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Can someone help? Back issue or something else?

TwaltTTwalt Posts: 1
edited 12/26/2015 - 8:47 PM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Hello there,
It's difficult for me to believe, having never had any real back issues that I'm posting here, but here I am. I'm really hoping someone has heard of this and can shed some light or steer me in the right direction. I don't have insurance and have not been to the doctor up to this point. Anyway a quick glimpse of me and my lifestyle... I'm a 38 yo male who's never smoked and doesn't drink. I eat relatively healthy but I could stand to maybe lose 30 lbs. I've never really had any health issues my entire life. I used to be a FedEx driver but about 10 years ago I quit and started my own business. For probably 9 1/2 of those years, each day I would spend hours and hours sitting at the computer doing work related things. My back never really hurt but I had been reading articles about the dangers of sitting for long periods of time so I decided to purchase a stand up desk. So for the past 3-6 months I'm standing hours and hours in the same spot. Now whether or not any of this has anything to do with this is unknown. But since my back is suddenly bothering me I think it's important to mention. I've been putting in really long hours this month and sometimes stand for 12-14 hours a day. I do move around but I find myself in that 1 spot quite often. So this brings us to the incident that occurred last Friday.

It was another really long day and I had laid down to go to sleep around maybe 2am or so. All my life I've generally slept in different positions throughout the night but I've sort of fallen in to this sleeping position where I lay on my left side/arm. When I sleep, I usually sleep soundly throughout the night. Well last Friday I woke up around 7am or so. My left arm was hurting quite bad... Right in the bicep area. I slowly got up.. Almost in a daze and sat down in the chair in my room. My arm was really hurting and my tongue was hurting too. My mom was actually coming over early on Friday to help with work so I got lucky in that respect because she came in about 15 minutes later. She was worried(and me too) it could be a heart issue or maybe even a stroke. I have been stressed out with work a lot lately. I had no symptoms at all(slurred speech, facial issues, etc) of a stroke and besides my left arm hurting, I had no signs of heart issues. We tested my blood pressure and it was around 125\75 and pulse was in mid 60's. My tongue was Swiss cheese though. I apparently bit or chewed my tongue, which I've never done in my life. I also apparently urinated in my shorts. Once again having not done in my adult life. We spoke to a few people about a seizure possibility but it doesn't seem like that could be it. I've never had one in my entire life either.

What I thought it could be was my mattress. My mattress is junk and actually sinks in the middle. I thought maybe I kinked a back muscle or something while sleeping, which caused me pain and I subconsciously bit my tongue in response. The first few days after this happened, my left arm was very sore and I could not fan it out, butterfly style above my head. My back is also hurting between the shoulder blades. Fast forward a little over a week later to today and my arm and back still bother me. I have no other symptoms that I'm aware of. I've been forced to now sleep on my right side since my left arm is bothering me. I seem to be getting stronger but I still can't raise my left arm more than half way up. My back hurts a lot at night and I have to get up half way through to sleep in the recliner. When I get up for the day my back is really tender about right in the middle, going down to the base of my rib cage. It's so hard to adjust to this because I've never had any issues before in my life. Once I'm up and walking around the pain in my back generally goes away but my arm is still messed up. The pain returns when I lie down to go to sleep. I know I should go to the doctor and I will if this doesn't correct itself soon. I just wanted to see if anyone here knows or suspects what this could be... I feel like it was related to the mattress but maybe not. One final thing... There had been many nights that I woke up with a sore back on that mattress. I probably should have addressed it awhile back. I really appreciate you taking the time to read this.. Take care... Todd

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