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morning back pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 29, 2008
  • 03:59 PM

i am getting close to unbearable lower back pain but only in the mornings
it maybe just a supermarket trip but after about 10 mins i have to sit down for a while and then i'm good for another 10 mins

if i do nothing all day and then around tea time i can do anything, eg i play golf 3 times a week and even a bit of jogging now and then but in the morning is a no no

its not my bed, i tried a few and all the same
my kidneys have been checked and they are fine

latest doctor suggests it may be muscular but im not sure

any ideas ?

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  • God knows I have back problems of my own that I haven't solved, but I will try to give you some ideas. 1. Is it the position you are sleeping in? Have you tried sleeping on your side with a small pillow between your knees? 2. You say you've tried different types of beds. Perhaps you need a bed with a lot of support, but not one that is so hard that it puts pressure on all the wrong places. Try a very supportive firm mattress topped with one of those foam mattress pads that looks like an egg carton. I have been told, incidentally, that if you have a disc problem, those "memory foam" beds are very bad for you (no real support). 3. Try doing some gentle stretches when you get out of bed. For example, while seated, slowly and gently bend over the bed and try to touch your toes. 4. Try using a heating pad to warm up the muscles and get the blood flow going. A hot bath, jacuzzi or even hot shower might accomplish the same thing. 5. Is there something about the mornings that you don't like? What I'm driving at is: perhaps the pain is linked to some sort of negative emotion that you are repressing. Repressing strong emotions can sometimes lead to back pain. (It's true; I've experienced it myself). 6. Try taking an anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen with a little bit of food before you go to bed and see if it helps the pain. You could also instead try a pain killer such as Tylenol. (Of course, don't take those two drugs at the same time....bad for the stomach!!) That's all I can think of for now. I hope I've helped.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 7, 2008
    • 06:59 AM
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  • I appreciate everyone's comments and sympathize with each and every one of you, but what I really would like to see here vs another posting of the same pains are posts from Doctors who would provide a root cause and a remedy OR anyone who has found anything that really worked. One post earlier had a potential solution was to sleep in a recliner. That will take some getting use too or an adjustable bed. I think that would work since most say they feel better once they get up. It is apparently related to the body being flat and something being pinched or pressure applied to. Based on all the postings, the recliner or an adjustable bed seems to be the best option for now. Thoughts?
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  • I have your exact symptoms too, and it looks like ankylosing spodilitis is the culprit.
    cathstar 1 Replies Flag this Response
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