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2017 Reader’s Digest Association Inc. 2017 TRUSTED MEDIA BRANDS, INC. A backache that won’t quit may not just be from shoveling, lifting too-heavy weights, or wearing too-high heels. If your back hurts when you first get out of the bed in the morning, the pain may caused by the inflammation characteristic of arthritis.
Pain can also be caused by a herniated disc, as it pushes out and hits the nerves in your spinal cord. Herniated discs are common with degenerative disc disease, which often accompanies osteoarthritis, or arthritis of the spine. Look out for back pain that lasts for roughly 30 minutes in the morning and then goes away. Prakash Jayabalan, MD, of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Evening pain may not be from arthritis, however, but rather from the stress of daily activities such as sitting at work. When arthritis of the spine advances, wear and tear on the vertebrae can cause a pinching or compressing of the spinal cord and nerves. Since the nerves running down your back connect to different areas of your body, you could end up feeling pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in your hips, butt, legs, and feet.
In most cases, this stiffness will wear off as you start walking around, but the pain may return at night as the joints are stressed from the day. Bending over and arching your back may be particularly painful, and the pain can migrate—one day affecting a shoulder and the next day affecting your neck, and so on. Everyone experiences pain differently, and there’s no right or wrong time to see a doctor. Mikhael recommends seeing a doctor if the pain comes and goes for more than four to six weeks.