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Old 04-12-2012, 10:10 AM   #1
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Describe stiff back

Hey there. I have a question about a stiff back. What exactly does that feel like/mean? I have had LBP off and on for quite some time. The pain is usually worse in the morning, but not always. During the day if I am still I really don't have more than discomfort, but if I bend or twist then there is pain. My rheumatologist asks how long am I stiff in the mornings, but I don't know if what I feel would be considered as stiff. Can someone please describe, hard I know, what a stiff back feels like. Does it hurt or just limit movement, is it constant when it is stiff or only if you move? Thanks for any info you can give!


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Re: Describe stiff back

Hmmm. Good question. I guess you need to ask the rheumatologist what specifically he/she means by "stiff." Looking up "stiff back" this is what I found: Reduced mobility or movement of the back.

For most people, this means upon waking, it is more difficult to move as you normally would. The muscles are tight and therefore, there is reduced mobility. I imagine this is what your doctor means...and he wants to know just how long this continues. Does it go away as soon as you get up and get moving, or does it prevent you from moving for a couple hours?

Sometimes when a back is stiff upon waking, the person can perform stretches to limber it up.

Morning stiffness can be a sign of spinal arthritis. It usually improves with a hot shower or as the day goes on...if nothing else is involved.

I would think that pain upon bending and twisting could be a sign of a bulging disc . In my mind, a stiff back is mostly painful when you move. Sitting still, it is generally not painful.

Let's see what others think!!

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