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Doctor insights on: When I Cough Feel Asharp Pain At Base Of Spine

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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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Smoker w/ productive cough (clear) for 3+ mos. Severe pinpoint pain left of spine & medial of scapula w/ resps, cough, & movement. NSAIDs don't help.

Smoker w/ productive cough (clear) for 3+ mos. Severe pinpoint pain left of spine & medial of scapula w/ resps, cough, & movement. NSAIDs don't help.

Time for X-ray or ct: Three months is a long time to have a cough. Antitussives Usually it might be helpful but after three months I would recommend more radiographic information to rule out anything significant particularly lung cancer or lung mass. ...Read more

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I have a neck and spine pain that hurts more when I move my neck along with a cough and peasized glands in my neck could this be lymphoma I'm so scared?

I have a neck and spine pain that hurts more when I move my neck along with a cough and peasized glands in my neck could this be lymphoma I'm so scared?

Unlikely: The symptoms you describe do not in any way suggest a lymphoma. Pea sized lymph nodes are very common in young people and usually not a cause for concern. If you have multiple hard (like hard rubber) lymph nodes that are not tender, be sure to get them checked. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in my upper mid back in between my spine and right scapula. Nagging deep cough for a week feel congestion in lower rt lung when I cough?

Sharp pain in my upper mid back in between my spine and right scapula. Nagging deep cough for a week feel congestion in lower rt lung when I cough?

Nagging cough: You need a chest xray to rule out pneumonia. As well as other sources of your pain. If it was not for your cough then one could consider your gallbladder as a source. Doubtful this time. ...Read more

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Bone cancer that has spread to lungs. Would symtoms be severe at this point? Waiting for scan for spine pain, now developing cough, fatgue, worse pain.

Bone cancer that has spread to lungs. Would symtoms be severe at this point? Waiting for scan for spine pain, now developing cough, fatgue, worse pain.

It depends: Small lung metastases from osteosarcoma may be asymptomatic. Larger ones may produce a severe cough and shortness of breath. Nowadays we are getting many good results with chemotherapy even when osteosarcoma has spread to the lungs. ...Read more

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M, 52 coughing leading to spine & headache, weightloss 7kg, sumtimes blood on coughing, anxiety, mild fever, cough in lungs. On meds but of no avail 3months?

M, 52 coughing leading to spine & headache, weightloss 7kg, sumtimes blood on coughing, anxiety, mild fever, cough in lungs. On meds but of no avail 3months?

On meds?: What meds are those?
Coughing up blood is a serious symptom/ sign...
Inside or outside of the usa, you need a medical doctor check you for an active case of tuberculosis infection, as this could be treatable, but presents a public health issue when not treated - see a medical doctor urgently. ...Read more

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Upper back pain between shoulder blade and spine, hurts when breathing in deeply. Slight mucus producing cough, what could it be?

Upper back pain between shoulder blade and spine, hurts when breathing in deeply. Slight mucus producing cough, what could it be?

Pleurisy: Sometimes if there's inflammation in the lungs due to infection il it might involve the outer lining of the lung which is called the pleura. If The pleura becomes irritated then you could have "pleurisy" which can cause pain in the chest when you take a deep breath. If you have a fever and the symptoms persist you should have this checked out by your physician ...Read more

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Why do I have chronic back pain in my spine neck shoulders tingling and twitching of my toe on my left side and it hurts when I cough?

Why do I have chronic back pain in my spine neck shoulders tingling and twitching of my toe on my left side and it hurts when I cough?

Back ; Neck?: Sounds like you have both neck problems that may be contributing to your shoulders and back problems causing your toes to tingle. Recommend seeing a spine specialist to evaluate these options further. ...Read more

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Would lung cancer have to invade spine to cause pain in upper back? Present for 1yr. Mri of throastic ok. My chest feels bubbly/sm cough recently.

Would lung cancer have to invade spine to cause pain in upper back? Present for 1yr. Mri of throastic ok. My chest feels bubbly/sm cough recently.

Not necessarily: Tumor invasion into ribs or chest wall or tumor irritating the lung lining (pleura) can cause pain in the back or shoulder blade region. ...Read more

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I have had small red bumps on my back along my spine for a month or so. I currently have a sinus infection and bad cough. The bumps have become itchy.

I have had small red bumps on my back along my spine for a month or so. I currently have a sinus infection and bad cough. The bumps have become itchy.

Dermatitis: The rash on your back may be due to cintact dermatitisor possibly sweat dermatitis caused by your sinus infection which may be making you perspire. Try to dressin cool pajamas and use a moisturizer for your back. ...Read more

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I have a bad croup cough, especially at night. I am having trouble breathing and am wheezing. I also have. Pain in my lower stomach and spine. Help!?!

I have a bad croup cough, especially at night. I am having trouble breathing and am wheezing. I also have. Pain in my lower stomach and spine. Help!?!

See a doctor ASAP: Go to an er if necessary but see somebody immediately. If you are in respiratory distress and it worsens you may be in a life-threatening situation quickly and beyond help on an acute basis. Get seen and interrupt this now. ...Read more

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Doc wants me onsteroid. Muscle pain both legs. Am cn hardly walk. Pain 2 cough. Few days hard 2 stand/lower back spine. Laying good.. alieve nohelp?

Doc wants me onsteroid. Muscle pain both legs. Am cn hardly walk. Pain 2 cough. Few days hard 2 stand/lower back spine. Laying good.. alieve nohelp?

Bulging disk?: If this just started the last couple days and if the pain in your back and legs worsens with coughing, one common cause of such pain is a herniated disk. Are you having difficulty with standing due to pain, or due to weakness? If it's due to weakness, or if there's any changes with your bowel or bladder control, you should go to the emergency room. Feel free to message me to discuss further. ...Read more

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Lower back, legs, spine and shoulders hurt. Temp of 100.5, woke up with cough and sore throat/lungs. Dull headache. Had a flu shot. Any ideas?

Lower back, legs, spine and shoulders hurt. Temp of 100.5, woke up with cough and sore throat/lungs. Dull headache. Had a flu shot. Any ideas?

Sounds like flu symp: Even though u have had a flu shot u r not sure of 100% protection from the flu. Treat it as such. But if u r not improving or develop new symptoms such as neck pain with head movement or neck flexion, c ur pcp right away. ...Read more

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My 3yr old has this intermittent painful lump behind her rt ear, at the base of her jaw. Took antibiotics but came back. No cough & colds, no drainage.

My 3yr old has this intermittent painful lump behind her rt ear, at the base of her jaw. Took antibiotics but came back. No cough & colds, no drainage.

Rule out dental: If she had this issue resolve a bit with antibiotics and then it came back then take her to a dentist or pediatric dentist to rule out oral infection. Once that has been ruled out and the lump is still there then take her to a pediatrician for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Pain above rt eye, starts where eye and nose meet & goes up over eyebrow into forehead, & in back of neck at base of skull. Cough & motion, pain worse?

Pain above rt eye, starts where eye and nose meet & goes up over eyebrow into forehead, & in back of neck at base of skull. Cough & motion, pain worse?

Please call provider: This would need entailed evaluation by your physician. It could be benign as tension and migraine headaches but it could also be due to serious medical condition that needs urgent medical attention ...Read more

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Pain in left ribcage worse when moving or with pressure. Pain at base of spine. Loose stool 5 days. Slight nausea. Very worried?

Pain in left ribcage worse when moving or with pressure. Pain at base of spine. Loose stool 5 days. Slight nausea. Very worried?

Diarrhea: If the discomfort and tenderness are just below the left rib cage and with loose stools, this suggests inflammation in the descending colon such as seen in viral infection, inflammatory bowel disease and, less likely, diverticulitis. A viral gastroenteritis is most likely and resolves in a few days without specific treatment except rest, avoidance of harsh roughage, good fluid intake. See your MD if ...Read more

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I have a bad headache, pressure behind my eyes, head hurts when I shake it. I may have fever and pain at base of spine and down the back of my thighs?

I have a bad headache, pressure behind my eyes, head hurts when I shake it. I may have fever and pain at base of spine and down the back of my thighs?

Headache and fever: Please kindly seek medical attention by going to emergency room or at-least contact your own primary care physician as fever and headache can be detrimental. This could be just a viral infection as well but it's important to have a proper evaluation to ensure proper management. ...Read more

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Coughing cold with achy upper spine and neck?

Coughing cold with achy upper spine and neck?

U may have some arth: U may very well have some minor arthritis in ur neck & tspine. Coughing is quite violent if severe and increased intradickal pressures rise, as well as some flex/ext 2 these areas also. If it goes away when ur cough stops no worry. Wait it out, and c ur pcp if coughing up yellow/greenish junk as it may b bacterial and treatable. The muppet guy died from a treatable pneumonia. I think it was pplo. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have two hard lumps at the very base of your spine?

Is it normal to have two hard lumps at the very base of your spine?

Varies: There are a number of possibilities, some quite normal but I would encourage you to be checked if you have any concern. One example of a relatively normal condition like what you are describing involves the si joints. These joints are near the bottom of you spine on each side. They normally do have a small bursa over each of them and I have had patients come to be checked, but they are normal. ...Read more

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I feel sharp, tingling pain in the base of my spine. What does this indicate?

I feel sharp, tingling pain in the base of my spine. What does this indicate?

Back pain.: Typical location of lower back pain. Typically associated with some type of physical activity or trauma. Spontaneous resolution regardless of treatment is normal course. If severe pain should be evaluated by md. ...Read more

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I have swelling at base of spine. I did not fall. Came on fast - overnight.

I have swelling at base of spine. I did not fall. Came on fast - overnight.

Hard to say: It is hard to say, there are many potential causes. It is unusual to have a spine related complaint in and of itself, so it is a little more likely it is something in the area. A bursa is a structure that can be inflamed and swollen in the area, an abcess can also cause atraumatic swelling. I would encourage you to be checked. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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I have a huge knot at the base of my neck. And there's a smaller one further up my neck. The huge knot never goes away and it's right where my spine?

I have a huge knot at the base of my neck. And there's a smaller one further up my neck. The huge knot never goes away and it's right where my spine?

Normal anatomy: This is a very frequent question and for most patients, the "knot" at the base of the neck is normal anatomy - the spinous processes of C7 and t1 are larger than the adjacent spinous processes, which gives the illusion of a knot. Patients never notice that until they start having pain and reach back there. Your smaller knot may very well be a spinous process also. See an md if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Does any one know of any recent break thru or studies on reconstruction of nerves in the base of the spine.?

Does any one know of any recent break thru or studies on reconstruction of nerves in the base of the spine.?

No breakthroughs but: There is a tremendous amount of basic research and actual clinical work concerning stem cell and gene therapy as well as further understanding of growth factors as well as the underlying changes or pathophysiology that occurs with nerve injury or damage with the thrust of research looking how to minimize this "damage" cellular environment while at the same time learning how to promote repair. ...Read more

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Constant pain near base of spine and top of glute?

Constant pain near base of spine and top of glute?

Be seen: There are a lot of structures in that area that can cause pain including the intervertebral discs, the lumbar facet joints, and the SI joints. If it is causing you a lot of trouble, I would not hesitate to be seen and a detailed exam and appropriate studies can usually determine the cause. ...Read more