nikitasa wrote:Can lower back pain suggest something serious or just a bad mattress? I'm experiencing lower back pain, but it's not consistent. When I say "lower", I mean at the very end of my back bone. Most of the time it occurs after waking up and sometimes when I walk. I know I can't be diagnosed here, but I just thought maybe someone could share any similar experiences.
Your backbone goes all the way to your butt. The coccyx is your "tail bone" and is below your hips. I suspect you mean lower lumbar? Like right where your back and hips meet? I had chronic lower back pain for my entire life, and the one thing that made the biggest difference and stopped about 80% of the pain was to put my wallet in my front pocket! If you keep your wallet in your back pocket, this might be the problem. It can tilt your pelvis just enough to cause chronic issues.
The second most effective thing to eliminate back pain was abdominal strength. I have not thrown my back out or had any chronic pain issues in my lower back since I lost a bunch of weight and began regular exercise.
However, I do occasionally wake up with a sore back. I notice it most often after a long day of sitting. I am a stomach sleeper, so I think what happens is my hip flexors get tight while sitting, then when I go to sleep on my stomach, my spine is experiencing more lordosis than normal. Stretching before bed always seems to helps.
Do you sleep on your stomach, back, or side?