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Did You Know You Can Break Your Neck By Sneezing?

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Sneezing, everybody does it. Sometimes sneezing is is a pleasant form of relief. Other times it’s loud, uncomfortable and downright painful. But did you know that a sneeze can actually break your neck?

It just happened to an Australian woman and that wasn’t the first something like this has happened.

Great, one more thing to be neurotically worried about…

According to Gizmodo, 28-year-old Monique Jeffrey of Melbourne Australia was home alone with her baby when she produced a particularly violent sneeze. She started feeling excruciating pain and tried to call her husband for help, but she couldn’t even do that. She was able to send a “Help can’t move pls call” text to her husband.

When medics showed up they found that her sneeze had dislocated two vertebrae in her neck.

A sneeze dislocated two of her neck bones!

Thankfully her spinal cord wasn’t damaged and she should recover, but things could have been much worse.

You can see a picture of the woman and listen to an interview with her HERE.

I don’t know about you, but stuff like this freaks me out. Now I’m going to have an irrational fear of snapping my neck every time I feel a sneeze coming on. Okay, it won’t stop me from sneezing (I’m one of those wierdos who loves the feel of a good sneeze), but I’m sure it will cross my mind a few times.

And this is not the only case of sneeze-related injuries. Check these out:

And if you really want to freak yourself out, you can read about the dangers of sneezing from the DailyMail UK.


Picture by mcfarlandmo, Flickr.

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