Back and rib pain whilst sleeping
just1808 posted:
Hi, I am a 43 year old male and suffer with both back and rib pain whilst sleeping.
I have had problems with my lower back for many years, every time I visit the DR. he just prescribes pain killers! In recent months my lower back problem seems to have disappeared.
However over the last few weeks I have been experiencing chronic pain in both sides of my back and ribs, it only happens whilst sleeping. During waking hours I am completely pain free and have no other symptoms. The pain wakes me through out the night and the only way to stop it is to get up and walk around for a short while. I have a memory foam mattress which is only 6 months old, so I cannot see that as being the cause. I have tried researching my symptoms but there is a lot of confusing information out there! Any advice or help will be greatly received
bj1208 responded:
Hi Just1808 - welcome to the support group -

Have you tried to tie the timing of when you purchased your memory foam mattress to your increased lower back and rib pains?

At this point you need to see your primary doctor and stress that since the lower back pains have been going on for many years that it's time you see a spine specialist - either a Orthopedic or Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist. They can order tests (MRI/CT Scan/X-Ray etc) hopefully get a diagnosis and offer a good treatment plan.

You are correct there are a lot of confusing items when trying to research and without an accurate diagnosis you will be just pulling your hair out.

Also check with your insurance and see if you need to have a referral - if so get one from your primary doc, if not you can check around and make an appointment with a spine specialist (be sure they are spine specialist) as they are the only ones that can accurately read film reports (MRI, CT Scan etc)

At this point it's time you do see one and get properly diagnosed.

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aprilrose9 responded:
Hi just 1808,

I was wondering if some gentle, but long held back stretching may give you some relief. Since you are not having pain as you go about your activities of daily living and the pain does not occur with weight sounds muscular to me.

Make sure the stretches are held for over 30 seconds or you will not benefit you. Also make sure you do the stretches for the same count and for the same amount on each side. i.e. 10 stretches to the right and then left and front and back.

Some people feel ice helps. It has never worked for me and I try a heating pad.

Bj may be on to something with your memory foam matress, but I hope that is not the case, since mine was quite expensive. I don't see anything about what you do during the day. Do you have a desk job? Could it be the chair you sit in during the day? Do you have an arduous job and something has changed with this recently?

While back and leg pain which awakens you from sleep is considered significant, the fact you do not have any radiating pain to areas other than your ribs is good to hear.

Have you had an xray or MRI to rule out soft tissue issues? Even a spinal lesion would show up if this was the cause.

The E.R. tends to be a poor place for a diagnosis on your back. This is veiwed as a chronic situation and not an acute situation. A neurologist may be a better route.

Good luck and let us know how you are doing.