I’m a 20 year old guy and i’ve had asthma since i was 12. I have a bit of a history of allergies, and recently, i’ve noticed a new symptom: my right shoulder bone is extremely sore when i sneeze. It’s really bothering me and i’ve tried everything to get rid of my pain. I try to hold my breath when i sneeze, but it doesn’t help. I feel like i’m having an anxiety attack, but i’m not sure what to do.
I sneeze all the time. It’s not a problem for me, as I can’t really distinguish that I’m sneezing. I don’t notice any pain when I sneeze.
I have also heard of a condition called “sneezing pneumonia”. It is a condition that causes the same symptoms as a cold in the chest, but it is caused by the mucus produced from your nose getting into the lungs.
I think you need to see a doctor to find out what is causing the pain when you sneeze.
How long has it been hurting?
It is hard to pinpoint the exact time. Usually, you feel some sort of pain or irritation in the right shoulder when you sneeze.
I have had this problem for over a year. It has gotten worse in the last few months. It’s so annoying! I also have an allergy to pollen, so this year it has been worse due to the pollen.
I have been sneezing all day for about a month now. I have the same problem with my right shoulder. I am so worried that it is a broken bone. At least I can’t see you.
It is a chronic condition. It is not that painful, but it is annoying.
What can I do to help relieve the pain?
- Avoid exercising or physical activity.
- Ice the shoulder for 15 minutes, three times a day.
- Elevate the shoulder.
- Use an over the counter antihistamine such as Benadryl or Neltrex.
- Use acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain.
- Take an over the counter pain medication such as Robitussin or Motrin.
What are the symptoms of this condition?
Pain when sneezing
The pain usually radiates from the right shoulder and into the neck. There may be a popping sensation in the shoulder.
A feeling of pressure in the chest
With this condition, you may have shortness of breath or wheezing.
Nausea and vomiting
The pain can be worse when you lie down or cough.
Chest pain or tightness
Chest pain or tightness is not unusual, especially when you lie down.
Muscle spasms in the shoulder can make the pain worse. When you sneeze, you can also feel a brief shock to the muscles in the shoulder.
How is this diagnosed?
Your doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms and when they started. You may need to see a doctor who specializes in allergies and asthma.
Your doctor will do an exam and take your medical history. Your doctor may do a chest X-ray or ultrasound to see if the fluid in your lungs has changed.
How is this treated?
Treatment will depend on what is causing the pain and how severe it is.
There is no cure for this condition. You may need to have a corticosteroid medicine to help control your symptoms.
In extreme cases, you may need to have surgery to remove part of the rib cage or the cartilage in your shoulder.
If the pain and discomfort continue and your symptoms do not improve, you may need to have your shoulder X-rayed to check for damage.
How can I prevent this from happening?
There are things you can do to help prevent the pain from happening.
- Do not exercise or exercise in cold weather.
- Wear a scarf or hat when you exercise in cold weather.
- Keep your shoulders warm when you exercise.
- Avoid exercising or physical activity in cold weather.
You may also want to talk to your doctor about:
- Taking an antihistamine or decongestant such as Benadryl or Neltrex.
- Taking acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain.
- Using an over the counter pain medication such as Robitussin or Motrin.
These treatments are not a cure, but they may help you feel better and avoid the pain and discomfort of sneezing.
What is the long-term outlook?
In most cases, this is an irritating and annoying condition that will not cause you any long-term damage.
If your pain and discomfort is unbearable, talk with your doctor. There are things you can do to help with your symptoms.
Can it be prevented?
When you sneeze, you can help prevent pain in your shoulders by:
- Always wear a scarf or hat to keep your shoulders warm when you exercise.
- Avoid taking aspirin when you have seasonal allergies.
If you have an allergic reaction, you can help avoid pain and discomfort by:
- Using an antihistamine such as Benadryl or Neltrex.
- Elevating the shoulder.
If your symptoms get worse or don’t get better with any of these treatments, see your doctor.
What else can I do?
If you have sneezing and an allergy, take an over the counter antihistamine, such as Benadryl or Neltrex.
Apply a warm compress to the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes at a time until the discomfort subsides.
For severe sneezing and an allergy, you may need to take a corticosteroid medicine.
Use your neck to support your head while you lie down. This will help keep your shoulder from moving forward and downward.
The Cleveland Clinic provides some other helpful tips for sneezing.
Should I see a doctor?
If you have an allergy or allergic reaction, see your doctor. You may need to see a doctor if pain, swelling, or swelling in the affected area is severe.
Seek medical attention if you have a fever, shortness of breath, or any other symptoms that concern you.
The bottom line
Sneezing is a common condition that can be annoying and irritating. The pain you feel is usually caused by a reaction to a sneeze or to allergens in the air.
If you have an allergy or an allergic reaction, you can help relieve the pain by taking an antihistamine or taking an over the counter pain medication.
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