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Waking up in extreme pain only when lying on my left side with right leg bent upwards??

Hi - I am new to this forum but over the years I have had some issues mainly with my neck - I have had spasms that have been agonising and all they have found is disk degeneration (I am in my thirties).  I have 3 children and with all 3 I had SPD and awful sciatica.

I still get various pains - knee pain, ankle pain, back ache but not to the level that it is affecting my life.  My joints are quite hypermobile so I think that is probably having an effect!

The reason for this post is that I very rarely sleep on my left side but occasionally I wake up in that position and when I do I wake up in extreme pain in my left mid back (waist level) as if my back has totally locked - I usually have my right leg bent up resting on the mattress and I have to slowly lower my leg and roll very slowly on to my tummy then built up the courage to try and turn onto my back..... the pain is extreme but once I straighten out it soon eases and I am not left with pain....

Any ideas why this is happening and only on my left side?? The majority of the time I sleep on my tummy with my left leg raised or on my right side.

Thanks in advance! 


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
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  • MarWinMarWin OhioPosts: 696
    I have to sleep with a rolled up towel or bolster. One under my neck, no pillow. And another in the lumbar region just below my bottom rib, about 1-2" below. The one under my neck is about 3", and the one under my lower back is about 2". It took some time for me to build up the tolerance to sleep with them but they do help me maintain a good posture while I sleep. Fortunately I've always been a supine sleeper, which I've found out is the optimal sleep position. You should take some time to figure out what your posture is doing. I'd suggest getting an xray. If I never did I would never have learned that I had scoliosis, high hip, rotated pelvis. All leading to sciatica. 
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