Severe Lower Back Pain When Sneezing Or Coughing


Asked by denise

Severe Lower Back Pain When Sneezing Or Coughing

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?


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.

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You should know: The answer above provides general health information that is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment recommendations from a qualified healthcare professional.