Sneezing With Lyme And Fibromyalgia – Ouch!

18 Jan



Sneezing With Lyme And Fibromyalgia – Ouch!

This is something I keep forgetting to mention, sneezing when you have Lyme disease or Fibromyalgia. I remember a time when I was healthy and felt the need to sneeze and if I couldn’t I would look at the sun to help me get it out. Now when I have the sneeze it is like “oh no!, brace yourself”.

For most people a sneeze is a relief and they feel somewhat better getting it out rather than holding it in. Some say a sneeze is like an orgasm.  But for me at least a sneeze is my enemy.

Now with being ill, having wide-spread pain and all the other symptoms going on, a sneeze brings on more pain. I sneezed earlier tonight and that triggered me to share this. When I sneeze it feels like a sledgehammer to my chest. I am not over-exaggerating, it really feels like Mike Tyson just punched me full-force in the chest.

I sneeze and first the bones in my body (like my neck) crack while in motion, then pain all over my body, then my chest has severe pain as if I had the wind knocked out of me. My lungs or the area around my lungs hurts and my whole body goes into a shock I guess which I can only describe as if I fell a few feet off a table and hit the ground on my back or chest.

I will sneeze once and say to myself “no more… no more” as another sneeze then another. I then sit hunched over in severe pain holding my chest sometimes with tear in my eyes. It takes on average about 5-10 minutes for the pain to subside. I still feel a little bruised on the inside from the earlier sneezing and it hurts my back. The pain reaches places you never knew you could feel pain.

I know this sounds weird but trust me it hurts. As I’ve said before I worked construction, cut my head open, broken bones, fell off a bridge, herniated discs, threw out my back, passed a kidney stone at work and kept working….. so I know my pain levels. It is not the worst pain but it is up there on about an 8-9 out of 10.

I was just curious if I am the only one who hates sneezing and finds it painful with Lyme/Fibro. I know there has to be others out there. It is just one more annoying thing about being chronically ill. There are so many issues I want to talk about but I always forget. Things I used to take for granted are things I miss, even things as simple as sneezing.


– Bryan




11 Responses to “Sneezing With Lyme And Fibromyalgia – Ouch!”

  1. errinspelling January 18, 2013 at 4:21 am #

    i also have fibromyalgia snce ’89 toxic mold ‘ 99 and found out last year i’ve had lyme disease since i was 7 years old….so i understand the sneezing…. have been coughing for 12 years/ bronchitis/ molds and chiropractor says it’s so violent -feels like i will break his fingers….i curl up in a ball when i sneeze, b/c ribs come out of place.

    • 49erBry January 19, 2013 at 2:44 am #

      It’s painful isn’t it. I have chronic strep and bronchitis so i will get the sore throat and cough a lot. I also have myco, c pneumonae which are in the lungs. The coughing isn’t so bad but I think it’s the quick motion of the sneeze that feels like our body is being slammed. Sorry you suffer from all of those. I was supposed to be tested for mold since I lived in a flooded house with black mold for 5 years but my PCP refused to test me for it.

      • errinspelling January 20, 2013 at 6:51 am #

        i’m so sorry…it took 4 years before they figured out mold…johns hopkins refused to test also even though my condo had molds.. he said it was too hard to find,the idiot…i have the highest stachy they have ever seen…i coughed 24/7 for 5 & 1/2 years until mold specialists helped cough…12 years now…there is a good dr. in pokomoke md. and 1 in charleston,s.c…

  2. MountainGirl February 19, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    Sneezing USED to be on my list of ‘Favorite things to do’, now I do everything I can to avoid the rattle my body goes through for one little sneeze. I thought I was the only one… thank you for bringing this up.

  3. Jay Dub August 17, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    Dude! About two months ago, I (cold turkey) quit drinking. And I was a SEVERE alcoholic. Drinking at least a fifth of 100 proof vodka a day… Every day…. All day! Well on night three of my detox, and I know I should have done this in a clinic, but I had a grand mal seizure. I really didn’t even know that I had one, because it happened while I was asleep. The only reason I know it happened was because the next morning, my tongue was half bit off, and every muscle in my body felt like I had run a triathlon. Ever since that night, sneezing is a curse. I have to brace myself for a sneeze. It hurts SO bad! And occasionally I completely get the wind knocked out of me. I’ve been in a couple fights in my life (I’m not a fighter, just have older siblings) but getting punched in the stomach and getting the wind knocked out of you is the best way to describe it. I have to gasp for air for like a minute. Now if I could lend anyone any advice, the only way that I can avoid MOST of the pain of a sneeze (and it’s a shame because I used to love to sneeze) is sit up straight, and look forward. Sit as though you are giving your best posture at your school desk… And let ‘er rip. This position, and this position only is the only way that I can get some relief. So find your position, and use it. This is the only advice I can give.

    • 49erBry August 17, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

      Thanks for the advice! hope things are going better for you.

  4. mamzyy July 1, 2014 at 12:38 am #

    I often experience this as well. About 4 times a day at the least! I actually came across your post by looking up on the internet if it is a normal thing with Lyme Disease. So it is comforting in some way to know I am not alone when everyone looks at me as I cry in pain or have to take some time to catch my breath after a sneeze as if I am a weirdo.
    With that being said, I am so sorry you have to experience any of this!!

    • 49er Bryan July 10, 2014 at 4:37 am #

      Thank you and I’m sorry you experience this as well 😦

  5. Scott September 20, 2015 at 6:04 pm #

    I find that it hurt when Im sneezing to I get tested for Lyme disease tomorrow

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