It does not matter if pain is from the lower back, neck, joints or nerves. When you are trying to get to sleep it robs you of the rest you need. You get wore out and exhausted. In addition to dealing with the pain; people who cannot fall asleep due to pain will find themselves getting crabby, worried and anxious. This only magnifies the difficulty of getting to sleep. In addition to preventing a person from falling asleep, pain can also keep a person from staying asleep.
“Maybe it will go away” is what a lot of people hope for. But the truth is that once if pain keeps you awake one night, it is likely to do it again and again. In fact, it usually gets worse over time. If pain keeps you up, take comfort in knowing you are not alone. Let’s face it, no matter what caused it, pain disrupts the enjoyment of life (and to me that includes sleep).
Many pains come from the body’s joints. 5-10% of the patients who have had back surgery will not get the relief they hoped for, not even the relief of their radiating pain, and many have developed what they call “failed back surgery syndrome”. In English, that means they will suffer chronic pain for years afterwards and any further surgery does not seem to help.
The cause of these cases is often in the nerve roots that are encased in the web of scar tissue. Post-surgical nerve tissue is not a rare condition. Sadly, MRI or CT scans cannot determine if the nerve tissue scar is causing the neuropathic pain. Common symptoms for someone suffering from post-surgical nerve tissue scarring are pain, numbness, weakness, and spasm in the arms or legs. The tissue itself because of scarring is less elastic and actually weaker. Treatment can include spinal adjusting to remodel the articular fibers in the area. Resistant exercises to remodel the muscular fibrosis and friction tissue work to remodel the fascia, tendon, ligament and muscular scarring. Lasers can accelerate the breakdown of the fibrotic material in the area. Ultrasound for inflammation, and electrical stimulation for the muscle spasm responses in the pain, spasm, pain cycles. Our clinic specializes in the treatment and therapies that have helps many patients with similar conditions.
With patients that have had prior back surgery, there is always some degree of scarring. The scar tissue is never tender. The nerve root, however, is very frequently more sensitive. It is because in the rebuilding of nerve tissue, it tends to multiply by increasing its branching in the area. This creates the increase sensitivity in the region. So do not be surprised at the sensitivity.