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    severe upper back pain
    An_255636 posted:
    Hi. I am 24 and for the last 3 nights I cannot sleep on my back, if I try there is a constant stabbing pain between my shoulder blades/upper back. I cannot lay on my back for more than 5 seconds without having to move. It is miserable! Any idea what could be the reason for this?
    bj1208 responded:
    Hi and welcome to the support group -

    there could me a number of reasons for this and what would be in your best interest is to see your primary care physician. He/she will examine you and may ask if you injured your back recently. It's also good to try and remember if you may have injured your back when you were younger as some injuries, though minor back then, may pop up later in life as we get older. It's also a good idea to speak with family members to see if spine problems run in the family.

    Your primary doc may order tests to be done to see what shows up. depending on the outcome will determine if you are referred to a specialist (i.e., bulging discs etc).

    Another item to consider is how old your mattress is. If more than 8 yrs old it may be time to consider buying one. going to several different stores and laying down on the mattresses for at least 30 minutes each mattress is best way to shop.

    If this is not in your budget you may want to think about getting a foam mattress pad (Walmart, etc carries them) but make sure it's at least 3 inches thick for best results.

    Pillows also need to be looked at on how old they are. if you have one too soft see if a firmer one will help.

    A lot of us with spine problems will use extra pillows to sleep with. If sleeping on our backs use pillows under knees or if sleeping on sides put pillow between knees. This helps keep the spine more straight and reduce pains. Never ever sleep on your stomach as this puts too much pressure on the spine and will cause back pains.

    Please keep us posted what you find out - take care~~
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    keelyanne90 replied to bj1208's response:
    Thanks for the reply! It is actually acid reflux. Right now I have been advised by my doctor to take prevacid every morning. Crossing my fingers it works seeing that it has now developed in pretty intense chest pain when trying to eat. Taking an ibuprofen before bed helps with sleep.
    mendy44 replied to keelyanne90's response:
    OMG!!! you are so lucky. All you need is a over the counter pill! I guess media is making us all a bunch of over reactive nuts thinking about whats going to get us next. It isn't healthy to spend to much time here. I hope u find a bunch of belching nexium junkies to play with.My mom swears it healed her acid reflux. hope u have the same luck and a good sense of HUMOR. Ha!!!! take care
    bj1208 replied to mendy44's response:
    There are some acid reflux that does not respond to over the counter meds. I do take them as I cannot afford to pay out of pocket for the better meds. I have Barrett's Syndrome meaning I do not have the flap at the top of my stomach and if I have full stomach and go to bed then within a couple hours it comes up thru my mouth and my nose. Its not fun but a fact of life.
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    ~~ Joy ~~

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