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Lower Back Pain When Lying Down Flat? Here’s Why

The last thing you want to experience when trying to go to sleep is back pain in bed. You toss and turn and just can’t find the right spot to get comfortable.

If you have lower back pain when lying down flat, you need immediate relief. The first step is to determine what is causing your pain.

Here are some reasons you may be experiencing lower back pain when lying down.

Pulled Muscle

Your spine is surrounded by muscles. Those muscles work hard all day to keep you moving and balanced. If one of them becomes strained or injured, it can cause you pain when you lie down.

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A pulled muscle can result from lifting objects incorrectly. You should also never twist your body while holding a heavy object.

Often times these types of injuries occur at work with improper training or equipment.

Here is information on how to properly lift heavy objects.

Arthritis Pain

Back pain while lying flat can be caused by arthritis. Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a specific type of arthritis that affects the spine. It is where the vertebrae become inflamed.

This is quite painful and over time may even lead to disability. Right now the cause of AS is unknown, but it does often run in the same family. There is no cure, but the symptoms can be treated with medication.

Lower Back Pain When Lying Down - Degenerative Disc Disease

Another culprit of lower back pain is degenerative disc disease or DDD. It is also one of the most common.

DDD is caused by the wear and tear on the spinal disc. The overwhelming symptom is lower back pain in the lumbar spine region, even though the pain can shoot to other areas of the body.

While there is some breakdown to the spinal discs over time, an injury or accident can also cause it or make it worse.

Treatment for Lower Back Pain

If your lower back pain was caused by a fall or injury, especially if it also includes weakness or tingling, you should call your doctor right away.

If you have back pain while lying flat, you can try using an ice pack. Most people start with a heating pad, but that can actually make any inflammation worse.

The cold reduces the inflammation, and that will help reduce the pain.

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You should also try to keep moving during the day. Stretching and movement help keep the back and spine from feeling locked up.

You can also use over-the-counter pain medication to relieve the immediate discomfort.

When It Wasn't Your Fault

Having lower back pain when lying down flat, can just be a reaction to merely overdoing it or even getting older. But sometimes it is the result of an injury or accident that was caused by someone else.

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