Hello and thank you for your question.
Do you feel pain like burning/
Besides pain do you experience numbness and/ or tingling?
The pain is more like an ache.
No numbness or tingling
okay. Is it constant?
Yes, it goes when I take a panadol but comes back again when the effect wears off
okay. There can be two possibilities first is you are getting muscle spasms or can be a condition called Fibromyalgia which can lead to such widespread pain.
How can I identify which?
You need to see a neurologist. He can test the 16 tender points and if 11 out of 16 is tender than you have fibromyalgia and if not than it can be related to muscle spasm.
Cholesterol would not cause such pain.
If it is muscle spasm what can I do?
You need to take muscle relaxants like flexiril or baclofen.
You can apply heat in your back especially before going to bed that would give you relief.
Basic stretching exercises for back and shoulders can also help to relieve spasms.
Would you suggest That I try to treat the muscle spasm before I see the neurologist and if so for how long should I try it?
it may take 2-4 weeks to relieve the spasm. Yes you can ask your doctor to prescribe you flexiril or baclofen to relieve the muscle pain.
Wrong postures can also cause such pain so sitting and sleeping should be in an appropriate way.
Too much and incorrect sitting in front of the computer or in the car and little movement can be bracing muscles and durable wrong postures.
How long before I see an improvement and are there any side effects to the medications you mentioned?
you may get sleepy so take at bedtime.
you may notice in a week or two.
If there is no improvement within this period you are recommending I see a neurologist then?
Yes see a neurologist.
Is there any other advice you would like to add?
I would suggest light stretching exercises and apply heat.
What kind of stretching exercise?
The exercises that you perform must be gentle and involves techniques that are commonly used in yoga. I would also suggest that you use ice after stretching and also use heat prior to going to bed as this will help you reduce muscle tension. Here is a link to the type of back exercises that you should be doing: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/adult-health/multimedia/back-pain/sls-20076265
Where do I apply the ice
Ice should be applied to both your upper and lower back muscles 5-6 minutes at a time. You should repeat this process for 30-45 minutes.
How often do I have to do the exercise
2-3 times a week.
Just to be clear. I have to do the stretching exercise 2-3 times a week for 30 - 45 minutes applying ice immediately after exercising for around 5 minutes?
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Anything else before I sign off. And can I contact you If there is any new developement or if anything occurs to me in the near future?
Yes you can follow up with me here. Follow what I mentioned above and see a neurologist.