It’s a common thing.
Whether you have lower back pain, stiffness or an ache – it’s very tempting to think that it’s nothing and that it will go away on its own. Maybe you’re passing it off as having “slept awkwardly”, that it’s just a “spasm” or a bit of stiffness that “everyone” your age suffers from.
There’s no obvious reason why it happened – but it doesn’t seem to be shifting.
Lower back pain and sciatica is the most common problem that we see in our practice and usually GPs will advise to “try these painkillers” and “see how it goes”. This is rarely the best advice and often six weeks later, you end up going back to the Doctor again because it hasn’t got any better. Worse still, you are given yet another prescription of even stronger pills, and advised MORE rest. And the cycle continues. As a result, many people, like you, just end up accepting it as ‘part of life’.
Seven reasons why back pain lasts longer than it should:
You thought it would go away on it’s own – but it didn’t
You went to the Doctor who told you to rest and take painkillers – but the pills did nothing to help your back, and as soon as they wore off chronic back pain struck again
A family member, or friend, told you that everybody gets back pain as they get older, so you just accepted it.
You tried other Healthcare Professionals, or a Physio in the past, but nothing they said or did seemed to help.
You tried YouTube exercises but they either didn’t do a thing, or made your back pain ten times worse.
You thought it would be a good idea to rest because your back pain was so bad, but all that did was make it feel even more stiff and tight.
You decided to get a few “massages” hoping that would fix the pain, but all they did was feel nice and relaxing, and didn’t do anything to fix it long term…
The reality is that perhaps the pain you’re experiencing has been caused by years and years of poor posture which weakened the muscles in your lower back. The awkward sleeping position was just the effect of that. It’s finding the cause which is the key to fixing it.