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From: Dr, H. Mackay
Date: 27 Dec 2004
Remote Name: 220.127.116.11
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.