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Mid Back Pain After Rest !

Hi,

For about 3 Months now, I have had this pain around the mid back ( around the Diaphragn- just below the ribs- on both sides but more pronounced on the right ).

The pain comes on after I have been sleeping for more that 6-7 hours. When I get up ,the pain gradually subsides and later on during the day it is almost gone (although not completly).

I would describe the pain as a dull ache but the pain sharpens and gets worse when I twist my torso or flip from one side to another when I have been in bed for longer than 6-7 Hrs.

I don't seem to have any tenderness upon touching the area though.

Because of this pain, I cannot lie in bed for longer than 7 Hrs.

The only other unusual symptom I have noticed is excessive burping so much that sometimes it makes me feel nauseous.

I don't know if this excessive burping has anything to do with the pain I described above but I seem to have developped it around the same time as the back pain.( Although I am not 100% sure of that either)... I read somewhere that digestive problems can sometimes cause pain in the Back...

FYI,I am a 38 old male,overwheight but otherwise healthy  ( or so I think)

I haven't been to a Dr yet because I am just too nervous.

Has anybody ever experienced similar symptoms ?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Regards.





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It is true that some digestive problems can lead to pain radiating to the back.  Specifically, an ulcer or pancreatitis can lead to tis symptom.  

You can evalute for this with an upper GI series or upper endoscopy (for an ulcer) or obtaining pancreatic enzymes (via the blood) or a CT scan to evaluate for pancreatitis.

If these tests are negative, you can consider musculoskeletal causes or nerve impingement.  An MRI of the affected area can be considered if this is suspected.

These options can be discussed with your personal physician.

Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin, M.D.
http://www.straightfromthedoc.com
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Hi, I get the same problem! When I sleep i wake up after about 7 or 8 hours with pain below my left shoulder blade. But when I get up the pain dissapears slowly over about an hour or two. Doesnt effect me at all when im awake during the day. Only after laying in bed for that long.

Sorry that I have no answers, but I am in the same boat and would appreciate anyones help!
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i hate myself... i am a ape!... im gonna kill myself!! AHHHH MY LIFE *****!! HELP ME!
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Hi,

I have had very similar symptoms to the ones you describe above and wonder if you have gone to your doctor yet and what the result was???
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I have had very simlar symtoms for about 6 months now. Seem to be slowly worsening. Intend on calling for a doc appt today. I wake EVERY morning around 3am (religiously) with mid back pain. I also sometimes feel burning in the gut, as well as most always feeling soooo bloated that I feel like I am gonna explode out my sides. Sometimes pain is only on right side under rib cage. Sometimes it feels like it is my kidneys that hurt but never during the day. Anyway, most of this usually subsides after I get up and start moving around. Except for the bloating and belching. I have found it's amazing that I can wake so miserably at night and toss and turn to try to get relief from the back pain/stiffness yet feel absolutely normal (with exception of bloating/belching)during the day. I had xrays done on my back-normal. I had standard bloodwork done-normal. I guess next step is ultrasound for gall bladder, pancreatitus, etc. May need to check on ulcer too. I feel for you cause I used to LOVE my sleep. What I would give for one night's rest without waking in pain.
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I have had midback pain for a while now.  It wakes me up at 4:00 AM and after I get up it almost gone within an hour.  I don't have any other symptoms that some of you have(GI problems).  I went to the doctor and she prescribed an anti-inflamatory until I could get x-ray results back(they came back normal).  The anti-inflamatory eliminated ALL of the pain.  I don't like the idea of taking meds the rest of my life for my back pain, so I am going to try for a more permanent solution such as physical therapy.  Good luck to all of you.
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I'm 59.  I have had the same trouble.  It started 15 years ago.
Hurting got so bad it come thru to front of chest.  Doctor
said it was chest cage neuritis.  Gave shots in back and pain
went away.  Year later it started coming back mildly.  Now
I can do different things with arms and pain will start in
back hurting and burning...thru under chest cage.  Moving
around burping---goes away for a couple of hours and starts
back to the round of it is over...Couple of days.  I haven't
been back to doctor ...My doctor passed away...Use heat
pad and other things.. Sometimes works and sometimes heat
makes it worst.  Something triggers the nerve.  I need
help with it...    Thanks ...***@****
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oh my God - this is EXACTLY what has been happening to me - (except no burping).  For the last 10 days, I wake up every night around 3-4am - jarring mid back pain on both sides that jars me awake.  Then I can't get back to sleep.  I have gotten up and taken Advil a few times, which helped a little.  But like others on here, once I get up in the morning and shower - there is no pain.  I don't understand what this is.  i've always had no problem sleeping and no pain in my back at all.  My mattress is a good one and I got it just a few years ago so I know it's not that.  If I try sleeping on my left side, the pain moves to my chest - so I most definitely don't do that.  Sleeping on the right side hurts also so I end up sleeping on my back, where it is painful but at least I can sometimes fall back to sleep (although it takes a good hour or 2).  

The woman who mentioned the rib cage thing - can you tell us more about that?  A doctor friend of mine said I should go on muscle relaxers for a week and see how that does.  He recommends taking them 3x a day - not just before bedtime.  He said that's important, not sure why...
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this describes my sypmtoms so well.  I have had numerous tests done, bloodwork, been sent to a chiro for 4 months, nothing found.  I can only sleep between 5-6 hours before the pain starts under the rib cages in the back.  Its a bad dull ache, which hurts to take a deep breath.  As soon as I get up from bed and go to the bathroom the pain goes away and I'm fine the rest of the day.  I am so tired of waking up in pain every single morning, its awful.  My doctors is at his wits end.  It almost feels like the pain is radiating from my kidneys, but not real sure anymore.  I'm hoping someone on here can give some insight if they have found the problem or anything that will take away the pain.  I want to have another child, my daughter is 8 but I'm scared with this pain I wont be able to. Thanks in advance for any help/advise given.
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I have been having midback pain on the right side for about 3 1/2 months upon waking in the morning. When I put my feet on the floor it is like a stabbing pain that radiates around to the front close to the rib area.  As the day goes on, it seems to get a bit better.  If I do any exercising on the floor, when I roll to the right side and try to get up, the pain is quite severe.  I started going to a chiropractor probably a month ago with no real result except that when I do arise in the morning, I don't have that pain. When I saw him last, he suggested trying a prednisone pac to reduce the inflammation.  I have been taking this now for 3 days with the last day coming up on Monday.  As of yet, I have felt no results.  I am beginning to be quite worried. It is quite strange that I do not have the pain all the time.  But then all of a sudden I will have it.  Can anyone help?
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I have had this same mid back pain in the morning. Wakes me up it is so painful. I try to roll over, but no relief. As soon as I get up and move around it completely goes away. Does not hurt to touch, pain seems to be deep inside. It's about 3-4 times a week. I have had it now for 3 months. I talked to my chiro about it. I have chronic low back and neck pain from accidents, but never mid back pain. He has recommended getting test done for kidney problems. But no other symptoms related to that. I have noticed that lately anytime I eat, I get tremendous rumbling gas pain. Never had that before. Dr. said it could be related to IBS. Past 4 years I have had undiagnosed stomach pain. Everytest in the book done. Nothing.I am tired of seeing Drs. so I will probably not do anything right now. However, if anyone gets any answers....please help!
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I know this sounds simplistic, but have any of you checked your mattresses?  This sounds like a combination of poor mattress support which, if the support is poor enough in the right spots, also could cause GERD or acid reflux.  If you are lying on a sofa, or reclining on any other piece of furniture when this happens, same result.
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I was so happy to learn that I'm not alone: waking up practically paralyzed with middle back pain in the morning.  My husband has to push me onto the floor just so I can get out of bed some mornings! I was telling a neurosurgeon/friend of mine about my condition (it's been happening now, on and off, for about 6 months) and he suggested "Sleep Paralysis."  Those of us who sleep heavily have an extended REM...the deepest level of sleep, when our body systems all but shut off completely (so that if you dream you're jumping off a cliff, you don't actually jump off your dresser and break your leg: it's the human body's protection mechanism...)  This "paralysis" happens when you wake DURING REM, while your systems are still down. That's why the "pain" goes away after a short while: (your systems wake up after you do.)  I really like this explanation, and actually looked it up on the internet.  It exists! All that being said, there is no cure: this is a stress related disorder: your subconscious is trying to keep you away from the awake, real world as long as possible. (It also explains why it doesn't happen everyday: lessen stress, lessen the disorder.)   Please respond to this! My husband really wants me to go to the doctor!  What do you think?
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I have also been suffering for the past five mounths getting a  max 5 hours sleep, always wakening at 4am with muscle spasms and unable to lie in bed because of the excruciating pain which has steadily gotten worse every week.  The pain subsided within about an hour of getting out of bed and was almost gone throughout the day (only a little stiffness)  I would go to bed fine only to wake at 4am, a scenario repeated every night which often used to reduce me to tears.  One doctor dismissed me as having lumbago and sent me packing and telling me to take paracetamol and that 90% of the counrty suffer from back pain!!  Got a second opinon and a very sharpe Dr order me to have a full blood count and urine test.  It revealsed I had a Urinary Track Infection, I was perscribed antibiotics- the PAIN HAS GONE and last night was my first night in about 3 months that I slept through the night and woke pain free HUraaay!!!

I am still a little stiff and slightly sore which is to be expected, I suppose as my poor Kidneys must have been so sore, but at last I can see the light at the end of the tunell

Hope this info throws some light on the pain you are suffering

Laragh
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I've had a dull ache in my mid back for about 2 weeks, and it's also worse when I first get up in the morning. It started with a sharp stabbing pain when I reached down to pick up a bag of sugar at the grocer store. (only 5#)But the way I bent or twisted did something.  I've been seeing a chiropractor for a couple weeks and gradually the pain is going away. I, too have had the pain radiate to the front(left side) around the rib level. I don't like taking pills, but ibuprofen works well for me. Just 2 tablets a day when I do have pain.  X-rays showed my neck to be straight, instead of curved, so my chiropractor is working on that. I ran a marathon last weekend with no problems. Only hurts after resting or when I sit for long period of time.
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For those of you with flank pain, is there a chance that each of you have been taking Crestor or similar drug (statins)?
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I have had this similar rib/back pain for a little over two years. Ocassionally, the pain is not so bad, but I have had it just about every morning. I don't have digestive problems which doctors quickly think it stems from. Pain relievers, muscle relaxers don't help the pain. I also wake routinely at 4AM with excruciating pain where I find it hard to turn from side to side in bed. Despite the pain, I usually lay in bed until 7AM.  I've tried different mattresses. The pain is horrible in the morning and it usually takes 5 to 6 hours to subside, so by noon to mid-afternoon I feel much better. I noticed that I don't get the pain if I have had a bad night's sleep and noticed that the better or harder I sleep the worse the pain is. I have another symptom that may be related: within the last year, I wake up in such a low energy state that I feel totally drained and it feels as tough my veins are filled with molasses. Like the rib/back pain it takes 4 or 5 hours to feel normal after waking up in the morning. A dr's visit, blood tests and ekg haven't revealed anything.
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The only relief I have had from the early morning back pain has been reading this message board.  Like the rest of you, I sleep about 6 hours a night and awaken to crippling mid back pain right below my rib cage.  As soon as I take a share and move around for about 20 minutes, it's relieved.

I bought a sleep number bed, I have body pillows, pillows between my legs, behind my back, elevating my feet, every which way.

I delay going to bed so that my six hours of sleep will allow me to wake at a decent time instead of at 3 or 4 am.  I flip flop in bed trying to get some nuggets of sleep between the pain and usually stay in bed for a couple of hours.

I told my doctor and she brushed it off as a passing issue.

Earlier this summer I was treated for a GI bleed for which they could not find the cause -- after many tests.  I have had blood work which shows nothing abnormal.  I wish it was as easy as a kidney infection.

It scares me to get wrapped up in a bunch of pain meds -- potentially for the rest of my life.   I have taken statin drugs before for high cholesterol.

I am overweight and my theory is that it's related to weight gain and the stress that may be on your spine in order to carry weight.  My short term strategy is to strenghten my back (through exercise) and try to shed some pounds.  If that doesn't work, I am going to raise the issue again with doctor.

Historically, I have been a great sleeper and have enjoyed some 12-14 hour nights of sleep (on weekends) which I no longer have due to the back pain.  On a good night, I can only get 5-6 hours a night - so I often nap on the weekends to close the sleep defecit.  The lack of sleeps makes me always tired and the bags under my eyes and lack of energy are also becoming.  The Catch 22 is that the low energy level from lack of sleep has led to weight gain and then more back pain, as my theory goes.

I am very much interested in learning more about anyone else's experience, solutions, theories as this crippling at 39 is making me very frustrated and aged.

Thanks so much.

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HI
I HAVE MID BACK PAIN TOO THAT WAKES ME UP DURING THE NIGHT. I HAVE CHANGED MATTRESSES SEVERAL TIMES. I NOW HAVE A MEMORY FOAM MATTRESS. I HAVE TO TAKE SLEEP MEDS TO GET ME TO SLEEP AND I AWAKE WITH EXCRUTIATING MID AND LOW BACK JOINT PAIN. ONCE I GET REPOSITIONED, I GO BACK TO SLEEP. I FIND CURLING UP LIKE A BALL HELPS. I HAVE GONE TO DR'S AND I DO HAVE HYPOTHYROIDISM, BUT MY MEDICICATION HORMONE LEVELS ARE NORMAL. I FEEL SO FATIGUED AND TIRED DURING THE DAY. THE PAIN IS GOOD DURING THE DAY WHEN I MOVE AROUND. I DREAD BEDTIME!!! I AM NOT GOING TO ACCEPT BEING DIAGNOSED WITH CHRONIC FATIIGUE AND FIBERMYAGIA WITHOUT RULING OUT SOME OTHER POSSIBILITIES. RHEUMATOID WAS NEGATIVE TOO. I THINK WE LIVE IN TOO MODERN OF MEDICINE CENTURY TO NOT FIND A CAUSE. I AM NOT GIVING UP. THERE'S GOT TO BE AN ANSWER. GOOD LUCK AND I WILL PRAY FOR YOU ALL AND YOU DO THE SAME FOR ME.
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I had the same problem. I would go to bed and sure enough I would be up at four. I had about three pillows and when my sides got sore after waking me up I would end up trying to sleep almost sitting up. A while ago I started to use one thin pillow and the problem has gone away. Maybe something this simple is all it takes to remedy this problem...worked for me..
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Let me see, placing one thin pillow under your head helped? Or was it placed between the bed and the (one?) side you were having pain?

Geez, I thought my pillow was a thin one.
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To happyhowie  For years I used to have three pillows but when I switched to one thin one under my head all the pains in the lower ribs disappeared.  As far as I can figure it out, trying to sleep in the sitting position must have put pressure down there and I hit the limits about 4 oclock in the morning.  Its worth a try
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To Crofty  Just to let you know that I am 6 ft 4
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I'm only 5'3. . .
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