I have somewhat of a strange problem I think. I have the usual back problems associated with being in the army, occasionally I'll throw my back out and have to rest for a few days but that doesn’t happen often. My problem is sleeping, when I goto bed my back feels fine but after sleeping for about 3-4 hours I get this pain that feels like its behind my lower ribs near my spine on both sides. Gradually this has gotten worse year after year. A couple years ago I could sleep for about 6 hours and be alittle sore but I could manage to get back to sleep. Now after 3-4 hours the pain is bad enough that I cannot sleep. Throughout the night I switch sleeping positions but nothing works. The only thing that seems to alleviate some of the pain is if I sit cross legged on my bed and lean my upper body forward until my elbows are resting on my legs and that seems to "stretch" out my back, I usually stay like that until my feet start to go numb from sitting on them like that. Also when sleeping on my stomach I usually either have my arms under my stomach or a pillow for support because it feels alittle better when I do that. Sleeping on my back makes the problem worse and I usually switch between my right or left side and bring my knees up alittle and that also stretches out my back alittle but eventually my sides start to hurt to. I’ve taken ibuprofen and flexeril but they have no effect.
Over the years the pain seems to have spread I guess. In the morning when I get up my ribs are sore along with the muscles in-between my shoulder blades and spine. I don’t really understand what could cause these problems. I’m in good shape, 24y/o 6ft 4in tall. I haven’t been to a doctor yet because there are so many different symptoms that I wouldn’t know where to begin. What seems odd to me is I feel fine about an hour or so after I wake up and take a shower and everything. Any advice would be appreciated.