Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

A cough is a reflex action in humans as well as animals to clear their breathing track or throat from microbes, fluids, foreign particles, mucus, and fluids. The reflex action ejects the air out of the lungs. If Coughing persists for 3 weeks or more then, the doctor should be consulted as in few cases coughing can lead to further ailments such as back pain rom coughing which require treatment.

Few of the issues that can crop up due to continuous coughing are Headache, excessive sweating, dizziness, and backache.

Causes of Back Pain from Coughing

Causes of Back Pain from Coughing

A backache is one of the most common issues that can be noticed in people who are suffering from coughing. Regular coughing can cause a lot of strain on your muscles which further leads to back pain from coughing. Coughing causes a lot of pressure on the spinal discs. If the discs are torn, then the pain can be severe. It is advised to seek a doctor if the pain is severe and persists for a long time.

Regular coughing can cause trauma in the bones of the spinal cord leading to back pain. A bad posture can further intensify the pain.

Symptoms of Back Pain from Coughing

Back pain from coughing can be minor in its intensity but still can be very severe in nature. Hence, one must watch out for the symptoms of back pain from coughing and seek professional help for the same. The symptoms of back pain are listed below which will help you identify if you are actually suffering from a back problem or not:

  • Tightness and spasms in muscles of lower back, hips, and pelvis
  • Difficulty in changing postures like standing up or sitting down or lying down
  • Severe pain while standing or sitting for prolonged hours.
  • Burning pain sensation in the lower back that can even lead to numbness.

If you can relate to any of the above-mentioned symptoms, then it is high time you consult a doctor as due to regular coughing your back muscle has been damaged leading to your back pain.

Diagnosis of Back Pain from Coughing

The severity of a back pain from coughing can only be known by a proper diagnosis. During the diagnosis process, the patient is asked multiple questions by the medical experts so that they can narrow down to the actual cause of the back pain. They inquire in detail about the nature and duration of the pain as well as the patient's medical history.

In the case of a back pain diagnosis, the doctors usually inquire about sleeping postures and habits, injuries if any, body postures etc... Once the general diagnosis is done, the physical exam is conducted on the patient. This exam includes motion test, reflex tests etc… where the movement of the patient will be checked to identify the exact area where the pain is.

Lastly, X-rays MRIs etc… are suggested by the doctors who help them get a clear idea. The X-ray will help them identify any possible fracture while the MRI gives details about the status of the ligaments, tissues etc…

Treatment for Back Pain from Coughing

Treatment of back pain from coughing depends upon the severity of the pain. If the pain is minor then correcting the posture and treating the cough can solve the problem. For back pains that are not that mild, muscle relaxants or painkillers can serve the purpose. The relaxants relax the muscles which have become tight relieving the pain from that muscle.

Other options include back braces which can be used by the patient on the problem area. These back braces or belts provide support to the damaged muscle and help in reducing the pain.

Few other treatments include back massage, acupuncture etc... These treatments are carried out by experts where they relax the affected muscles using herbal oils or thin pins. They are the safest methods to treat back pains as they do not have any side-effect. However, it is suggested to get these treatments done only from the experts. Getting it done from the wrong person can further intensify your pain and make the situation worse for you.

Pramod Kerkar

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Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: July 19, 2017

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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