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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Lower Back Pain
WOndering how lumbar disks can cause pain while at sleep...no weight bearing on them???


  • Hi lizbeth and welcome to spine health.
    We are here to offer you personal support and advice and are not qualified to give out medical advice.

    Can you give us a bit more history???
    Have you had a MRI or CT scans to see if there are any herniations /bulges/arthritis in the spine to be causing you pain????
    Have you seen a spine specialist??
    What kind of pain do you have when sleeping or awake??

    Sleeping is my worst nightmare. I have herniations all the way through my spine. Plus DDD and arthritis. So I awake in pain every morning. I know it seems odd because your laying down and not alot of pressure is being put on the spine. When in all actuallity it does. Sleeping habits,mattresses, all contribute to pain. Your spine is curved when sleeping. All of our bodies are usually not aligned correctly when in the sleeping position.

    Its kinda hard to give you a answer if you do not have a diagnosis. The back can cause us many problems.

    Let me know when you can, then mabye we can help you the best we can through your pain.

    Hang in there
    Terri O:)
  • I think that pressure is actually placed on the discs while we sleep. Depending on what position that you sleep in is probably what determines which part of your back takes the pressure.
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  • Have you tried a pillow between your knees? Of course you'll reposition overnight and that may cause the nerves to be compressed and you get pain. Are you on sleep meds or something for pain? I bought a memoryfoam mattress and that has been so nice as it keeps you in the same position longer. Let me know and I can pm you the place to get one for wholesale price. Keep us posted to your progress. take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Thanks for your comments. I do use pillow between knees.
    Knocked off my bicycle by another cyclist in 2000, landed on right buttock,elbow, helmet cracked but not skull!
    Had MRI's in 2002 and this past January.
    1) diffuse disc bulges at L3,L4, L5 with mild stenosis
    2) bulge at L5-S1 space with mild degeneratate facet joint disease and disc material extending into left neural foramen, encroaching on exiting nerve root.
    3) Had 3 epidurals over six months in 2003.
    4) Have had Chiro treatments since Dec.2007
    5) Had EMG in Feb,2008 Neurologist said my reflexes were normal
    5) Take Ibuprofen 200 3x day and when needed oxycodone/acetaminophen. Use 1.5 Melatonin to help get to sleep.
    Walking more than 30 minutes causes sciatic pain down to right foot. Sitting in forward bent position causes pain in buttock and lumbar area. :''( I)

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