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Lower back pain after laying horizontally

Commented on September 22, 2013
Created September 22, 2013 at 12:40 AM

I have an autoimmune condition, that manifests itself as psoriasis and rheumatism. My back doesn't hurt anymore (it used to be so bad that I would wake up in the middle of the night in pain), but every once in a while I will still feel some pain when I wake up in the morning. Now, as then, it only happens after hours of laying horizontally, and the only "cure" is to get up and walk about; the pain disappears after a few minutes.

So, I'm not complaining, I would just like to understand why this happens and in this way. If the pain is a consequence of my rheumatism wouldn't my back be inflammed and hurting in any situation? Why only under these circumstances? What happens to your body when you stay horizontal that worsens the inflammation?

Thanks for any replies, as I've searched and researched on the internet and am stumped for answers.

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on September 22, 2013
at 11:47 PM

It was the paleo diet that first set me on the right track to treat my autoimmunity, and the same is true of many others who struggle with the same issues, namely on this site. They can often be informative on other ways to treat the condition that don't just have to do with food, like exercizes for instance. Every little bit of information helps.

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on September 22, 2013
at 05:36 PM

I've got no answer for why. Doctor wasn't asked that question, he provided a solution with PT and it worked for the most part. btw his PT and program was way different then any other that I tried. Being a sports specialist and non surgical doctor I knew going in that he wasn't going to be doing any cutting on my body which was important for me. I'd seek out that kind of doctor if you need any help.

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on September 22, 2013
at 12:09 PM

I would love to know what your doctor's explanation for that might be. Being as I am a total layman on this matter I would assume that when you're vertical the disks as pressing against each other, and therefore that's when they would be pressuring any nerves or something. It's puzzling to me that it's precisely when you're horizontal and relaxed that it hurts.

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on September 22, 2013
at 02:54 AM

I assumed it was the disk pushing against nerves in that position. I also couldn't drive in the car for more than 20 minutes without stopping and standing up to relax.

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on September 22, 2013
at 02:05 AM

BTW, do you happen to know why you only got numbness and pain when you lied down, and not in any other situation?

F6c4b68f393c2a15b833a29c8d701af6

on September 22, 2013
at 02:03 AM

I don't get pain when I lie down, only after a few hours, and these days (infrequently, not every night) when I wake up. Also no numbness, just pain in my spine.

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on September 22, 2013
at 12:56 AM

What does this have to do with the Paleo lifestyle?

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on September 22, 2013
at 01:38 AM

You would need to be more descriptive of the pain and source of it. I for example have a degenerative area of my lower disks. Lying flat used to cause me numbness and pain that made it a challenge every night to go to sleep. Fortunately I woke up one day and said enough of this crap and lost a bunch of weight combined with strength training exercises and weight lifting. Problem is 99% better with some rare twinges, etc.

F6c4b68f393c2a15b833a29c8d701af6

on September 22, 2013
at 02:05 AM

BTW, do you happen to know why you only got numbness and pain when you lied down, and not in any other situation?

F6c4b68f393c2a15b833a29c8d701af6

on September 22, 2013
at 02:03 AM

I don't get pain when I lie down, only after a few hours, and these days (infrequently, not every night) when I wake up. Also no numbness, just pain in my spine.

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