Odd causes for back pain

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After the family went through their isolation periods and resumed normal life, I got sick. Testing showed negative but I’m a hermit so I continued doing what I usually do (stay home) and now I’m at the tail end of this head cold.

But, during a coughing attack last week I dislocated something in my lower back.

I do not have back issues. This never happened before.

For reference, or if you’re new here, I’m 53, healthy, exercise regularly using a yoga fitness app and/or I walk the dog. I do not have back issues, although I sometimes have neck pain due to a naturally occuring incorrect curve in my upper spine which I manage with posture and exercise.

I stretch, maintain a healthy weight, and feed my body nutritional, whole food with occasional splurges of sugar, alcohol and white carbs. Everything in moderation, right?

When I do splurge on white carbs or sugar I have a piece of chocolate (with marzipan πŸ’–), wine, a pastry or slice of cake, or this:

Homemade mac and cheese with grated Gruyere and Emmenthal imported from πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­.

I can’t eat carbs like this often, it makes me bloated and tired. 😎

But so good when I do. 😍

Anyway, about my back. I coughed while still in bed one morning which had me hunched over and I suddenly felt a stabbing pain at the very base of my spine, right above my butt.


I’m not unfamiliar with back pain. The kids’ dad has an old hockey injury that flares up regularly. When he dislocates a disc (herniated disc) he is immobilized and in major pain for weeks. He found a sports medicine specialist who uses chiropractic adjustments, physiotherapy and acupuncture to set him straight again, which has reduced the number of flare-ups.

So I understood immediately what happened to me when I doubled over in pain, thanks to his experiences over the years.

Today is a week later and I’m only feeling a dull pain in that spot now. What I need is to continue/return to my yoga fitness, but because my cold is still lingering I haven’t felt up for it. Frankly any position with my head looking down will cause the snot to flow out of my head and no thank you. πŸ™„

So I’m waiting with the exercising until my snot dries up. πŸ˜„

Meanwhile, I mentioned my *accident* to a friend and he said something to the effect of this:

Sneezing, coughing and orgasms can actually be very damaging.


So. Anyone have a story to share? πŸ˜‚


Thank you for reading my post. See you in the comments!


34 thoughts on “Odd causes for back pain

  1. It does happen even to people at their athletic picks. I follow sports closely and in the past I do remember a professional MMA fighter who had to call of a fight because he pulled his back after a sneeze.

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  2. I used to think people with chronic back pain were just sort of whiny types. Then while pregnant with my 3rd or 4th child, my memory is blurry, who decided to lounge on my sciatic nerve, and suddenly I became a fervent believer in chronic whining! OMG. The pain was real. After the little lounger came out of his nice cushy womb, the pain was gone, and I am ever so empathetic of people who suffer with back pain! Note to self: only cough while wearing a girdle! Hope you’re feeling better soon, sorry about the pain and suffering. Hugs, C

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  3. I strained my rotator cuff with an over enthusiastic fist pump. Took months to heal.
    Crazy how the smallest things can throw things out of whack.

    I’m seriously drooling 🀀 over that Mac & Cheese. I could eat Mac & Cheese every day! Maybe alternate with rice & beans with mixed veg… okay, I’m hungry nowπŸ˜‚

    Hope you’re snot-free and pain-free soon!

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      1. We spent 2 years not getting regular colds. All of us are gonna feel like crap with everything that comes along. Our immune systems only fought the jabsπŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ
        I hate head colds, but I hate tummy trouble more. I’ll take snot every timeπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      2. The last time I was sick both kids were still in elementary school. That’s many years ago. I’m just not used to getting sick… Fed up.

        But it’s almost over I think.

        Also it’s snowing so I got MUCH bigger problems now. πŸ™„

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  4. So sorry about the back and the cold! It’s actually sorta common for people who are climbing Everest to cough so hard that they crack a rib – and that’s a pretty fit group of people. So weird how we all tie together.

    But I discovered an ice pack called the Pain Cake which has a sticky side so you can stick it on and ice without holding it. It’s a great invention!

    Happy healing!

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  5. I strained an intercostal muscle while coughing. It hurt so much I thought I had broken a rib. And of course those muscles stretch and contract with every breath, so it’s not like I could rest it. I felt so ridiculous for having a coughing injury.

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  6. I do stuff like this all the time and I’m 10 years older than you and not in horrible shape although my muscle strength and support is lacking. I think that plays a part

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  7. Back pain is debilitating, so sorry to hear this. My husband can build a barn or shingle a roof with no issues but threw his back out getting up from a beach chair years ago. Sleep, rest, recline and alternate ice packs with heat. It’s a slow healing process, but your in shape yoga body should help.

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  8. When I was 17 I worked in a clothing store. I played tennis, was in decent shape and as stated, I was 17. One of my jobs was to put the new shipments of jeans in bins in the basement. I sneezed so hard once I threw out my back.

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