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Hi all, 

Have had to L5/S1 disectomys this year and unfortunately had no relief what's so ever.

I'm now five weeks post op from my second operation and still experiencing alot of pain and discomfort and when I sneeze it goes through the roof. .

Any else experienced similar 


  • Sheri76Sheri76 Michigan Posts: 646
    Hi Trix...I know what you mean about the sneezing; it can be torturous on the spine. 

    I know you can't always have enough forewarning when a sneeze arrives, but when I do I try to stabilize, or get in a protective position before it hits...like if I'm walking, I try to press my back up against something (wall, tree, door). If I'm laying down, I make sure I'm laying flat on my back. When I'm sitting I usually have my back flush against the back of seat.

    Hoping your sneezing becomes more gentle with your back.
  • Hello Trix

    Ime with Sheri...
    Even without surgery, Ssneezing is a big pain! Literally...when i can, i try to minimise the hit
    Well, when it does,pop out my friends sympathise.

    Mainly its my T spine that feels like slamming together on those Gale force sneezes that kil me
    William Garza
    Spine-Health Mod

    Welcome to Spine-Health

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  • Ellen625EEllen625 New Jersey, USPosts: 757
    When you feel a sneeze coming on, pinch high on your nose, like glasses would sit if you wore them. Works for me.
  • Sheri76Sheri76 Michigan Posts: 646
    I've always read it's not good to stop a sneeze....can cause more sinus issues. You'd have to weigh the odds with that one.
  • Ellen625EEllen625 New Jersey, USPosts: 757
    I've read that too. Not sure if its an old wives tale or true. I only do it if absolutely necessary. Otherwise, I let 'er rip!
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  • trixttrix LiverpoolPosts: 35
    I've always had quite a strong sneeze if that makes sense and where I tense up the pain in my back is unbearable. I will attempt the kerb against the wall technique and see if that helps
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