Back Pain

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lynbrown | 11:12 Thu 06th Dec 2018 | Body & Soul
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For the past two nights, I have been woken in the middle of the night by a pain in my back, around where my waist would be. No amount of moving reduces the pain and it is only when I get up and stand that it eases off. What could be the cause?


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Not enough information, but there are many, many causes of back pain in women ( and in men).
I notice that you had a scan of some sort some weeks ago, have you got the result?

by far, the most commonest cause is musculo skeletal problems associate with arthritis.

Take ibuprofen before you go to bed at night and reassess the situation in a weeks time.
What position do you sleep in?

If you sleep on your front, that could be the reason.

If you sleep on your back with your legs very straight, that could also be the reason.
If you do sleep on your back, try putting a thick cushion under your knees to keep your knees bent.

If you sleep on your side, try putting a pillow between your knees to raise the top leg slightly and to stop it pulling down on your pelvis.

Try that for a few nights, and if no joy, I recommend you see a registered Chiropractor, who will be able to examine you thoroughly and diagnose the problem.
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Hi both, I did have a scan and it showed up gall stones, but not enough to need any treatment. Also this night pain is lower down than my gall bladder and on the other side.
My advice remains unaltered.
Look at how you move during the day, if you are bending to get things from low down try bending your knees instead and never lift with your back bent. If you have been lifting badly a long time it has finally caught up with you. Gentle stretches during the day may help and of course the ibuprofen. If you want to strengthen your back there are plenty of good websites that show the right exercises.

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