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Back Pain when Lying Straight

mandiemmagavinmmandiemmagavin Posts: 2
edited 04/22/2015 - 7:05 AM in Lower Back Pain
For years I have been experiencing lower back pain. I am 35 years old and the first time I noticed the pain was when I went to tan, when I would lay in the tanning bed on my back my lower back would hurt so bad! And after the 10 minutes of being in pain, when it was time to get out of the tanning bed I was in a insane amount of pain and sometimes would have to roll out of the bed. I don't tan anymore but I still get great pain when laying on any straight surface on my back but my biggest problem is at night... no pain upon going to bed but after sleeping for a while (usually around 4am) I wake in pain! This is every night and I have to get up and walk around and sit up awake for a while and wait for the pain to subside. I try to sleep on my side but still pain and I even sleep with a pillow between my knees... no help. Can anyone give me some advice of why this is happening and if there is any cure!

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    What did your doctor say about that pain?
    Did you have X-rays?

    Pain is worth investigating ...and only doctor can do that.

    Hope you find your answer from doctor soon. I'd be interested in knowing the cause.
    Keep us posted..good luck
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  • mandiemmagavinmmandiemmagavin Posts: 2
    edited 04/23/2015 - 7:42 AM
    They sent me for x-rays but they said that nothing looked abnormal, except for a slight curvature in my spine but nothing to cause as much pain as I had told them about. They gave me some patches for the pain (which is stupid cause it doesn't start hurting til after sleeping for a while) and they sent me to physical therapy! But nothing has helped. I am going to go this week and get my results from the X-ray and the records for myself, not that I could figure out a lot of the medical terminology but I can google the words I am not sure about lol
  • Perhaps do lower back specific stretches and change your pillow/ mattress/ mattress pad to make sure your body and spine are aligned correctly?
    Sleeping straight on your back won't help.
    I had suffered from lower back pain to the point I thought I'll get stuck in the same position one day. I started stretching and changed my mattress and pillow to help my body and spine align. Maybe that would help?
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