A 24-year-old female asked:
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why does my lower back hurt when i lay on flat hard surfaces?

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Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Hmmm: Perhaps because they are hard and flat? If you happen to lack 'personal padding' (= are skinny), then the pressure of your body on a few contact points where it impacts the hard surfaces can cause pain. Softer surfaces allow the pressure to be spread over wider area and tend to not cause pain. Use a cushion/pad/something to prevent pain.
Answered on Jul 21, 2013

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