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What causes nocturnal back pain?

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Just as with normal back pain, the cause of nighttime back pain isn't always clear. Among other things, back pain can be caused by any of the following:  

Sometimes, the cause of back pain might not be determined.

  • Problems with the way the spine moves or other mechanical problems, the most common of which is disc degeneration. Discs are tissue between the vertebrae that function as a type of shock absorber; the discs can break down with age.
  • Injuries such as sprains or fractures or more severe injuries such as a fall or an auto accident.
  • Diseases and conditions, such as scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, or spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column. Kidney stones, pregnancy, endometriosis, certain cancers, and various forms of arthritis can all lead to back pain.

From: Nighttime Back Pain WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 29, 2017

SOURCES:

StopPain.org: "How Frequently Does Low Back Pain Occur?"

Harding, I. , September 1, 2005; vol 30: pp 1985-1988. Spine

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, P.A.: "Things that Go Ouch in the Night."

MayoClinic: "Back Pain."

Kramarich, S. Summer 2005; pp 23 - 26 Northeast Florida Medicine,

Family Doctor.org: "Low Back Pain"

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskelatal and Skin Diseases: "Back Pain."

Diagnosis Pro: "Nocturnal Back Pain."

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network: "Frequently Asked Questions: Questions about lower back pain."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 29, 2017

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