Lower Back Pain when sleeping on side

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   Posted 2/2/2012 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
  I am looking to see if anyone can help me with this. I am in my 20's and I am attending college. Lately I have found that when I sleep on my side I am unable to turn over due to extreme pain in my lower back. This started off not being an issue but its to the point now where it takes me a good 10 minutes to sit up because the pain is so bad. I have used a heating pad and that seems to help dull the pain but it is still here. It used to go away as the day went on but I am finding myself dealing with a constant pain all day. I have recently put on a good 30 pounds due to eating too much and I am watching what I eat and slowly loosing it. Could this be the cause? Also, I try to not sleep on my side but I always wake up that way even if I wrap myself up in sheets. Any help would be great
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   Posted 2/2/2012 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Imorrow 158,

And Welcome to Healing Well. I hope you find this site as informative and friendly as I have over the years.

As for your situation, I, too, can not sleep on my side. I have to sleep on my back with several pillows under my knees, in order to take the strain off my back. Now, who knows what is the cause of YOUR discomfort? You will probably have to go to a dr and have him or her order tests to investigate. My dr. likes X rays and an MRI, but all drs. are different.

I definitely believe that weight gain can affect your back. So can lack of exercise to the middle of the body. Those muscles affect how your back is supported. I, too, am overweight and feel for you, my friend. It's a great thing that you are losing weight and I think you will definitely see a difference.

One other thing you may try, take an anti-inflammatory like motrin, or alleve as directive. This might help the pain in your back.

I hope you will see a reduction of your back pain soon. Please come back and let us know how you are doing.

God's blessings.


I see that you are very young and may not want to go to a doctor, but that may help you and answer some questions. If the pain continues, I think you may consider this option. Do you have insurance?

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   Posted 2/2/2012 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello 158!

Welcome to the forum!

Many of us here have back problems, so we sympathize with you! That being said, we also see many new members coming here looking for somewhat of a diagnoses. Our very best advice to give you, is to seek a professional medical opinion, as we simply are not Dr's, and can only share our experiences. We will also support you as needed.

I myself had a double lumbar fusion back in 2010, and now suffer from FBS (failed back syndrome)…and sleep most of the time on my back, with two pillows under my knees. I do try to sleep on my side from time to time, and I find that a pillow or two tucked between the knees will provide some comfort, as it helps align the hips to the spine correctly. I also find such as you that sleeping on my side is not the best source of comfort for me, and I pay for it the next day.

Again!…I would advise you to seek out a DR first to see what is causing your pain. Generally they may want to take X-rays and or an MRI, and if indeed they find a problem with the spine, they might start with PT (physical Therapy)…and if that does not provide relief, then injections of some sort might be tried, such as an Epidural. If all of that fails, then you may have a couple of options left, one being pain med's, and or corrective surgery.

Please let us know what your Dr finds out if you do indeed follow up with one.

The "Chronic Pain 101" located at the top of the forum page might be of interest to you, as there are some great articles there. I would also advise starting a pain journal, and you can find the format located within the "Chronic Pain 101" post.

Feel free to print it out, and start your journal. It may help give your Dr a better picture of just how much you are suffering….so please do take it to your Dr appointment with you.

Again Welcome!..and Enjoy the forum!

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