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Upper Back Pain After Sleeping For Several Hours...Ouch!
PetiePal posted:
Hey WebMD! I need some advice/insight. About 3 weeks ago my upper back started hurting after sleeping at night. The only thing that has recently changed is that I've been sitting in a higher than normal chair for about a month since my "cubicle" got moved into a room with a workbench counter etc. Since the pain started and I've been trying to address it I've stopped hunching forward towards my monitor and try to sit as upright as I can during the day. However my back doesn't hurt during the daytime at all.
When I go to sleep at night, anywhere from 6-8 hours I wake up in pain usually at 5am or later. If I sleep fully through the night I wake up with it hurting.
-I sleep only on my left or right side (I cannot fall asleep on my stomach or my back) -My pillows are a good neck-supporting height. One is a memory foam, the other a standard pillow -I have since bought a memory foam mattress topper thinking perhaps my mattress wasn't supporting my spine well enough -When I sleep I notice I may hunch my shoulders forward and in, like the fetal position
I have an appointment for a chiropracter consult tonight. I may see my father's spine doctor next week as I have more faith in them than a chiropracter anyways.
Anyone shed any light on this?
davedsel57 responded:

Please read through this Tip at the top of this WebMD Back Pain Community that lists the steps for getting back pain diagnosed and treated:

You do need to see a spine specialist for an accurate diagnosis before having any treatment done.

How old is your mattress? It may be time to shop for a new one.
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