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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
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
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
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.
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?
What is wrong with me when I have a cough and my ribs and upper back hurt when i cough/laugh/walk/play sports?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer