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What is nighttime back pain?

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The majority of people with back pain are able to adjust how they sleep to get relief from the pain they experience during the day. But with nighttime back pain -- also called nocturnal back pain -- the hurting doesn't stop when a person lies down, no matter what adjustments he or she makes. For some, the pain actually gets worse -- and for others, the pain doesn't even start until they lie down.  

A person can actually go through a day virtually pain-free -- but then at night, he or she might find it nearly impossible to get a full night's sleep.

From: Nighttime Back Pain WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 29, 2017

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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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