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From: Dr, H. Mackay
Date: 27 Dec 2004
Remote Name: 22.214.171.124
This sounds like nerve root compression. That is, compression of one or more nerves, just as they come off the spinal cord and pass through the vertebral bodies. It is a snug but not usually tight fit but some individuals have congenitally small "tunnels" for these nerves to pass through. This can run in families.
Sneezing causes a transient rise in pressure between vertebrae. This can cause the nerves with a tight fit to be compressed. Professional football players call these "stingers".
A neurologist or rheumatologist would be the type of specialist to evaluate this.