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First experience with back pain (not lower)

DollarbillDDollarbill Posts: 1
edited 06/13/2013 - 2:42 AM in Chronic Pain
I am not one to have had much back pain (I'm 31), and my symptoms first started about two weeks ago. I woke up one morning before usual to some dull mid-back pain, and the longer I stayed in bed, the worse it got. So I got up and stretched and moved around a bit, and within 10 or 15 minutes the pain was gone. I thought it was my old, worn out, cheap Skilkraft mattress I had been using, so I ordered me a new one, and it is relatively nice, and firm. Same thing, after sleeping in the horizontal position for 5 or 6 hours, I woke up early again to gradually worsening back pain. I got up, moved around, and back pain gone. I am now at the conclusion that lying horizontal is what is killing my back. When I am in a reclined position, I do not get the pain, so for now I am having to sleep this way until I can get some medical advice.

I have been doing some back stretches, and exercises, and they are completely pain free. I do have some curve in my lower spine (a little more than most), not sure if this is finally catching up to me... My day to day life is still very normal, and my back is strong, but I am struggling with the morning pain that comes from sleeping in the horizontal position.

Any suggestions? Advice? Similar experiences? Thanks in advance.


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