Dear hive mind: I’m getting a phobia of sneezing

So for about four years, since sometime after Jeffrey was born, I’ve had a clap of blinding pain right above my right hip when I sneeze or cough, unless I curl up a bit in advance. Or if I sneeze and the pain comes, curling up afterwards usually helps the pain subside. 

This could sound like a hernia, but there is no corresponding bulge, and, in the past few months, I’ve also experienced the same thing in the exact same spot on the opposite side. The pain is generally all or nothing, except for the time shortly after when it is subsiding.
I’ve also started to have the pain on standing up quickly which is frustrating. On Sunday, I stood up and the pain was searing and I immediately curled up in a ball on the floor while it ebbed and flowed. So it’s becoming more inconvenient.

I saw a doctor yesterday who thought it was not a hernia and suggested I have an abdominal ultrasound, though he warned me that such ultrasounds often look completely normal. Well, on scheduling it I was told the ultrasound would cost at least a few hundred dollars out of pocket, so it’s a no from me.

Has anyone experienced something similar, either after a C-section/pregnancy or independently?

If so, let me know!



5 thoughts on “Dear hive mind: I’m getting a phobia of sneezing”

  1. UGH. Don’t you hate it when you don’t know what the heck is wrong with you? Maybe go through a clinic where they can help you get an ultrasound for less? I dunno. It’s been forever since I’ve navigated the US medical system. But I am worried for you – esp since the pain is so acute. Is it where your appendix is at?


    1. That’s a good idea–I’ll probably call my obgyn clinic, since I know they regularly do ultrasounds. It could be near my appendix, though often the pain is on the left side…I’m wondering if I had some scar tissue adhesions from c-sections–I asked about it on facebook and a few people had similar experiences at their c-section site. Hopefully the obgyn clinic can help!

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  2. Could it be a pinched nerve, perhaps a disk that is compressing on certain nerves, so the pressure of sneezing compresses that disc. Or is it adhesions from your C-section scar, tightening when you sneeze. Does it happen when you cough as well? Or bear down?


    1. I think it may be from C-section scar adhesions–a few people who had C-sections reached out to me on Facebook to say that they had experienced the exact same thing, many of whom were not able to find an answer from a doctor and one who had surgery to remove the adhesions that helped. And it happens exactly on the far edges of where my scar is but further in, so I think that makes a lot of sense. I think I’ll watch it over time and see if it starts to resolve on its own, but if it continues to get worse or doesn’t go away, I’ll bite the financial bullet and try to get it taken care of more properly.

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