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Jude's avatar

Yesterday, I started with lower back pain (for no reason that I can think of), I woke up this morning and it's still sore. Anyone ever had this?

Asked by Jude (32101points) June 23rd, 2011

I didn’t sleep the greatest, last night (because of it). Weird thing, I didn’t do anything at all that would injure my back.

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lucillelucillelucille's avatar

You need to strrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetttttttttch.and stop hanging from the table lamp XD

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Hunched over a desk or computer with less than optimum seating will cause a pain. You don’t have to lift an thousand pounds. Even five pounds lifted wrong, with a twist at the waist can throw your back out or at worst shift a disc in you spinal column.

Seelix's avatar

Is it that time of the month (or near to it)? I often get back pain in the week before my period starts. If the pain is bad, Robax or a similar medication does wonders, but be careful if you have to drive – it can make some people drowsy.

JLeslie's avatar

You probably did something. Don’t lift anything over 10 pounds for a few days. Always put your feet up when sitting. Put a pillow under your knees when lying on your back. Take some ibuprofen for a couple of days, 600 mg with food and a glass of water every 6 hours or as needed. Don’t wear high heals for now. It should get better in a few days. You might have just slept wrong, or for whatever reason a muscle is cramping. Once alleviated, if you don’t exercise, consider that weak tummy muscles can lead to back injury, along with using your back rather than your legs to help you lift. Never lean over to pick up something, always bend at the knee to get down to the level of the item. Also, carry things close to your body.

Jude's avatar

@Seelix Just finished it.

Judi's avatar

Yoga time.

Seelix's avatar

A couple of years ago, I decided to change my shower curtain. I was standing on the edge of the tub and so I dropped the old curtain to the floor after I took it down. Mr. Fiance bent to pick it up, and threw his back out. He was on the couch for two days after that.

The others are right – sometimes even the smallest thing can lead to an ouchy back. Take it easy and take some Robax or ibuprofen in the meantime.

erichw1504's avatar

Kidney stone?

That’s how mine started out. I had this constant lower back pain, then it progressively got worse. It got so bad I ended up going to the hospital in severe pain. They found out it was a kidney stone! They gave me a shot and after a couple days I passed it.

If you still have it for another day or it gets worse I would recommend seeing a doctor.

tom_g's avatar

@Jude: “I didn’t do anything at all that would injure my back.”

Whenever I injure my back, it’s doing the most ridiculously normal things, like picking up a piece of paper on the floor, or tying my shoe. I never seem to injure it while moving furniture.

Jude's avatar

Wouldn’t your back go into spasms, though, even during light activity? Wouldn’t you feel something?

JLeslie's avatar

@Jude Not necessarily. Think whiplash, you figure out you had a bad injury the next day when the muscle tightens up.

YoBob's avatar

Welcome to the aging process… ;)

Stretching is usually the best thing for back pain. However, if it continues for a couple of days you probably want to seek the advice of a doctor.

flutherother's avatar

Yes I’ve had it more than once and for no apparent reason. It can be painful and wake you up at night when you turn over. It should ease off in a day or two.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@Jude Every single time my husband has “pulled his lower back out” it’s been doing something ridiculously mundane. Yoga is a great idea, as is a visit to a chiropractor. Maybe a follow up in a few weeks with a masseuse.

atlantis's avatar

Also check your sleeping posture or flip over your mattress.

zenvelo's avatar

How old is your mattress? Does it sag? And did you perhaps sleep in a slightly different spot or position?

wundayatta's avatar

Lower back pain is often caused by a lot of sitting in chairs, especially if you don’t have an ergonomically correct chair and double especially if you tend to slump in your chair.

Yoga can help. You can also ice down the area. That keeps the prostaglandins from running around so rapidly and gives you some relief. I used to do chiropractic for my back all the time. Now I just ice it down and it is generally better in a day or two.

When one muscle stops working well, the others try to take up the slack. They may quickly go into spasm, and then you’re a dead duck. The ice slows down that process. Good luck.

Jude's avatar

So, who wants to rub my lower back?

I am home now (took some meds) and I’m taking ‘er easy. Thanks!

Jude's avatar

The back is feeling much better this morning! :) Thank-you, everyone for your help. I picked up some Robaxon and put my feet up. The Robaxon made me a bit high, so, last night was delightful.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@Jude Glad to hear you’re better…Take her easy for a few days at least.

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