Back Pain After Sneezing

People may experience back pain after sneezing, when they have nerve-root pressure. Sneezing causes core muscles to contract, putting pressure on your spine. A herniated disc can also be the culprit of your back pain after sneezing. You may often feel back pain from a previous injury when you sneeze. It has also been shown that back injuries are a common side effect of sneezing and coughing.

Fast Facts:

  • Herniated discs are also referred to as: protruding, buldging, slipped, ruptured, prolapsed, and degenerated.
  • In 2004 baseball player Sammy Sosa sneezed twice, causing a sprained ligament in his lower back.
  • Sneezes can be so forceful, they can herniate a weakened spinal disc.
  • Sciatica can be aggravated by sneezing.