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[Health] Back pain
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Back pain

Just started trialling a Resmed Airsense 10 and have noticed considerable pain across the top of my back and between shoulderblades when I wake up in the mornings.
Found a number of references to this in a general Google search, but opinion varies as to cause. Some suggestion it will go away eventually.
Has anyone else had this problem?


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#2
RE: Back pain
I had this when I first started using my used machine. It went away. I think it is caused by the fact that you are moving around less in bed and staying in one place longer. It was pretty painful for about 4 days, but much better. I got it AGAIN when I was without a cpap for a week (the used one died, but then I got my new one), but lasted only a day.
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RE: Back pain
Hi bayrunner,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Hang in there for more suggestions and answers to your question and much success to you with your CPAP therapy.
trish6hundred
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RE: Back pain
(06-30-2015, 08:04 PM)Mosquitobait Wrote: ...I think it is caused by the fact that you are moving around less in bed and staying in one place longer...

Bingo!
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#5
RE: Back pain
Also, take a look and see if you have changed your pillow arrangement. I found the upper back.shoulder pain when I first started and had to lower my pillows (don't as many anymore). Also, I do sleep in one position more.

Homer
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RE: Back pain
(06-30-2015, 07:27 PM)bayrunner Wrote:
Just started trialling a Resmed Airsense 10 and have noticed considerable pain across the top of my back and between shoulderblades when I wake up in the mornings.
Found a number of references to this in a general Google search, but opinion varies as to cause. Some suggestion it will go away eventually.
Has anyone else had this problem?

I have been bothered by severe upper back pain and cramping of muscles after about 5 hours of sleeping with my bipap machine. I called my pulmonologist who suggested that it was unrelated to my bipap machine but I only noticed it when using the machine and it slowly resolved durning the day only to recur after using the bipap. I slept a night without the bipap and experienced no pain. I have been taking the medication Omeperzole daily for acid reflux and know that long term use of that drug can lead to magnesium deficieny which is essential in muscle contraction physiology so I discontinued the Omeperzole for a few days and started taking an over the counter calcium and magnesium supplement (Slow Mag) and the pain is resolving. I don't know why the bipap machine should accentuate my apparent deficiency in magnesium but my experiment seems to be working. This may not have any relavence to your pain but perhaps it does or will be meaningful to other members of the form. Good luck.
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RE: Back pain
(09-07-2015, 11:43 AM)Emmett Wrote:
(06-30-2015, 07:27 PM)bayrunner Wrote:
Just started trialling a Resmed Airsense 10 and have noticed considerable pain across the top of my back and between shoulderblades when I wake up in the mornings.
Found a number of references to this in a general Google search, but opinion varies as to cause. Some suggestion it will go away eventually.
Has anyone else had this problem?

I have been bothered by severe upper back pain and cramping of muscles after about 5 hours of sleeping with my bipap machine. I called my pulmonologist who suggested that it was unrelated to my bipap machine but I only noticed it when using the machine and it slowly resolved durning the day only to recur after using the bipap. I slept a night without the bipap and experienced no pain. I have been taking the medication Omeperzole daily for acid reflux and know that long term use of that drug can lead to magnesium deficieny which is essential in muscle contraction physiology so I discontinued the Omeperzole for a few days and started taking an over the counter calcium and magnesium supplement (Slow Mag) and the pain is resolving. I don't know why the bipap machine should accentuate my apparent deficiency in magnesium but my experiment seems to be working. This may not have any relavence to your pain but perhaps it does or will be meaningful to other members of the form. Good luck.
Spoke to my chiropractor and he said the change in sleeping position forced by having to wear a mask could easily lead to back pain. Basically said time should fix the problem. My pain is not as severe now but still get some. When I get up in the mornings I sit on a massage chair for 10 minutes and that usually relieves the pain.
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#8
RE: Back pain
bayrunner and Emmett,
When I first started CPAP, I also experienced upper shoulder and back pain. I found it was because I tried to stay in one position. Also had a lot of tightness in upper abdominal area, which was from
breathing too hard. I was totally working against my therapy!

Once I figured out that CPAP was my "friend", I started to relax. I can't say I'm pain free, because I do have arthritis in hip area and moving around helps.
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RE: Back pain
I have had this happen to me for years. I've been on a CPAP for about 13 years or more.  I first thought it was just the CPAP so had my doctor switch me to a bipap and it still happens .  I have to get up and sit awhile pain goes away in about 10 minutes too but this definitely not something that for me has ever went away as suggested by some it was just because you were a new patient and not used to forced air.  If anyone ever has this issue it's never stopped for me.
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RE: Back pain
While my experience is not the same location of pain that you're mentioning, I figured it's worth mentioning.

I get migraines, headaches, and severe pain in my upper neck / lower skull area when I use the F20, due to the headgear putting pressure on that area. I do not experience this with the headgear that doesn't anchor at that point (ie: P10, DreamWear, Brevida). I'm willing to tolerate this since the F20 is working the best for me at the moment. But if I have a migraine, I'm unable to sleep with the F20 headgear, so for that night I will switch to a different mask (with headgear that doesn't press on that area).
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