Re: coughing and back pain
As you have learned, coughing a lot can cause a setback. I think for now you need to concentrate on getting rid of the pneumonia and cough, rest a lot, drink lots of water, and just take it easy. Once this is cleared up, you can begin building your core muscles again, start walking, and hopefully you will see progress.
I know a setback like this is terribly depressing. Just remember that this was unavoidable and it will get better. Patience is what is needed now, so don't try to push yourself.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Lumbar surgery x 7 over the last 30 years.
cervical fusion...2 levels
medtronic pain pump implanted
Last surgery Oct, 2010, 3 levels