• denise denise
    January 04, 2011
    Can coughing or sneezing cause back pain?
    denise denise
    January 04, 2011

    I am a 46-year-old female who has osteoporosis. I have started having severe pain in my lower spine when I cough or sneeze. What could be wrong? 

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  • Christina Lasich, MD
    Health Pro
    January 05, 2011
    Christina Lasich, MD
    Health Pro
    January 05, 2011

    Coughing, laughing and sneezing cause an increased amount of pressure in the spinal discs. If a disc is herniated or torn, then the increased, sudden pressure will cause severe back pain. One strategy is to lean up against the wall or squeeze against a pillow to add increased support while coughing, laughing and sneezing.

     Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

     

    Here are some other links you might help you as you're dealing with your conditions:

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    • denise
      January 06, 2011
      denise
      January 06, 2011

      hi, i already have osteoporosis in my lower spine. For the past few months i have chronic pain in my hip ans wrists i was wondering could i now have it in these bones also?I have not taken HRT for over 10yrs now as my body didnt agree with it. Somedays i cannot move my back or any part of my body and i feel crippled with it. I feel my gp has not helped me in the past, do you recommend anything? thankyou.

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    • Christina Lasich, MD
      January 06, 2011
      Christina Lasich, MD
      Health Pro
      January 06, 2011

      If you are known to have osteoporosis, then your pain could also be caused by a vertebral body fracture because the same flexion, loading forces from coughing, laughing, sneezing can not only cause disc pain but also bone pain. An x-ray would be a most helpful aid for making a diagnosis and  screening for a fracture.

       

      Pain from osteoporosis can be treated in many different ways. If your GP is not helping you, then find someone who will.

       

      Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

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