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Dr. TORY MCJUNKIN Dr. MCJUNKIN
Pain Management
15 years in practice
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
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Is it true that coughing too much can cause back pain?

Is it true that coughing too much can cause back pain?

Coughing back pain: Yes coughing too much can cause: 1. Muscle strain 2. Muscle spasm 3. Disc abnormality (herniation, bulge, tear...) 4. Facet joint irritation (whiplash joint) if it persists, it is probably time to see a doctor. Weakness, nausea, vomiting, fever, bowel or bladder changes would be very worrisome symptoms if you have those as well.

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Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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What causes fever, chills, cough, and back pain on the right side?

What causes fever, chills, cough, and back pain on the right side?

Pneumonia: Pneumonia. Pneumonia caused by lung cancer. Pleurisy. Several serious conditions that should be evaluated in person by your physician.

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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Can Micardis (telmisartan) cause side effects such as a bad cough & back pain?

Yes: Back pain -- up to 3 percent, unexplained swelling of the head or neck (including the face, lips, tongue, or throat) could cause coughing.

Dr. Terrence Cohen Dr. Cohen
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
42 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Can telmisartan (micardis) cause side effects such as a bad cough and back pain?

Unlikely: A dry cough is a rare side effect of this class of medications. I would look for other causes of back pain and cough which are more likely.

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Dr. Bennett Werner Dr. Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
40 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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Is it possible that telmisartan (micardis) cause side effects such as a bad cough & back pain?

Possible: It's possible. The only way to know for sure is to stop the med, wait for the side effects to resolve, and then reintroduce the med.

Dr. Boris Aronzon Dr. Aronzon
Anesthesiology
20 years in practice
Saint Petersburg State Pediatric Medical Academy
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Dr. Ron Jones Dr. Jones
Family Medicine
41 years in practice
Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
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Dr. Vahe Yetimyan Dr. Yetimyan
General Practice
47 years in practice
University of Istanbul Faculty of Medicine
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Can stress cause a GERD flare up, despite daily dose of Pantoprazole? If so would it cause left side back pain, and would whitish flem come up my throat? My throat has been dry because of this but I have no cough.

Can stress cause a GERD flare up, despite daily dose of Pantoprazole? If so would it cause left side back pain, and would whitish flem come up my throat? My throat has been dry because of this but I have no cough.

Stress can increase: Acid formation in the stomach despite the pantoprazole. Increased acid formation needs to be neutralized with medication managment. Increased acid in the stomach can cause laryngo-pharyngeal reflux followed with throat discomfort. I hope this helps. If you want to discuss my answer to your question or if you have more questions contact me on my Virtual Practice at www. Healthtap. Com/dryetimyan

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Dr. Susan Arnoult Dr. Arnoult
Family Medicine
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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Cough with back pain?

Cough with back pain?

Muscle pain others: When you cough you use the muscles of the chest and back and too much coughing can tire the muscles and can make them painful, also what causes the cough like viral or bacterial infection of lungs or bronchi can also cause headaches, body and back pains, you may get pain in the back of chest if you have pnumonia with or without pleurisy can cause pain in back of chest.

Dr. Lauren Elson Dr. Elson
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
12 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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Lower rt back pain started 3 days ago and getting more severe. Meds and massage don't help. Hurts to move, including cough. What can I do for relief?

Lower rt back pain started 3 days ago and getting more severe. Meds and massage don't help. Hurts to move, including cough. What can I do for relief?

See physiatrist: A physiatrist can help identify the cause of your symptoms and recommend a treatment plan. If it is determined to be related to the spine, a brief course of steroids to decrease inflammation, followed by a course of physical therapy to relieve pressure and improve the condition of the surrounding muscles may be warranted.

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Dr. Nathaniel Drourr Dr. Drourr
Pain Management
25 years in practice
State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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When my fiance cough's he has lost control of his bowl. Not all the way but enough to change his cloths, because of back pain. He got hurt at work.

When my fiance cough's he has lost control of his bowl. Not all the way but enough to change his cloths, because of back pain. He got hurt at work.

Back injury: This very well can be a bulging disc that is affecting the nerves to his anus. If this worsens he may need more urgent care for his back. The family doctor should be consulted tomorrow.

Dr. Cornelius Dooley Dr. Dooley
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
National University of Ireland University College at Dublin
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Dr. Eric Weisman Dr. Weisman
Neurology
32 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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What to do if I have back pain when I sneeze and cough! : (?

What to do if I have back pain when I sneeze and cough! : (?

Tell your doctor: That's a start. Might want to get some x-rays. (broken rib, disc problem, etc).

Dr. Qamar Khan Dr. Khan
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Sunil Mehra Dr. Mehra
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
40 years in practice
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Could a cough lead to upper back pain?

Could a cough lead to upper back pain?

Yes: Most likely secondary to muscle strain or if cough is due to pneumonia, then pleuritic chest or back pain depending on part of lung involved.

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Dr. Aj Rastogi Dr. Rastogi
Pain Management
14 years in practice
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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Is it actually true that cough syrup with codeine will help my back pain?

It might....: But you are ingesting a lot of other compounds that you don't need to combat back pain. Would discuss with a pain specialist to ensure that you take more "pure" medications that help reduce your pain without other additives such cough suppressants. He/she may also discuss other techniques/options that lessen reliance on medications.

Dr. Phillip Goebel Dr. Goebel
Emergency Medicine
12 years in practice
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
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Back Pain on right side radiates to the front lower rib area. Hurts when I breath or cough. Hurts to lay down even.

Get evaluated: You should have your chest pain evaluated by a physician in person. Several serious conditions could be causing those symptoms including pneumonia, blood clots in your lung, tumors, and gallstones. Less serious causes like viruses or muscle tears/spasms could also be the source. Best to have a professional help you sort it out.

Dr. Paul Williams Dr. Williams
Family Medicine
31 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Have chest pain 4 days. If I cough or move certain ways it hurts. Today II have back pain not sure if related. I don't have any upper resp signs.?

Have chest pain 4 days. If I cough or move certain ways it hurts. Today II have back pain not sure if related. I don't have any upper resp signs.?

Chest pain/back pain: Pain in the chest with movement or coughing can sometimes be pleurisy -inflammation of the lining of the chest. Doesn't sound cardiac. You can try an antiinflammatory medication to see if it helps - if you develop a fever it could be the signs of an early pneumonia and chest pain associated with exertion is worrisome for cardiac issues and should be evaluated by a doctor.

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