Why Does Sneezing Cause Sharp Lower Abdominal Pain?

Sneezing is one of the most common phenomena that we experience on a daily basis. Sneezing can be caused due to a variety of reasons and is most cases it does not cause potential harm to your body. However, at times, sneezing can result in pain and irritation in different parts of the body.

These are resolved quickly but can cause sharp pain when they occur, sometimes it can also be unbearable. Sneezing can cause different kinds of issues in the abdominal region which can indicate a lot of underlying medical issues. A sharp pain in the lower abdominal area is experienced by many people. What is the cause for this pain? Does it indicate something serious? Let us have a look in this article.

What Kind Of Abdominal Pain Is Experienced Due to Sneezing?

Abdominal pain caused by sneezing is experienced by many. The intensity of the pain the abdomen depends on where it is occurring. But, the pain generally varies from being a gentle stomach pain to unbearable and sharp acute pain as well. People have stated that they experience pain that feels like cramps, pain in a particular area and at times even a pain all over the abdomen.

In many cases, there are other symptoms associated with this pain which may worsen the situation. Therefore it is recommended that if a person is suffering from pain due to sneezing continuously, to visit a doctor and carry out a full check-up to diagnose any underlying medical issues.

Why Does Sneezing Cause Sharp Lower Abdominal Pain?

Why Does Sneezing Cause Sharp Lower Abdominal Pain?

Sneezing is a common reflex of our body which the upper respiratory tract relies on to get rid of different irritants. The muscles in the abdomen, diaphragm and the rib muscles are collectively responsible to allow your body to sneeze. But if the muscles are completely put into use because of continuous sneezing, the muscles tend to get sore and tired. This is when the pain in the abdomen arise.

Sneezing results in the increase in pressure around the abdominal region, in this case, the lower abdomen. Due to the pressure build up, an increased pressure is transmitted to the abdominal wall. So the people feel a painful sensation which is at times mild but can also be sharp.

Other than this, sneezing is not responsible for any kind of pain in the lower abdomen or any portion of it. However, sneezing can worsen the pain which one is already experiencing in the abdomen. Since the pain has already weakened the muscles, sneezing puts extra stress on these muscles.

Causes Of Continuous Sneezing

Sneezing can be caused due to a lot of different reasons. But the two most important reasons why people tend to sneeze continuously are – allergies and flu.

Allergies – One of the common symptoms of allergy is sneezing. Those who are allergic to particular things will continue to experience the symptoms of allergy even when they are pregnant. Allergies can be of various types like dust, pollen, pet dander, seasonal allergy etc. Sometimes sneezing because of allergies can also result in respiratory problems like asthma. The sneeze can be intense and result in significant pain in the lower abdomen if it happens constantly.

Cold and Flu – throughout the year many people suffer from cold and flu in different seasons of the year. Cold and flu, even though can be cured easily with the help of medicines and effective diagnosis, it can cause serious coughing and sneezing. So when a person is sneezing almost all day, his or her muscles tend to get weak and therefore they will experience pain in the abdomen.

Here are the two most common reasons because of which people constantly sneeze and as a result, they face different issues including pain in the abdomen. Now let us have a look at how to treat sneezing if it is happening continuously.

Treatment of Lower Abdominal Pain Because of Sneezing

Many people worry a lot when they suffer from a sharp pain in their lower abdomen because of continuous sneezing. They look for a different treatment option that will help them recover from it. However, the right treatment and diagnosis will only be possible when the exact cause of the continued sneezing is known.

Some conditions may be suppressed with the help of medicines that allows the muscles to relax. But many times the underlying medical issue can be serious as well. So it is important to visit a doctor if your sneezing does not stop in 2-3 days.

Final Verdict –

So you can see that pain in the lower abdomen region can be caused due to continuous sneezing. The reasons which result in continued sneezing have been mentioned in our article as well. Make sure you read the article and get to know about how sneezing can result in lower abdominal pain and stay alert.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:November 21, 2019

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