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    Brief Medical History Overview

    Age: 24, Female, Presenting Problem Since: Over a week, Symptom Behaviour: Got worse but it is now constant, Symptoms Worse (24hr Behaviour): Same throughout, Aggravating Factors:: Bending over and putting strain through at same time i.e picking up objects from floor, No Investigations, No Diabetes, No history of High Blood Pressure, No Medications, No Osteoporosis, No Hx of Cancer, No Unexplained Weight Loss, No Bowel/Bladder issues

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    Lumbar, Spine - Posterior

    Lower back pain when bending or sneezing

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    Hello,

    I have been suffering with lower back for over a week now and I am not sure whether or not I need to see someone regarding it or not. I can walk absolutely fine I only get the pain when I curve/bend forward e.g to touch toes/ put shoes on or to get up and down off the sofa. I also get a short flash of the same pain when I sneeze or cough.

    Any help on what to do to ease the pain or whether I should go see someone would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks

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    Re: Lower back pain when bending or sneezing

    It's kinda hard to decide how serious is the pain. However, since you haven't mention pain radiating downward to buttock or the legs, i'm assuming it doesn't involve any nerve problem.
    I would suggest the following :
    1) if u think there is a partly muscle problem, u could always use hot pack to relax the area then have someone to gently massage those painful area. (unless you have any open wound, tumors , cancer, or infected problem with risk of spreading, then DON'T heat and massage)
    2) there is a technique for simple back pain. try bending forward until you have moderate pain at moderate speed repeatedly , say maybe 10 times. pay attention to the quality of pain. if the pain gradually improves or painful area decreases as you repeat bending, then it means it is a suitable movement to do as an exercise for your back pain. If u notice the pain hasn't change a bit, but you are able to bend down more and not getting more pain , then it is also good to do as an exercise. On the other hand, if the pain worsen or pain starts to radiate downward, then stop immediately.
    if bending forward doesn't help, you can try bending backward with the same approach.
    Base on experience, i would guess bending forward is more likely to help you. Keep in mind that this is based on the limited information you have provided and without a complete assessment.
    As an exercise , you could do it 3 times of 10~15 time each, with small rests in between as needed. ~ 6 to 8 times a day.

    You should try to resolve it within 6 weeks , because the longer you have the pain the more likely it will become a chronic problem. seek physio treatment if it doesnt get better.



    **What I described in no.2 is a way for you to test what exercise to do that may help you. Do not go straight ahead and do the repeated bending without carefully monitor and think about how your symptom changes when you are testing it.


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    Re: Lower back pain when bending or sneezing

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    Re: Lower back pain when bending or sneezing

    That can be because of gastric or due to low glucose levels in the body?
    May I know will the pain come after eating or before going to sleep?


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    Re: Lower back pain when bending or sneezing

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    Hi Barge1003,
    There is really not enough information to go by. But sharp back pain with coughing may sometimes indicate a lumbar disc related problem or sciatica. Although you did not mention any pain going down you leg which is usually a feature of sciatica-type back pain.
    I have recently written an article to help people identify if they have sciatica. Either way if this is still a problem no online advice will substitute a visit to a physiotherapist or doctor. Here is the article on sciatica and back pain. Hope it clarifies a few things for you



 
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