Ah Chew! If that sneeze hurt your low back, then you have found the right place to learn more about surviving cold and flu season with low back pain . Coughing and sneezing can really hurt. A week of doing either one can be agonizing. Why does it hurt the low back so much when the upper respiratory system is irritated? And what are some things that you can do to survive a cold or flu with less pain?
That sudden cough, sneeze or laugh (for that matter) does one thing to a lumbar disc that can cause a sudden increase in pain. Research has shown that the mere acting of coughing, sneezing or laughing increases the amount of pressure in the lumbar disc . If the disc is already torn, bulged or herniated, the act of coughing or sneezing can be a very painful experience. And Lord have mercy if the coughing or sneezing happens more than once. In fact, someone might be minding his/her own business enjoying a pain-free life when suddenly an innocent sneeze leads to months of debilitating lo...
Back pain - nonspecific
Low back pain
Pain in any part of the back
Pain may radiate to the buttocks or upper leg(s)
Signs and tests
A physical examination focused on the back, the abdomen, and the extremities may confirm back pain or muscle spasm , but the examination does not reveal a specific cause (such as a herniated disk) or any neurological problem (such as weakness or change in sensation).
X-rays of the spine are usually normal. Further work-up may include a CT scan or MRI of the spine .
Walk this Way As someone with lifelong asthma, my upper and lower back are places that hold an extreme amount of tension. This is not uncommon for asthma sufferers. After a bad bout of bronchitis, my back and chest can hurt for weeks. Even during daily activities, I may notice chest heaviness on an allergic day. Back tightness is ever present. So, keeping my back, spine, chest and lungs healthy is a top priority. Sometimes the back has its own way of telling you what to do however, and major discomfort or spasm forces the body to stop, rest and regroup. Within the last ten years I've only had two lower back "incidents," by that I mean back-spasms. One was before my first alumni reunion weekend in Vermont. I woke up and I couldn't stand up straight. I went to my family chiropractor who gave me an adjustment and I was able to attend the weekend. The second incident occurred after I was lifting a television set (I know, I know). I felt my ba...
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