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Lower back pain in the mornings

I have been waking up with chronic lower back pain for the past 2 years now. It wakes me up around 4am daily and I have tried many things to reduce the pain to no success. Normally as I walk around in the morning the pain goes away but it is taking longer for that to happen these days. I have been to many doctors all of which do not know what is wrong. I have had a nucear test on my spine which seperates the spine into tiny parts to look for any damage, but nothing was found. It feels as if I have 2 hard rods in by back going up next to my spine - so thinking something muscular?
I also have a very tender coccyx which again the test show that it is not broken - but when I sit on a hard surface it really hurts for me to stand up again.
I am both scared and exhausted by this pain - it started 2 months after my 3rd c-section but apparently this is just coincidental.
I am also beginning to feel weakness in both my legs and occassionally I get numbness in my little toes for a short period of time during the day.
Does anyone have any ideas as to what could be wrong??? I am seeing my doctor again tomorrow afternoon so I could perhaps suggest any of your ideas to him if possible??


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  • Lili_InuLLili_Inu Posts: 633
    edited 08/13/2013 - 2:23 AM
    This could be all muscular. Have you seen a chiropractor, podiatrist or sports medicine doctor? Do you exercise on a regular basis? My pelvis was completely off and unstable causing a lot of my problems due to a shorter right leg. Have yourself examined by a reputable doctor. Many people get lower back pain and do much better with orthodics. Good luck!
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • There are many things that could cause the symptoms that you describe. I would not worry about all the potential issues and go forward with your doctor visit. Here are some things that you should do:

    1> Write down a list of your symptoms. You don't want to skip something when you talk to your doctor.
    2> Write down any other questions that you have
    3> You did not mention what type of doctor you are visiting. Ask the doctor to make sure that they have experience in the types of problems that you are having and should you see a specialist. I like my GP and think he does well. However, he did not refer me to a specialist. A nurse with my insurance company (health coach) suggested that I see a rheumatologist. This doctor after treating me for awhile referred me to an orthopedic. I went to an ortho at a spine center he referred me to their pain management program. You need to get to the right type of doctor.

    In summary, make the most of your visit by writing stuff down so that you can make sure you cover everything on your visit. If the doctor sees you asking questions from your list, he will get used to the idea that you have a list of concerns and hopefully not distract you from your list of questions.

    That's my 2 cents!
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