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Experiencing Back Pain

about once or twice a month I wake up in the middle of the night with terrible pain in my middle back. it feels like trapped gas and sometimes I burp excessively when this happens. the only thing that helps is muscle relaxers. I assume it helps the trapped gas ease its way out.
Thu, 5 Jun 2014
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Hello,
Thanks for your query.
From description it seems you might be suffering Mechanical back pain.     
It is a common medical problem.Mechanical back pain implies the source of pain is in the spine and/or its supporting structure. The surrounding muscles and ligaments may develop reactive spasm and pain.
1. Lie on hard bed
2. Taking muscle relaxants in combination with mild pain killers will help you.
3. Hot water fomentation to back 2-3 times a day and applying a local analgesic gel on the affected area will also help in providing a relief.
4. Physiotherapy - Interferential therapy (IFT) to your back will help you relieve the pain
5. Avoid driving, leaning forward, sitting for prolonged time or lifting heavy weights. These activities can increase your back pain.
You can start with swimming and mild aerobic exercises. These do help a lot in the back pain. Do adequate warming up before starting the exercises daily.
Taking calcium and vitamin D 3 supplements will also help in early recovery. You can get these prescribed from your orthopedician

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Take care
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Experiencing Back Pain

Hello, Thanks for your query. From description it seems you might be suffering Mechanical back pain. It is a common medical problem.Mechanical back pain implies the source of pain is in the spine and/or its supporting structure. The surrounding muscles and ligaments may develop reactive spasm and pain. 1. Lie on hard bed 2. Taking muscle relaxants in combination with mild pain killers will help you. 3. Hot water fomentation to back 2-3 times a day and applying a local analgesic gel on the affected area will also help in providing a relief. 4. Physiotherapy - Interferential therapy (IFT) to your back will help you relieve the pain 5. Avoid driving, leaning forward, sitting for prolonged time or lifting heavy weights. These activities can increase your back pain. You can start with swimming and mild aerobic exercises. These do help a lot in the back pain. Do adequate warming up before starting the exercises daily. Taking calcium and vitamin D 3 supplements will also help in early recovery. You can get these prescribed from your orthopedician I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query. Take care