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Sudden upper back pain...

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  • Posted By: shawnbarrytoronto
  • January 7, 2010
  • 00:45 PM

Without a word of exaggeration, I've never had any back pain issues previously - I was fine all my life, then one day I wake up and I have debilitating pain in my upper back. Literally fine one day, I sleep one night as normal, the next morning - agony. That was about 3 months ago, and every day since then I've had upper back pain like I was suffering from it my whole life. If I breathe deeply, I get a wave of pain across my upper back that's shocking. I have to go through a ritual of painful stretching for about 45 minutes to get to a point where I can move again without wincing in pain. Pain killers do nothing to help. After a few hours, the pain diminishes such that I can go on with my day, but after sleeping (on 3 different beds over different nights) it all starts over again.

One day fine, the next day - this, and every day since. Thoughts?

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  • Without a word of exaggeration, I've never had any back pain issues previously - I was fine all my life, then one day I wake up and I have debilitating pain in my upper back. Literally fine one day, I sleep one night as normal, the next morning - agony. That was about 3 months ago, and every day since then I've had upper back pain like I was suffering from it my whole life. If I breathe deeply, I get a wave of pain across my upper back that's shocking. I have to go through a ritual of painful stretching for about 45 minutes to get to a point where I can move again without wincing in pain. Pain killers do nothing to help. After a few hours, the pain diminishes such that I can go on with my day, but after sleeping (on 3 different beds over different nights) it all starts over again. One day fine, the next day - this, and every day since. Thoughts? Where in your upper back? right on the spine or under the shoulder blade? does it have a pinpoint spot where the pain starts and then spreads? How is your stomach? any reflux/heartburn? any unusual bloating? ANY tummy pain or issues? Have you seen a doctor at all yet? I had that same pain. It ended up being a non-functioning gallbladder, and the back pain was "refered pain". It's not a critically urgent problem, but something you should get checked out.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2010
    • 04:30 PM
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  • I had a issue with my back just giving out a couple of months ago to where I could not straighten out after bending. I had just assigned it to stress but because since I had a annual doctors appointment I figured I would mention it and also that about my feet would just go numb (cold exacerbated the numbness). I had had tingling fingers and toes for years so wondered if it was poor circulation.The Doctor thought perhaps I had just strained my back but because of the numbness of the feet he did additional blood tests and had said if they came back negative that I might need some further nerve damage testing. Well they came back that I was deficient in vitamin B-12. I asked if this could have something to do with my symptoms and the nurse said it certainly could. Since than I have done much reading on Low B-12 and it is quite shocking how common and bad this can be for people. So get your blood tested is all I can suggest beside the looking for other possible back related problems such as cancer and disc issues.
    MattB4 53 Replies
    • January 11, 2010
    • 07:22 PM
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