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Lower Back Pain at Night Only

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  • Posted By: Gregscv
  • May 14, 2008
  • 07:07 PM

My very active 12 year old daughter is going through her 2nd round of lower back pain in recent weeks. It is very unusual that she only experiences the pain at night, when she goes to bed. Last night, it was servere enough that she cried herself to sleep.

I am mystified by this, since in my experience, lower back spasms or pain is a constant, 24 hour issue, and not something that comes and goes during the day or night, and I also experience less acute back pain when laying flat and resting, yet my daughter seems to have the pain only at night, when going to bed.

From a health history viewpoint, when she was 8 - 10 years old, she experienced occasional pain at night in certain joints, including her ankles, wrists, and shoulder. At that time, I had her tested for childhood arthritis, which came back negative. I took her to a pediatric orthodpedic specialistst, and no cause for the joint pain could be found, although it was noted she has very minor scoliosis. She is very active, slender, 5'4" tall, and about 100 lbs. Skateboarding is her favorite activty.

I am left wondering if she is overly sensitive to pain, so that the symptoms manifest when she goes to bed, a time when her mind is not occupied with any other activities. But I don't want to discount the possible level of pain she is experiencing. Finally, I am not sure how to approach this lower back issue, with another round of xrays and analysis from the orthopedic specialist, or try a chiropractor for pain. Suggestions are welcomed.

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  • 1 - how about trying a new mattress and new pillows. The mattress/pillows could be too firm or too soft and not supporting her well - especially if she has mild scoliosis.2 - has she had her period yet? this could just be a precursor (or part of ) to menses. You say that this is the second round - how long ago was the last one.3 - have you tried giving her some ibuprofen or tylenol before bed and seeing if that helps?4 - what position does she sleep in - perhaps a different one or a heating pad on her back?Good luckAmanda RN, MSN, FNP
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