Chronic Back Pain
March 15, 2014 5:57 PM Subscribe
Chronic back pain every night with no explanation from doctors. Looking for explanation.
posted by red47Apple to Health & Fitness (14 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Hey guys how is everyone doing? So for about a few months now I have been getting chronic back pain every single night (no not exaggerating).
A little about me - Im 29 years old, slim, and eat pretty healthy. I do sports when I can and walk a lot.
So since I was 19 - 20 years old I had an onset of some excruciating pain in my leg and found out a year later that I had a pinched nerve or more commonly named sciatica. I pushed myself to do some more physical activities to try and rid the pain and it worked for the most part. I still get sciatica but usually once or twice every other month and it doesn't last long.
But then last year in november I started waking up in the morning with some back pain. Initially I thought this was stress related so I didnt think anything of it. And once I got out of bed I would walk around and the pain would vanish in a couple of mins.
Its been almost a year now and the pain gets so bad that it wakes me up almost every single night. Ive been put on gabapentin to help me sleep but even still sometimes I would wake up in the middle of the night. But again once I get up and walk around for a few mins the pain vanishes.
Ive been to numerous specialists, doctors and chiropractors. Ive had multiple Xrays, MRI's and tests and everything and everyone is telling me things are normal. My chiropractor is the only one telling me that my back alignment is slightly off which could be contributing to the pain, but every doctor has told me that my back has nothing unusual about it, and that almost everyone has a slight alignment issue.
Ive been wanting to put on some weight and go to the gym. My personal trainer is telling me it would be a great benefit to me to work on strengthening my back while my chiropractor is telling me i can never go to a gym again. Doctors have said going to the gym should not be a problem at all and if my back starts to get worse to stop.
So here I am. I have absolutely no idea what is wrong with my back. Ive tried my best to pay attention to the times that it gets bad to see if I can find any patterns or anything that might set it off. But nothing. Ive been doing well as far as just putting up with it, but it would be an absolute unspeakable joy to have it rid so that I may sleep good for just one or 2 days. One thing I have noticed is that my sciatica isnt acting up like it used to, its almost non-existent which I find odd.
My question is - has anyone gone through this? Is anyone now going through this? What could it possibly be? Would love some thoughts on this...
P.S its usually mid and upper back pain never lower.