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...
Most pain regimens start with acetaminophen (brand name: Tylenol) or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID, pronounced EN-sed). Mild but persistent discomfort, such as breast and underarm surgery pain, can usually be managed by these medications alone.
There are many NSAIDs, including:
ibuprofen (brand names: Advil, Motrin, Nuprin)
naproxen (brand names: Naprosyn, Naprolan)
naproxen sodium (brand names: Aleve, Anaprox)
ketoprofen (brand name: Orudis)
indomethacin (brand name: Indocin)
piroxicam (brand name: Feldene)
nabumetone (brand name: Relafen)
The response to NSAIDs varies from person to person and medication to medication. If pain doesn't lessen or end when you use one NSAID, that doesn't mean it won't improve if you try another.
You may need to try different NSAIDs before finding the right one for your pain. Never take more than the maximum dose recommended by the manufacturer. If you're taking aspirin, Coumadin (chemical name: warfarin), or other blood thinners, or if...
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