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night time back pain



  • I know this is a very old post but did they eve find out the problem? And are you able to go through the night? I had a microdisctomy L5-S1 10 weeks ago and about 5 weeks ago I started getting bad pain at night, can't roll over as in so much pain and can't walk or bend when I first wake.. But as day goes on I feel fine! Keep going back to docs to be given more pain killers but nothing is working. I dread going to sleep.
  • No strong opiates worked for me until I took a muscle relaxant with them. I could take as many painkillers and they hardly touched the pain.

    I take Rivotril, probably a different brand name in the US. They are supposed to be non addictive and work for me, They really eased the pain so much. Before that my muscle spasms were out of control. The physio would align my spine and my muscles would spasm it out straight away, actually this still happens even with muscle relaxants. That's why she tapes me now, in between muscle spasms. Guess I still have them but not nearly as bad as before.

    I still have pain but the muscle relaxants made an incredible difference. A pillow between your knees, as Meryle said works for me too. Day or night doesn't make any difference to my pain. It's there when I go to bed and when I wake up, so I guess it depends on your injury. Now someone has worked out mine is mechanical she has been able to give me the first pain free hours, sometimes days in eight years.
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  • No one will help. I have the same thing and it gets worse when I try to sleep at night. I wake up and I will try to roll over and I just can't. It's like I am paralyzed. I cry and try to grab the edge of my bed an pull myself over it has gotten worse and worse over time and last night I woke up and I could barely do that it was the worse it has been . I thought that it was the end and I was never going to be able to get up and I was home alone last night because my BF was on 3rd shift. I often get stuck sitting on the toilet too, and that is the worst My Dr put me on Butrans patch last month and it works for the first 4 days or so. He told me I can take my Tylenol 3 for the last couple of days as needed and then change the patch at the 7 day mark (they are supposed to work for 7 days and then you change to the next patch), I did that with what I had left from the previous months prescription. I had an appointment on Wednesday and told him what was going on and that insurance won't cover the patch so I need to just take the Tylenol 3 alone again until he can try to get them to authorize covering the Butrans patch for me and that I needed a new RX for the Tylenol 3 (which was about 2 weeks over due anyways). I have 1 week left of the patches so I go to Walgreens which is were I have to get my RX filled according to my pain management contract. They refuse to fill it because I had the Butrans patch and will only allow me 1 type of this medicine. They call him and tell him he is going to lose his license blah blah so now I have the Tylenol 3 RX on hold till the Butrans patch is done.I have 4 more days left and for some reason the patch stopped working last night already I guess because of last night and I have nothing to help me thru this. I know it's only 4 more days but when you aren't sleeping and stressed out it seems like forever. I feel like I am being over dramatic but it hurts and I'm tired so of course I am going to be more dramatic than normal. I also read the reviews on the Butrans patch when I was trying to decided if I wanted to pay for it without insurance to try it and see how it works or not. Every forum and review I read other people were prescribed break thru pain meds also when I mentioned this to the pharmacy she told me no I don't think so they don't do that. Which of course made me really mad. The other part I hate is that my dogs need to go out when I finally do manage to get out of bed and I can't even bend over to leash them and I feel horrible making them try to wait to go out first thing in the morning that's just mean. I don't wish this on anyone ever. I understand what you all are going thru and I hope someone finds a way to help us.
  • I have never heard anything about the butrans patch not lasting the 7 days it is supposed to. Many doctors don't believe in the use of breakthrough meds, and especially in someone new to pain management........butrans patches do last the 7 days, in fact, this is the very first time that I have ever heard someone complain of them not lasting the entire time.
    It may be that some of the increased pain you are experiencing is related to your inactivity. I know that it is not what you are going to want to hear, but you can not lay in bed all day, and all night, because it will cause problems with your sleep patterns, it will hurt MORE to finally move around, and it will weaken your body......
    How often are you taking the Tylenol # 3? How often? And how many?
    What was your diagnosis regarding your pain? What doctors are you seeing? I can't recall so I am curious what is wrong with your spine and what other medications and treatments you are undergoing to improve ?
  • First time poster here but semi long time sufferer...!!

    I am 42 years old, about 5ft 9, weigh about 10and a half stone and about small to medium build. I see myself as averagely fit in health - I don't smoke and do not drink to excess.

    Within the last 6 months, I have been getting a really sharp pain in my lower back/side during the night whilst I have been asleep. If I am facing forwards, the pain is on my left side and round the back (lower back area) where all the muscles are.

    It really is quite a sharp pain is enough to wake me up every night. No amount of changing position whilst in bed, is enough to stop the pain so I just try t bare with it until it is time for me to get up in the morning (at 7am).

    The strange thing is, is that within half an hour of waking up and walking about, having my breakfast and walking out the front door heading to work, the pain subdues and has almost vanished. Certainly, by the time I am at my desk in the office, a good hour later, the pain has indeed completely disappeared...?!

    I get no pains during the day (I have an office job where I sit at a desk all day - I have a McKenzie lumbar pillow supporting my lower back as the office chairs are quite uncomfortable!) and certainly, no pains in the early evening when I am back at home.

    Its literally when its time to go to bed (I go up at about 11:30pm), when I fall asleep, I then wake up at around 3am in pain. Some nights are worse than others but I can normally get back to a light sleep as I try to block out the pain however, it does indeed stay with me until about half hour after I have woken up (as I stated above).

    I haven't been to a doctor as to be honest, there is probably not much wrong that he can find with me but wanted to post me views on here for some possible advice.
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  • BrannonC4BBrannonC4 Posts: 1
    edited 07/03/2015 - 10:50 PM
    hello, first time poster long time sufferer here.

    firstly i'm 19 years old, and have suffered from back pain for 4-5 years now (cracking/popping when moving) and weazing when sitting down. now for probably 2-3 weeks i've had this sharp pain in the top of my back during the evening & before bed. last night i was up until 3am nearly crying lying against the bath tub with a cold flannel on my back ( seemed to subue the pain) i haven't felt a pain this horrible before and don't know where to turn. i feel like i'm too you young to have disc generation! no matter what position in bed it doesn't help at all so i've gone down the ibuprofen route for the meantime.i have planned to call the doctors on monday and take it from there. is there anything that anyone can suggest in the meantime?

    thanks in advance.

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  • AMWoodyAMWoody SurreyPosts: 107
    Well I have finally found the post that I needed to see... My night time is becoming a real problem. I am 5 months post op discectomy and OMG turning over is unbearable. Like most of you I can cope with the day time but the night brings back a lot of my pre op pain..... My mind set is then affected and all sorts run through the mind like "what if I need more surgery" etc etc..... Well I don't know what the answer is and it is getting worse.....
  • LizLiz Posts: 9,759
    This is an  very old discussion created by a member who has not been on the forum for a long time so I am closing it.
    If you need to discuss this further please start a new discussion.


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