?

See below: Low back pain is usually multifactorial. You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...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