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Why does my back hurt when i cough?

Why does my back hurt when i cough?

Back pain from cough: Your lungs fill your chest cavity .When you cough, you take a deep breath in, then the vocal cords close. This causes a rapid increase in pressure within the chest cavity by contracting the muscles between the ribs and the diaphragm muscles. Then the vocal cords open to let the air out rapidly. The high pressure in the chest as well as the contraction of the muscles cause the back pain. ...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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Why does my back hurt when I cough? When I sit down its hard for me to be comfortable

Why does my back hurt when I cough? When I sit down its hard for me to be comfortable

May be a disc issue: Coughing, sneezing and bearing down to have a bowel movement may cause back pain or aggravate it if there is a disc problem. Sitting also places a higher load on the discs of the lower back as compared to standing or lying down. ...Read more

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Why does my back hurt when i cough, sneeze, or hold my breath. I hav'nt been sick recently or thrown out my back in 9 months?

Why does my back hurt when i cough, sneeze, or hold my breath. I hav'nt been sick recently or thrown out my back in 9 months?

Stress: Coughing and sneezing is an involuntary valsalva effect...Causing muscles that may be strained in the past to contact and this causes further strain..These muscle contractions can also briefly and forcefully impinge nerves which results in pain....Pain is your body telling you that something is wrong...It would be a good idea to see your family doc for a check-up and discussion of this problem. ...Read more

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Sharp, shooting pain on my right uper back hurt when i cough for the past 3 days no pick up any heavy thing or exercise following with fever too.

Sharp, shooting pain on my right  uper back  hurt when i cough for the past 3 days no pick up any heavy thing or exercise  following with fever too.

Muscle strain: It seems you have strained a trapezius muscle, pain is worse on movement, coughing, sneezing, and at night. Ice, massage and stretching with otc pain meds help. More you move your neck and back although gently faster it gets better. ...Read more

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Pain on my upper back hurt when i cough and take deep breath no fever, no flu or cold has been 2 days, what maybe be?

Pain on my upper back hurt when i cough and take deep breath no fever, no flu or cold has been 2 days, what maybe be?

Diaphragm pain: Irritation of the diaphragm from abdominal or chest can be referred toor felt in the shoulder. That is the muscle that expands the chest when you breathe. Coughing can be due to allergies, some medications, reflux, viral or bacterial illness among other things. I hope. ...Read more

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What is wrong with me when I have a cough and my ribs and upper back hurt when i cough/laugh/walk/play sports?

What is wrong with me when I have a cough and my ribs and upper back hurt when i cough/laugh/walk/play sports?

Rib pain...: Sometimes people develop rib fractures without even knowing. Herniated discs in the spine can also occur from strenuous activity. See your physician. An imaging study such as x-ray or MRI may be helpful. ...Read more

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Is it possible to cough so hard and so much that it can make your back hurt?

Is it possible to cough so hard and so much that it can make  your back hurt?

Yes: you can strain a muscle or even break a rib coughing. Sometimes you can have pain related to pneumonia as well though so if pain is significant it may be a good idea of have a chest x-ray taken. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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.

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Thoracic back pain, hurts to breathe, cough etc. What should I do?

Thoracic back pain, hurts to breathe, cough etc.  What should I do?

Cough and back pain: Symptoms of back pain, cough and pain with breathing suggests a respiratory or cardiac cause that could be potentially serious. The best approach is to see your healthcare provider and be evaluated for cardiac and respiratory disorders. I suspect a chest x-ray, ecg, and lung function tests would be a fairly routine place to start. Once identified, specific treatment can be given. ...Read more

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My chest hurts, I have a bad cough, back pain, it hurts to cough, eating makes me sick, and I have mucus. What do I have wrong? Its been there days.

My chest hurts, I have a bad cough, back pain, it hurts to cough, eating makes me sick, and I have mucus. What do I have wrong? Its been there days.

See your Dr.: Those symptoms make me think that you might have pneumonia. This is the time to go see a doctor and get checked. There are other causes as well but they are going to require physical exam. Go see your doctor. Now is the time. ...Read more

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Have severe back pain had spinal fusiontwo years ago should I go get a x-ray to see if screw came loose hurts to cough hurts to move?

Urgent Care: You should follow up with your primary care doctor so they can appropriately examine your back and order the appropriate test . Causes of back pain can include kidney stone..if pain is severe and it is not affecting your ability to walk or sudden loss of urine or stool your current go to urgent care center otherwise emergency room. Since he destroyed the pain is severe. If you cannot drive and if If you cannot drive and if you feel it is in a life-threatening emergency please call 911 ...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

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