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Resting Pain

WendyLPWWendyLP Posts: 1
Crazy as it may sound, most of my pain is when I am resting in a chair or laying down. My sleep is interrupted by the pain shooting down my leg. I've been reading lots of stuff on this and can't find an answer. I was told by my spinal clinic that I have spinal stenosis or degenerative discs.

Can anyone relate or give me answers?


  • For those of us that only have pain when walking or standing, yes, it does sound weird!! But back pain comes in all shapes and sizes. Sitting actually puts 30% more stress on the discs than standing or walking.

    I don't know if you have had a chance to find the various articles and videos on this website, but they are helpful in understanding some reasons you might be feeling what you are. Here is a link on some causes of leg pain that I hope you find informative:

  • Yes I can relate to you. Perhaps you have a touch of spodylolisthesis. Before my fusion surgery I would get awakened from sleep by pain even though I might not have had any before I went to bed! It turned out that once I was asleep my body would be in such a restful and relaxed state my vertebrae moved slightly out of place. It turns out that it was irritating some of the nerve pathways in the meantime by stretching them forward when the vertebrae would move. My slippage was very minimal but enough to cause this severe pain. The fusion surgery alleviated this.
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