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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

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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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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Lower back pain after sneezing. Hurts a lot to walk. Cant step with right leg without extreme pain in back. What did I do?

Lower back pain: Low back pain can have many causes. Rarely, back pain is caused by a potentially serious spinal condition, such as infection, fracture, or tumor, or a disorder called cauda equina syndrome, which causes weakness and bowel or bladder dysfunction as well as back pain. Back pain that is associated with leg pain, numbness, or weakness can be due to a herniated disc or spinal stenosis. Read more

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Low back pain with right thigh numbness and right arm/hand/wrist pain/numbness. Sneezing causes extreme aching pain in both arms. Thoughts on causes?

Low back pain with right thigh numbness and right arm/hand/wrist pain/numbness. Sneezing causes extreme aching pain in both arms. Thoughts on causes?

Spine specialist W/U: It coulb be from disc disease in your neck or high in the back creating some nerve root irritation from the sudden negative intrathoracic pressure created by the sneeze. When not sneezing the disc may look normal, which makes it very difficult to diagnose. The same phenomenon can result from a build up of bone (osteophytes) near the central canal or the foramen where the nerves travel. Read more

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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

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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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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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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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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

Dr. Walter Husar
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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