My husband is a brick mason and his job is very physical. Recently he has been having trouble sleeping at night. At the beginning of the night he will sleep ok for about 3 hours then he wakes up to a stabbing or throbbing pain in the middle of his back, right in between or under his shoulder blades. The pain is so intense, he can't find any position to sleep in, so he has to get up. After getting up and moving around for about a half an hour the pain begins to subside and after an hour goes away completely. When he lays back down it begins hurting again after about an hour of rest and he has to get back up. During the day he as no problems at all. No part of his back has any kind of pain. The pain only comes when he tries to sleep. We have tried hot and cold compresses and massages and nothing works. What could be the problem?
You should get your husband to an orthopedic physician as there could be degenerative changes causing the pain.He should also consult a physiotherapist and go in for back extension exercises.Unless any investigations are done the reason cannot be assessed.Also try to change your mattress which may cause the pain.The pain may be felt more at night as there is increased sensitivity of nerves at night.
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