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What causes my chest and back to feel like someone just shot my body with a thousand needles when I sneeze?

What causes my chest and back to feel like someone just shot my body with a thousand needles when I sneeze?

? nerve: One theory: if you have an underlying neck or back problem such as a herniated disc, sudden movements such as sneezing or coughing can potentially cause the disc to exert pressure at the nerve and cause pain. Another thought: if you are experiencing concurrent cold symptoms source of pain could be pulmonary. Talk to your doctor regardless. ...Read more

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A semi-autonomous, convulsive expulsion of air from the lungs through the nose and mouth, usually caused by foreign particles irritating the nasal mucosa. A sneeze expels air forcibly from the mouth and nose in an explosive, spasmodic involuntary action resulting chiefly from irritation of the nasal ...Read more


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When i sneeze i feel like thousands of pins and needles through out my chest and into my upper arm its not a regular thing but it is very painful when it happens

When i sneeze i feel like thousands of pins and needles through out my chest and into my upper arm its not a regular thing but it is very painful when it happens

Disc related?: Sometimes, sensory symptoms occur with sneezing when there is a herniated or slipped disc. The disc puts pressure on the nerves that serve the area where you are having symptoms. A prior neck injury might increase your risk of degenerative changes that cause nerve compression, made more pronounced with sneezing. I think it's reasonable to have this checked out by your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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What happens if i sneeze and it feels like I have needles in my chest?

What happens if i sneeze and it feels like I have needles in my chest?

Costochondritis: You have inflammation in the chest that hurts to sneeze or cough or breathe. As long as it is not a squeezing type of pain or associated with exertion you should be ok. Try some Motrin 600 or 800 mg three times a day and it should feel better in a few days. If you haven't had a complete physical at you age you should have one. Feel better! ...Read more

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I get pins and needles in my chest whenever i sneeze. They radiate across my shoulders, neck, face and lips and can last up to 5 minutes at a time.

I get pins and needles in my chest whenever i sneeze. They radiate across my shoulders, neck, face and lips and can last up to 5 minutes at a time.

Neck pain?: Do you suffer from any neck pain? If so get it evaluated, you may have disc disease or arthritis in your neck impinging on a nerve that can result in those sensations. ...Read more

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What could cause the left side of my chest straight through to my back hurt? It hurts when I breathe , cough, sneeze.... it's just painful

What could cause the left side of my chest straight through to my back hurt? It hurts when I breathe , cough, sneeze.... it's just painful

Several Things: Left-sided chest pain that radiates through to your back includes, from less to more concerning, gas and indigestion, musculoskeletal strain or inflammation, pneumonia, collapsed lung, pancreatitis, heart attack and aortic dissection. In the setting of recent trauma, splenic rupture would be considered also. Depending on your age and risk factors, any of these become more or less likely. ...Read more

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What causes sudden chest and back pain when sneezing ?

What causes sudden chest and back pain when sneezing ?

Inflammation: A lot of the time there is inflammation of the chest wall and this may be termed costochondritis. Once your symptoms improve the pain should go away. You may take some over the counter Motrin for relief. ...Read more

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What are the causes of chest and back pain when sneezing?

Depends on your age: Generally at young age you are not expected to have any pain. As you get older and tissues are not as strong will cause pain, sneezing, such as cough the produces a lot of force within the chest cavity, and within the spine. This produces stress on the ribs or back and causes pain, with osteoporosis. However the most common cause of back pain is bulging disc which is pushed out more. ...Read more

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Is it common to have body aches after sneezing? I experience a burning and tingling sensation in my chest and back after sneezing, and arm pain.

Is it common to have body aches after sneezing?  I experience a burning and tingling sensation in my chest and back after sneezing, and arm pain.

See a doctor ASAP: This suggests that you are having neurological symptoms as a result of pressure in your head/brain or your cervical spine and you need urgent detailed evaluation. See a neurologist STAT. Go to an ER if necessary. Hope this works out well. ...Read more

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