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Please explain why does my lower back hurt/ache when I lay down?

Please explain why does my lower back hurt/ache when I lay down?

Spine Pain Options: This pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


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Sat down to have nightly cuddles with my son when this deadly lower back pain started. Now it hurts to stand, sit or lay down?

Sat down to have nightly cuddles with my son when this deadly lower back pain started. Now it hurts to stand, sit or lay down?

Go to the Doctor: It surely sounds like this question is the very definition of when one should be going to the doctor's office. Your pain is present no matter what position you assume. Please sign off of the internet and go see your physician. ...Read more

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Lower back pain left side woman who carries heavy toddler around on same side hurts worse when first lay down?

Biomechanical: Carrying a heavy toddler will, of course, put a strain on the back muscles. The deep muscles of the back, along with quadratus lumborum may be involved. Start with yoga style stretching for the low back, also leg crosses and pulling kness to chest while lying on the floor. If your hips have rotated from repetitive strain, you may need to see a physical therapist for sacroiliac joint correction. ...Read more

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Period 3 days late, when I lay down or prop up my sides hurt and I have lower back pain. What is is and what can I do to help it.?

Period 3 days late, when I lay down or prop up my sides hurt and I have lower back pain. What is is and what can I do to help it.?

Pregnancy test: I am unaware of how regular your periods are, but pregnancy is always a likely answer. It all depends on your cycle and exposure to sex. Usually I would do the test 1-2 weeks after a missed period, but you can do it now if you feel that you are pregnant. The back pain can be treated with tylenol, (acetaminophen) ibuprofen, while you wait, but it is always best not to take anything if you think pregnancy ...Read more

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I ovulated on july9. I received sperm on the 8th. Both breast are tender. My lower back hurts until I lay down. I'm now always hungry. Could I be preggo?

I ovulated on july9. I received sperm on the 8th. Both breast are tender. My lower back hurts until I lay down. I'm now always hungry. Could I be preggo?

Conception: It's possible that you conceived on the 9th or 10th as the egg usually lasts about one day. If your period is delayed, obtain a pregnancy test. Consult your gynecologist for more advice. ...Read more

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Husbands left side of lower back hurts when he walks, when laying down flexing right leg sends a sharp pain. Some swelling, herniated disk?

Husbands left side of lower back hurts when he walks, when laying down flexing right leg sends a sharp pain. Some swelling, herniated disk?

Cross SLR: This could be a sign of a lumbar spine intervertebral disc herniation or something else. See your doctor for further evaluation and examination. The history and exam may be able to diagnose a disc herniation. An MRI is often needed to confirm the diagnosis and to help guide treatment options. ...Read more

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I was curious what causes lower back pain when I lay down?

That is somewhat: Dependent on how you are lying down but it may be of a degenerative nature of your spine possibly disc related or to the small joints of your back known as facet joints or even both. Stretching prior to lying down or even otc meds may help. Also check the condition and age of your mattress which generally last about 7 years. ...Read more

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I have severe lower back pain when I bend over, lift things, lay down flat on my back, sit for to long, stand for to long that has lasted for 2 years?

MRI?: If you have pain radiating into your legs, or you have numbness, tingling, or weakness in your legs- you should be checked out by a spine specialist and likely get an mri. Even if you don't have symptoms in you legs, assuming you have tried conservative options, you should probably get looked at by a pain specialist or physiatrist, and still possibly need an mri. ...Read more

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Lower back pain can hardly walk stand. Or.Even. Lay down.

Back pain: This is likely to be due to a back strain, muscle spasm, bulge or disc herniation. Conservative therapy with massage, analgesic medication, muscle relaxers, and physical therapy should be done. I suggest medical evaluation and lumbar x rays. If pain persists despite therapy, then MRI should be considered. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Extreme lower back pain to the point when I lay down and try to get up I am stuck and can't move but when I do I'm hunched over and can hardly walk?

Extreme lower back pain to the point when I lay down and try to get up I am stuck and can't move but when I do I'm hunched over and can hardly walk?

Sacroiliac joint: 21 yo female has severe low back pain that limits low back range of motion and no injuries are described. In this sex & age group, sacroiliac joint subluxation raises to top of the differential diagnostic list. The etiology of her problem is likely a mundane mechanical and soft tissue injury potentiated by Hypermobility Syndrome. She should see an Osteopath. See comments: ...Read more

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I am having a lot of lower back pain. It sometimes hurts to stand always hurts when walking and laying down. Even rolling over hurts. What is it?

Back pain: There are many causes of back pain: arthritis, herniated disk, compression fracture, kidney stones or infection, shingles, strain among many others. Physician can help if you go for evaluation. ...Read more

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Hello I have been having severe lower back pain that shots up to my abdomen. It's so bad that I can sit, stand, walk, bend even lay down without pain?

Hello I have been having severe lower back pain that shots up to my abdomen. It's so bad that I can sit, stand, walk, bend even lay down without pain?

See a doctor: With pain that severe you need to be evaluated. It's possible that it's a kidney stone, your appendix or a problem with the disc in your spine. ...Read more

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I have to lay down slowly so that my back can adjust. I will have a lower back pain for a few minutes after I finally lay down. My chest feels like it is caving in when I awake in the morning. I try to alternate which side I sleep on. I always have should

I have to lay down slowly so that my back can adjust. I will have a lower back pain for a few minutes after I finally lay down. My chest feels like it is caving in when I awake in the morning. I try to alternate which side I sleep on. I always have should

Many problems: You describe many symptoms here.
You should see your family md for a workup and rule out any problems such as a connective tissue disease. Also, due to this many symptoms at a young age, it makes me want you to be evaluated for your symptoms. ...Read more

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I'm 34 and overweight. Having lower back pain/craps when I lay down to sleep & period is 5 days late.

I'm 34 and overweight. Having lower back pain/craps when I lay down to sleep & period is 5 days late.

Multiple issues: If you had sex since your last period, do a home pregnancy test. If the result is negative repeat the test 4-5 days later unless you get a period by then. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully.
If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD.
Practice safe sex if you have sex. ...Read more

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Period every two weeks or so, lower back pain when I bend over or lay down, and fatigue. It's not POS, and I'm a virgin?

Seek GYN consult.: Periods that are too frequent are concerning. Please contact a GYN to review your story and examine you. ...Read more

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Extreme groin pain when workout and lower back pain if I lay down. Urologist said completely fine. Tried cortisone shot to groin. Started 2 yrs ago?

See a surgeon: Have an examination with a general surgeon to see if you could have an inguinal (groin) hernia. Lower back pain could something else including muscle or nerve condition, and could be evaluated by a primary care physician ; may need x-ray studies too. ...Read more

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Lower back pain on left side with pain radiating down thigh to front of knee. Muscle above knee twitches. Feels better when I lay down.

Lower back pain on left side with pain radiating down thigh to front of knee. Muscle above knee twitches. Feels better when I lay down.

Check spine: May be from L3 level of the lumbar spine from herniated disc, bulging disc, osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis. Symptoms include localized pain or pain that travels to the inner thigh anteriorly to middle of the leg. Tingling, numbness or muscle weakness might also be experienced. Mr examination would define etiology of pain. Can see neurologist, neurosurgeon or orthopedic physician. ...Read more

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Severe lower back pain, over year, lay down on hard surface and it cracks without moving a muscle, pain lessens significantly, must do daily, 23yr fm?

Severe lower back pain, over year, lay down on hard surface and it cracks without moving a muscle, pain lessens significantly, must do daily, 23yr fm?

Ligament need repair: When the same part of a back always 'cracks' w/ just relaxing on a floor it means that when standing, sitting, bending, etc. The ligaments which should 'check' or stop excessive motion like forward flexion are likely injured or overstretched. Osteopathic manipulation w/ prolotherapy can often heal the ligament so it can do its job. In my experience, after a year, ligaments rarely heal on their own. ...Read more

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Help, I have chronic sciatic nerve pain and lower back pain, how do I make this pain stop? I am a college student and I cant walk or lay down or sit.

Help, I have chronic sciatic nerve pain and lower back pain, how do I make this pain stop? I am a college student and I cant walk or lay down or sit.

Interventions: If your sciatica is secondary to a discogenic compression of a nerve root, you might benefit from epidural steroid injection, but it is possible that a surgical approach may be needed. Please seek out a consultation with a spine specialist. ...Read more

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My lower back hurts when I sit down for at least 10min or longer and is painful to sit long. My dad thinks its from cheer, do u think I pinched a nerv?

My lower back hurts when I sit down for at least 10min or longer and is painful to sit long. My dad thinks its from cheer, do u think I pinched a nerv?

See below: Depending on where the pain is, it's quality, duration and intensity, whether it radiates anywhere and what relieves or exacerbates it can determine the cause. Without more info, I do not want to speculate, but I would see your doc for an evaluation. ...Read more