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What should I know about nighttime back pain?

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Nighttime back pain is a special type of lower back pain that could indicate a serious problem with your spine.

In the U.S., up to 80% of the population experiences some form of low back pain at some time in their lives. It's the second most common reason people see their doctor. As debilitating as back pain can be, most instances of it are manageable, and people who get adequate rest and proper exercise often see improvement within a matter of weeks.

With nighttime back pain, however, people can't get the rest they need because they can't get relief from their pain.

From: Nighttime Back Pain WebMD Medical Reference

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

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

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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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