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Old 03-17-2011, 09:41 PM   #1
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coughing and back pain

I am 2 months (jan17 2011) out of L3-L5 fusion 2 rods 6 pins. I have been
walking to control the pain till 2 1/2 weeks I contact a cold got this horrible cough.every time I would cough or sneeze I would fill the pain in my hip or upper back. It has taken my pain level from a 6.5 to 10 of coarse now I know I have Pneumonia.
Has any one else had this happen? how long does it take for this pain to calm down.I tryed to walk a little today but I paid for it with pain!! I need to get back on the plan to get my Back in working order,what a setback!!!
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Old 03-18-2011, 11:07 AM   #2
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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.

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Re: coughing and back pain

I have to be careful of coughing, laughing, sneezing because it causes my nerve pain to worsen when I do them. These things are called valsalva maneuvers which increase the pressure around discs, so when one has a disc herniation, doing these things can cause acute worsening of pain during a sneeze, cough, etc. I have several herniations and a large one in my neck. I've had times where i coughed very hard and got awful pain along with large pins & needles across my entire upper back. When I stop coughing those symptoms go away.

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