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Pain In Back When Coughing
May not be related: Sounds like you are taking antibiotics to treat a respiratory tract infection. One way your infection and back pain may be related is if the infection traveled to your spine. Or you may have had a back condition such as a disc herniation which can become painful by coughing, as well as by sneezing and forceful laughing. Mention it to your doctor if not getting better. ...Read more
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
Referred pain: When you cough you increase the pressure in your chest and your neck and head. If you have coughed a lot, you can strain muscles in the chest which can be painful. This increased pressure can also disturb nerves in the neck which supply the back and cause referred pain. If persistent see your family doctor for analysis and treatment. ...Read more
Tingling sensation in my upper chest, and pain in upper back when coughing. I have asthma, am on montelukast, and use an inhaler. Should I be worried?
Yes: This may indicate that your asthma is not under good control . Monetlukast works on only about 50% of the people and may not be enough even if it is effective. You need to see your doctor to find out if an inhaled steroid +/- a long-acting bronchodilator may be a better choice. Do note that tobacco smoking often makes anti-asthma treatment less effective. ...Read more
I was stretching and felt a pop in my neck. Neck was stiff for a week. I get a pain in my back when i cough/swallow. Can it b related? Had a cough 2wk
Neck Pop: Although anything is possible, your symptoms are not likely to be related. Stiff neck and related "pop" are probably neck muscle strain. Pain in the back could be related to the cough. Probably not related to each other unless the coughing is quite violent with a lot of head movement. ...Read more
Very congested in my chest,Feel pain in my back when I cough, sneeze,feel short of breath when I exert myself.Does it sound like bronchitis.?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have pain in my lower right back when coughing. (have had chronic cough for over a year.) should I be concerned- could it just be a pulled muscle?
Pleuritis: Inflammation of the lining of your lung, or inflammation itself in the lung may cause this type of pain. See your health care provider to assure you do not have a bacterial infection causing your symptoms/inflammation, with coughing, so that if medications are needed, etc, you can start them and start to get better sooner. Best wishes. ...Read more