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Back Pain While Sleeping

My upper back kills me when I lie down at night. When I get up and sit upright it usually goes away only to start again while lying down. I have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis of my lower back with the dr. suggesting surgery which I am avoiding. I have some numbness in my feet and calves that are not caused by diabetes. The numbness supposedly comes from the stenosis. I take 600 to 800 MG of ibuprofen plus half a Norco in order to sleep and 600 MG twice during a round of golf just to make it through the round. All my drs just give me a blank look about my upper back pain. I have a back brace of sorts which sometimes relieves the pain. It wraps around my whole torso under my arms and fastens with velcro. I have had a couple of lower back epidurals one of which worked like a charm and the other did nothing. The dr. who gave me the epidural said he had a hard time finding a spot to insert the needle due to calcium. I'm 71 years old, am 6'5" and weigh 260 lbs. Any suggestions would be appreciated.



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    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • For what it's worth, my grandfather had back pain from stenosis for 30 years before having surgery, a laminectomy, which worked like a charm. he has no back pain at all now.
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  • Hope you find relief soon, I too am having a lot of pain in the thoracic area, it hurts all the time and feels worse sitting, cannot get comfortable.

    Just a note...I do have diagnosed problems in my neck, then I started getting the thoracic pain.
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