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Old 08-27-2010, 08:22 AM   #1
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Lower Back Pain in Bed

I have terrible lower back pain in bed, especially in the mornings. I can barely turn, but as soon as I get up and move the pain starts to disappear. Does anyone know how this is possible, is it common and should I be worried that it might be something serious? I don't think there is anything wrong with my bed. It's so frustrating, I couldn't sleep properly today because when I woke up I had so much pain that I couldn't get back to sleep.

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Re: Lower Back Pain in Bed

I'm not sure what back probs you have & I'm prob not much help. I'm more here to support others & also ask questions.

I hurt my back on the job 5 yrs ago. Over the yrs it got worst until my pregnancy last year which really messed up my back. I have a Severe Degenerative disk. Go in to a specialist Tuesday to find out more info.

Anyhow, I blaimed my bed for years! Funny thing, I went through around 4 mattresses & still blaimed the bed. But, they were mattresses I'd gotten from family, can't afford a new one. What has helped me is putting foam over the mattress. Those long foam things people buy for travel trailors... We have 2 on our bed, $20 each. It has helped allot. Wish I had a new bed though
Anyhow, you really should get it checked out... I should have years before! When I went to the Chiropracter for the first time 4 months ago, he said my back is misaligned (still is) & I had bone rubbing on bone... My back wouldn't be is such poor shape if I had it checked out sooner (didn't have insurance).
MY Chiropracter took an xray within a few mins after I arrived for my first visit. He's got a great reputation, very important!
Anyhow, Sorry so long... You just reminded me of myself a few months ago before I found out just how bad my back is. Course, could be worst so I'm thankful it's not...

 
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Re: Lower Back Pain in Bed

I will get it checked then, thanks.

 
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Re: Lower Back Pain in Bed

There definitely can be things with your bed, or your sleep position that can cause pain. If your mattress sags even a little, or if you sleep on your stomach you can cause pain over the night. If you sleep on your back, you should have pillows under your knees to support your spine. If you sleep on your side you should also put a pillow between your legs. If you sleep on your stomach, you need a thin pillow under your stomach to avoid pressure on the lower spine. Try whatever seems appropriate and see if there's a difference.
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Re: Lower Back Pain in Bed

I have done some research and learned that the underlying cause could be [B]Ankylosing spondylitis.[/B]

It's a chronic, inflammatory arthritis and autoimmune disease. It mainly affects joints in the spine and the sacroilium in the pelvis, and can cause eventual fusion of the spine.

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You will need to have some tests to determine the actual cause.
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Re: Lower Back Pain in Bed

I have chronic back problems and find if I sleep on my back I will have back pain. I do much better if I curl up in the fetal position to stretch out and curve my spine. The bed does matter though. I had all kinds of problems with a couple of beds and then we finally got one of those "sleep number" jobbies. I like that I can change the firmness as needed. Sometimes softer, sometimes firmer.

 
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[QUOTE=EagleRiverDee;4315995]I have chronic back problems and find if I sleep on my back I will have back pain. I do much better if I curl up in the fetal position to stretch out and curve my spine. The bed does matter though. I had all kinds of problems with a couple of beds and then we finally got one of those "sleep number" jobbies. I like that I can change the firmness as needed. Sometimes softer, sometimes firmer.[/QUOTE]

I have a sleep number bed and thought it would let me sleep on my back and/or stomach and it doesn't help. I have tried soft and hard and still have to lay in the fetal position w/ a pillow between my legs. Now as for my husband that has no back problems or aches and pains he loves to make his so soft even the cat sinks in it.

 
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Re: Lower Back Pain in Bed

That's what we've been wanting Atleast the husbands sleep well hu lol (& the cat!)

 
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Re: Lower Back Pain in Bed

Well, I won't say the Sleep Number solved all my back pain problems- it didn't. I still sleep largely on my side, and never on my stomach, but I can sleep for limited amounts of time on my back. Which is good, since I roll on my back when I'm asleep.

The best bed I ever had was a water bed, but those are hard to find now. They've completely gone out of vogue. But I really loved that bed.

Part of my back routine includes stretching before I get out of bed. I have four primary stretches that I do for each side. I pull my knee up into my chest with my knee bent (to stretch my lower back), I pull my ankle across my body until I feel a stretch in the hip/buttock, I pull my straight leg up and as far towards my head as I can (to stretch the hamstring- critical if you have lower back problems), and I place my ankle on the opposite leg's knee and pull that knee into my chest to stretch the hip. I also do plank poses, bird-dog poses, cat/camel stretches throughout the day as I get an opportunity. Back problems are something you have to work on every day. Still, I've gone from being completely disabled in January of this year from a back injury to being more mobile than I have in years by following a strict exercise and stretch regimen for my back.

 
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Re: Lower Back Pain in Bed

There's no way to say if it could be Ankylosing Spondylitis without testing and examination and x-ray, CT, MRI. It takes extensive testing to get to that diagnosis and you would not solely have pain when waking and while getting moving in the morning. That's more of a chronic spine inflammation issue.

A visit with your doctor is advisable and see if you can get an early morning appointment so it'll be fresh in your mind exactly how you felt that morning, etc.
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Re: Lower Back Pain in Bed

[QUOTE=jodi98;4317224]I have a sleep number bed and thought it would let me sleep on my back and/or stomach and it doesn't help. I have tried soft and hard and still have to lay in the fetal position w/ a pillow between my legs. Now as for my husband that has no back problems or aches and pains he loves to make his so soft even the cat sinks in it.[/QUOTE]

I think soft beds always destablizes your spine specially people like me who have disc problem should always sleep on hard surface. It will hurt initially but the body will start getting used to it

 
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[QUOTE=SpineAZ;4317346]There's no way to say if it could be Ankylosing Spondylitis without testing and examination and x-ray, CT, MRI. It takes extensive testing to get to that diagnosis and you would not solely have pain when waking and while getting moving in the morning. That's more of a chronic spine inflammation issue.

A visit with your doctor is advisable and see if you can get an early morning appointment so it'll be fresh in your mind exactly how you felt that morning, etc.[/QUOTE]
I saw my GP today and he referred me to a physical therapist. I'm afraid that this will be a waste of time, but I hope I'm wrong. My GP suspects that it's nothing serious, he 'thinks' it's back muscle pain, but I'm not convinced. Yesterday, I had an especially bad day and couldn't sleep all night because of the pain, it was absolutely horrible. I felt like crying like a baby, but what worries me most is the fact that it disrupts my sleep completely.

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Old 09-05-2010, 08:31 PM   #14
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I know exactly how you feel..........just getting out of bed in the morning kills me. As the day goes by, it gets better but then it starts all over again in the morning. I went to a chiro but no help. Now I am trying physiotherapy..............

 
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[QUOTE=Argamemnon;4317873]I saw my GP today and he referred me to a physical therapist. I'm afraid that this will be a waste of time, but I hope I'm wrong. My GP suspects that it's nothing serious, he 'thinks' it's back muscle pain, but I'm not convinced. Yesterday, I had an especially bad day and couldn't sleep all night because of the pain, it was absolutely horrible. I felt like crying like a baby, but what worries me most is the fact that it disrupts my sleep completely.[/QUOTE]

Inflammation of the spine can cause the pain when you wake. Be careful! I bought into the physical therapy. The pain continued until I could hardly walk (nearly eight years) before finding I had MS. Of course, doctors were willing to treat me for a little arthritis or about anything else they could grasp onto. I remember telling one doctor "that xray you are holding? It doesn't explain the level of pain I am having". Still nothing was done.

I would find a good neuro. Hopefully they will run an MRI on your spine.

 
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