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low back pain at night

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  • Posted By: Reuben C
  • February 4, 2007
  • 10:39 PM

For the past seven months I have experienced agonizing low back pain beginning at about 4 am. The pain is relieved by getting up, and a bowel movement. No matter what position Im in, or where I sleep it is the same(have tried everything). In addition I am experiencing diarrhea, indigestion, gas, bloating some cramping, and shortness of breath. No visible blood in stool. I had an upper GI done which showed some reflux, and a stomach scope which showed erosions in the stomach and was prescribed nexium. While the nexium helps with heartburn and indigestion, the bowel related issues and the night pain remain and are becomming overwhelming. I am a 42 year old male, in otherwise excellent health. My job keeps me active physically and outside daily. Input?

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  • Time for a colonoscopy?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 4, 2007
    • 11:10 PM
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  • Funny you should mention that, I visited a GI and that is where I recieved a fecal smear and the stomach scope. I was charged for both but never given a result for the smear, and the Dr. thought the colonoscopy unneccessary.
    Reuben C 1 Replies
    • February 5, 2007
    • 03:48 AM
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  • Call for results of the test - have them fax u a copy too. Set another appt and let the dr know you still have pain. Demand a colonoscopy.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 5, 2007
    • 00:56 PM
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  • Ask your physician about a colonoscopy. You also need to know the results of the fecal/occult stool test, although it's doubtful that it showed anything or your physician would have discussed it with you. You might try a small pillow between your knees to alleviate the back pain, the pressure put of your spine while sleeping is tremendous. If you are a back sleeper try putting a pillow underneath your knees. A lot of folks get accustomed to having a bowel movement at certain times each day, yours is occuring at night. Try eating a light meal at dinner-time and trying to have a bowel movement before going to bed. It might take a few tries before you can accomphlish this. Perhaps if you can prevent the pain from occuring you won't awake and feel the need to have a bowel movement. Since your have reflux try elevating your head some. Almost anything is worth a try.Good Luck:)
    SleeplessInTheSouth 7 Replies
    • February 5, 2007
    • 02:48 PM
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  • For the past seven months I have experienced agonizing low back pain beginning at about 4 am. The pain is relieved by getting up, and a bowel movement. No matter what position Im in, or where I sleep it is the same(have tried everything). In addition I am experiencing diarrhea, indigestion, gas, bloating some cramping, and shortness of breath. No visible blood in stool. I had an upper GI done which showed some reflux, and a stomach scope which showed erosions in the stomach and was prescribed nexium. While the nexium helps with heartburn and indigestion, the bowel related issues and the night pain remain and are becomming overwhelming. I am a 42 year old male, in otherwise excellent health. My job keeps me active physically and outside daily. Input?On this website go to "all of the boards" and scroll down until you get to back conditions. There is one thread that is titled "early morning back pain". You might find it interesting. You might have to go to the third or fourth page to find it. I have the same problem but I do not think my pain in my back is related to intestinal. Good Luck!!! My has been more than 10 years now. Docs are of no help! Imagine that!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 5, 2007
    • 08:40 PM
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  • For the past seven months I have experienced agonizing low back pain beginning at about 4 am. The pain is relieved by getting up, and a bowel movement. No matter what position Im in, or where I sleep it is the same(have tried everything). In addition I am experiencing diarrhea, indigestion, gas, bloating some cramping, and shortness of breath. No visible blood in stool. I had an upper GI done which showed some reflux, and a stomach scope which showed erosions in the stomach and was prescribed nexium. While the nexium helps with heartburn and indigestion, the bowel related issues and the night pain remain and are becomming overwhelming. I am a 42 year old male, in otherwise excellent health. My job keeps me active physically and outside daily. Input? Reuben, I know it's been 3 years but did you find out what was wrong, did you find supplements that make you feel better. I have the exact same problem and have had the same GI scope which showed reflux and some erosion. This is crazy being woken up at 4am and then after a few bowel movements it's gone until the next morning. Thank you.
    Twinkle03 1 Replies
    • November 15, 2010
    • 08:06 PM
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