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CheesePuff
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   Posted 7/2/2008 6:37 AM (GMT -6)   

I have been flaring mildly for the past couple of weeks (ok ok, maybe two months now) and finally I’m starting to see light at the end of the tunnel as my symptoms seem to be easing off slowly.

 

Anyhow, I seem to have developed a new symptom, an extremely painful back pain. I have had my UC for many many years and have never had any problems like this with my back.  The past couple of weeks, I wake up every morning between 3 and 6 am with extreme pain in my lower / middle back. I have to get up, as the pain is too intense for lying down and it feels like my rib cage is puncturing my lungs.

 

I mentioned this to my GP last week and he told me to take painkillers and it’s nothing sinister, he didn’t even touch or look at my back!!

 

This morning the pain was so bad I nearly couldn’t get up from the bed, even my hubby asked if I need help getting up!

 

My question goes; does anyone know what this could be and what I should do to ease the pain? The pain goes away after I have been stretching a while / how shower and doesn’t normally hurt during the day unless I sit still for long periods.

 

Thanks and sorry for the long post, just getting so frustrated with this pain L


UC since 1995, Pan- Colitis diagnosed May 2007
100 mg Imuran TTC for 7 months already
4 * 800mg Asacol
Iron Supplement
400 mg Folic acid
Multi vitamin supplement
Mild flare symptoms again...


PeanutMom
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   Posted 7/2/2008 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear that you are in added pain on top of the UC hassle.

I'm by no means a Dr but if I had to wager a guess based on the fact that hot water, stretching and motion makes it better and sitting still and sleeping make it worse I'd say you might have a muscle spasm. Keep working it out and try the heat more often if you have a heating pad use it before you go to bed and see if it's not a little better the next morning. If it persists see whomever you have to about going to a physical therapist to help work the pain out. They would for sure be able to tell you if it's a spasm or not.

I fell on ice while holding my son over this past winter and sent my back into a spasm right bellow my right ribs and another in the right shoulder blade but it didn't hurt until about 4 days after I fell. My symptoms were similar, hot shower helped and could barely move first thing in the day, sitting for long periods started to hurt again. Once I saw the PT I was there 3 days for about 45 minutes 1 week, 30 minutes 2 days the 2nd week and then 1 final visit on the 3rd and they had the spasms cleared.
Kim
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~ Married ~ 36
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- UC 1997 currently unmedicated was on Colozal from 2001-2007
- Stage 3 CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease) 2007 taking 7.5mg lisinopril
- Anemic - Ferolicit IV bi-weekly
- Allergies - skin hives when exposed to water - Zyrtec 10mg
- haven't been tested officially but pine is also suspected


CheesePuff
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   Posted 7/2/2008 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Kim for the quick response!! I've made an appointment with a massage therapist for Friday, so let's hope she'll get it a bit better. If that doesn't bring any relief, I will make an appointment with a physio therapist :)
Thanks!
UC since 1995, Pan- Colitis diagnosed May 2007
100 mg Imuran TTC for 7 months already
4 * 800mg Asacol
Iron Supplement
400 mg Folic acid
Multi vitamin supplement
Mild flare symptoms again...


jujub
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   Posted 7/2/2008 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Jepa, what position do you sleep in? You may find it helps to sleep on your side with your knees flexed and a pillow between your legs. From long experience, I can tell you sleeping on your stomach is the hardest thing on your back. If you sleep on your back, try a pillow under your knees. Keeping your knees flexed helps keep the muscles stretched out and out of spasm.
Judy
 
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