I swear I have not had restful sleep since my back really started dilapidating (osteoarthritis in lower 3 vertebrae of upper thoracic). When I go to sleep at night, I'm in constant agony to the point that it feels like I just cannot attain a state of REM sleep. I go through every night completely absent of dreams, writhing around in agony, feeling constantly locked within reality thanks to the constant pain (as well for entire duration of wakefulness). As a result, I always feel like I'm locked into a constant "haze" - a state of exhaustion that persists through the day and cannot be remedied by any amount of coffee or energy drink.
So, is this the case with others? Has your sleep been particularly interrupted by your pain, to the point that you are always feeling a little bit asleep? I'm curious if anyone has found something successful in addressing this. For me thus far, the most effective treatment lies in full-surge shock treatment by the hands of the STEM machine at the chiropractor, with some spinal adjustment and light cardio exercise combined.