Back pain and achy feelings while on Cpap

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rbllhocker
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Back pain and achy feelings while on Cpap

Post by rbllhocker » Tue Sep 20, 2022 1:58 pm

I have been on a cpap for about 5 months now. In month 4, I started experiencing back pain and some achy feelings in my ribs. I have tested a couple different devices to make me sleep on my side. Both had little to no effect on my pain. Some days the pain is in my upper back some days in my lower back, some days the pain is a 10 other days a 5. I can sleep for about 5 hours before the pain wakes me. Anyone else having these same issues? Any advice?
My current situation is that my DR wants me to try a device that I wear and it gives me a shock to have me change sleeping positions without waking me throughout the night.

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Re: Back pain and achy feelings while on Cpap

Post by lynninnj » Tue Sep 20, 2022 3:45 pm

rbllhocker wrote:
Tue Sep 20, 2022 1:58 pm
I have been on a cpap for about 5 months now. In month 4, I started experiencing back pain and some achy feelings in my ribs. I have tested a couple different devices to make me sleep on my side. Both had little to no effect on my pain. Some days the pain is in my upper back some days in my lower back, some days the pain is a 10 other days a 5. I can sleep for about 5 hours before the pain wakes me. Anyone else having these same issues? Any advice?
My current situation is that my DR wants me to try a device that I wear and it gives me a shock to have me change sleeping positions without waking me throughout the night.
Please speak with your primary care provider and specifically tell them you have pain that wakes you up at night. This can be a sign of something more serious.

It could also be nothing.

It could also be your bed. I was able to determine my old bed was crap when I went away for a weekend and felt great, until I came home to sleep and again felt like crap.

hth

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Re: Back pain and achy feelings while on Cpap

Post by babydinosnoreless » Wed Sep 21, 2022 10:08 am

You are sleeping better and deeper with cpap. This means you move around less and it makes other aches and pains far more noticeable. Stay far away from that expensive device that shocks you. I would get a second opinion from someone not affiliated with your first doctor.

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Re: Back pain and achy feelings while on Cpap

Post by rbllhocker » Wed Sep 21, 2022 10:44 am

Thank you. I have a prescription for an xray, I guess I'll go get that done.

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Re: Back pain and achy feelings while on Cpap

Post by lynninnj » Wed Sep 21, 2022 12:18 pm

rbllhocker wrote:
Wed Sep 21, 2022 10:44 am
Thank you. I have a prescription for an xray, I guess I'll go get that done.
Glad you followed up with medical provider. When you get your results be sure to ask about that problem specifically.

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Re: Back pain and achy feelings while on Cpap

Post by Janknitz » Wed Sep 21, 2022 12:55 pm

My current situation is that my DR wants me to try a device that I wear and it gives me a shock to have me change sleeping positions without waking me throughout the night
Has your doctor done ANY assessment to rule out possible causes for the pain, or is it just an assumption that you aren't changing positions frequently?
Because there are many reasons for such pain, if your doctor hasn't done this assessment you need another doctor.

I was having a lot of hip pain after starting CPAP because I would sleep so deeply in one position. A memory foam mattress topper has helped a lot. Physical therapy to analyze your sleeping position and recommend mattress and positioning devices might be a better suggestion than an electric device, too.
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Re: Back pain and achy feelings while on Cpap

Post by lynninnj » Wed Sep 21, 2022 4:37 pm

Janknitz wrote:
Wed Sep 21, 2022 12:55 pm
My current situation is that my DR wants me to try a device that I wear and it gives me a shock to have me change sleeping positions without waking me throughout the night
Has your doctor done ANY assessment to rule out possible causes for the pain, or is it just an assumption that you aren't changing positions frequently?
Because there are many reasons for such pain, if your doctor hasn't done this assessment you need another doctor.

I was having a lot of hip pain after starting CPAP because I would sleep so deeply in one position. A memory foam mattress topper has helped a lot. Physical therapy to analyze your sleeping position and recommend mattress and positioning devices might be a better suggestion than an electric device, too.
I wanted to re-iterate the highlight.

Glad you are getting some measure of followup.

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