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I am a 56 year old male experiencing lower back pain mainly in the morning. The lower back can be very stiff for the first hour or so in the morning. Sometimes hard to put on socks or tie shoes. After it "loosens up", I am fine. I have an active lifestyle and work out my core muscles twice a week and play sports regularly. The stiffness and some pain doesn't significantly affect my lifestyle, unless I try to be active early in the morning. It only started about the last 6 months or so. I'm wondering if this is just a common form of back arthritis and common for folks as they age. If so, wondering if I should try some heating pads as I sleep or first thing in morning? I have tried taking Alleve or Advil at night going to bed and it doesn't seem to help much. Would be grateful for any advice on how to manage this issue. Thank you.