last wed i coughed and sneezed at the same time and when i went to get up i could barely stand on my 2 feet, couldnt sit, walk, stand or even lay down and i felt something pull in my lower back and i felt a bump on my lower back like in the middle. what did i do now?
14 Feb 2012
Hi, it is possible to create muscular damage/strain by what you have described, it the coughing and sneezing was severe enough. I know a friend who broke his back having a seizure, but obviously a seizure includes much more aggressive movement. If you have a back condition already, then it is more likely to cause a problem. If the pain is unbearable, you should contact your doctor. Otherwise, i would suggest giving it a couple of days, and taking OTC pain relief/topical gels, and seeing if it eases. I hope you feel better soon!
15 Feb 2012
Yes, yes and yes. You can do awful things to your back (sorry), by coughing, sneezing, and not all at once. You can also hurt your back by bending stretching etc. It all depends on the health of your back. You can pop a disc by the smallest of movements, (generally it was an accident waiting to happen). Chances are you probably just pulled some muscles. I would ice your back for several days to get rid of swelling and spasms, and get through the "acute" phase before you bother with a doctor and more medical bills. They simply can't help you until they know if you actually did damage or you just pulled some muscles. Good luck, I hope that you only pulled some muscles!!!
14 Feb 2012
My friend Delila hit the nail on the head! I did this last week, picking up a bag of dog food out of the trunk of my car. (That's a no no for me) Thougt I had broke another vetrebrae or ruptured a disc again. Slowly after almost a week it is getting better. I use heating pad, I hate ice, but if there is swelling you should use ice first , & alternate with heat.I also have pain meds & Flexeril which is a muscle relaxer. Works wonders for a pulled muscle. They hurt worse than an actual back injury, but if you are afraid you have done something serious to your back please see your doc & get an x-ray. ... Mary
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