For the last 6 months, I have been getting excruciating pain in my upper back. Over this period, I have had one trigger that causes the pain, that is comprised of the following conditions:
going to sleep for more than 3 hours
Yesterday, I found another trigger:
Stretching both arms into the air as high as I can
I have slept in hotel beds... the pain is the same. Last night, I slept on a fairly good quality air bed, and the pain is the same.
I have slept upright in the past and my weight (16 stone) has caused my mattresses and bed bases to buckle... and this happens within 3 months. My current bed is too costly to sleep upright in, so I really need to figure this out...
In order to avoid the pain on mornings where I am to go to work, I am sleeping for approximately 3 hours per night. I then catch up on my sleep at the weekend. But this is taking its toll on me.
The pain I get in my upper back feels very very tight. It is like someone is crushing my bones. When I breathe, it hurts even more, so I find I am holding my breath, or breath out hard to collapse my lungs and holding it there for as long as I can.
My lower back is a bit of a mess too:
Jun 2007 - Central disc prolapse at L5/S1
Sep 2007 - Discectomy
Jan 2008 - Disc degeneration at L5/S1
Jul 2009 - Prosthetic disc implanted at L5/S1 (Freedom Lumbar Disc)
Sep 2009 - Road traffic accident; other driver hit my car at 30mph; jarred my spine
Since Sep 2009, my back has got progressively worse, with constant spasms and tightness.
My main medications for my lower back pain is already higher than I would like:
OxyContin 40mg (morning only)
OxyNorm 10mg (night time only)
Tramadol 100mg (3 times per day)
Lyrica 150mg (twice a day)
Baclofen (5mg morning, 15mg night)
I am trying to get an appointment to see my doctor as the pain in my upper back is getting worse.
My estranged father has some form of spondylitis (or spondylosis?), and it was severe enough that he vomits every morning with the pain and he had to quit work because of it. My fear is that this is related to my upper back pain.
I am also diabetic. Not sure if this changes the views on all of this.
If anyone can provide any help or advice on this, I will gladly hear it.