What Does It Mean When You've Been Coughing A Lot And Your Back Hurts In Middle When You Breathe?

iStock

Question

Asked by tina

I've been coughing a lot and now my middle back hurts when I breathe. What could this be?

Answer

Coughing regularly can itself cause back pain. "Smoker's cough" for instance is often associated with back pain caused by muscle strain. If you're not a smoker and you're still coughing a lot then you could have some lung issues and you should see a doctor for that. Pain when you breathe in can also be associated with some heart issues. All in all you should get this checked by a doctor.

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.

See more helpful articles:

Severe Lower Back Pain When Coughing or Sneezing

Can Bronchitis Settle into Someone's Back and Cause Pain

How Exercise Improves Pain Tolerance