Back pain

Had horrendous back pain for the last week, in my lower back and top of my legs, so bad I couldn't sleep, and I am still stiff (really difficult getting up in the morning.) It got slightly better throughout the day, but lying down was agony. This morning - still painful and difficult getting up but I can move around - but now for the first time I have pain in my upper/middle back, which is worse when I breath, more than when I move. I don't have any cough, I don't feel ill, a bit tired from lack of sleep due to pain, no temperature, or anything, and the upper back problem is not getting better. No pain at all in my lower back now. Can back pain move around like this? I'm not an expert, probably because I am very short!

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  • Good evening,I too suffer with aweful back pain,in fact it is the worst affected area for me.Ive also been getting bad pain for over a week now in my lower back,pelvis and hips.I also get pain in the t part of my back just as bad and I find that the pain moves about.It is quite common to get pain in between the shoulder blades and I get a lot of pain where my bra strap lies.I think mine is due to an injury when I was in my twenties when I fractured my coccyx.It showed up on the X-ray years later that I had an old fracture in the middle of my back and there is flattening of the discs.I do hope that it subsides for you soon,have you been to your g.p yet about it?xxx

  • Hi there, I'm sorry you are struggling with such nasty back pain, I too suffer with my back hugely, so you have my fullest sympathy. From what you have said, I would encourage you to make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible, and maybe get an X-ray done just to see if there is any structural damage that is causing your problem.

    I really wish you well and am sending positive vibes your way :-)

    Foggy x

  • Thanks for your support! I think I hurt it doing a housemove, recently - and I have the worst bed in the world. Kudos to all you regular sufferers - you're amazing to keep going.

  • Hi again :-) I'm sorry that moving house has done this to you, moving can be one of the most stressful times both physically and mentally, so I'm sorry to say, I'm not surprised your body is having a bit (to say the least) of a reaction. Is there any way you could perhaps either sell, or get rid of your bed and replace it with something which is more suitable. I am a great exponent of Memory foam toppers! which can make a world of difference. If you would like to message me for more info, please feel free to do so :-)

    Foggy x

  • Yes, I would, please! It's new (the bed) but like sleeping on a pile of sticks!

  • Hi there

    I am so sorry to hear of your plight at the current time. I have chronic back pains due to an accident and it is absolutely awful, so I hope that you can get some relief from this problem. I had a good read on the NHS Choices website and it gives some useful information on back problems.

    Take care of yourself

    Ken x

  • Hi Pigletmumma,

    I am sorry you are in such pain. You mentioned you might have hurt it during a house move - often a strain can be exacerbated by sleeping strangely - have you been able to sort out your sleeping arrangements yet?

    Also - I can highly reccomend swimming - My back pain is rather bad and keeps me housebound at the moment - but my physio says that once I get a bit better Iw ould be allowed out to go swimming as this is apparently very good for sorting out a back.

    If it does not get better in a couple of weeks, or if it gets any worse, it would definitely be worth popping into the docs just to make sure you haven't popped anything. But I have been told that non injury back pain can take between 2 weeks and 3 months to get better - sorry if that sounds bad, but I mean it in a nice way, that is to say it may be about for a bit but it does not necessarily mean anything major is wrong.

    wishing you better - M

  • If you have back pain report it quickly to the doctor. I reported mine last year and was told I had to wait 6 weeks before they'd do anything as it often gets better in that time. I then had to see a specialist and was then referred for Physio where they have now decided that I have a strong left stoop. If exercises don't work they will have to operate.

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