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Waking up with Low Back Pain? You May Have a Herniated Disc!

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:33pm

San Francisco Herniated Disc Doctor Comments:

Sps03441_2   One of the more common signs and symptoms of a disc bulge or a herniated disc...is waking up with low back pain. Or feeling low back pain right when you step out of bed. Then, when you start to move around, the low back pain subsides or diminishes in intensity.

I have heard many medical explanations of this. I will attemp to explain the one that makes the most sense to me (in layman's terms):

When you are asleep the spinal discs are in a non-weight bearing state. This is when the discs re-hydrate and enlarge. The discs also pass waste products off to the blood stream during this time (when the discs are healthy) when you toss and turn in your sleep.

As you get out of bed the weight of the body is now placed on the spinal discs. If you have a bulging or herniated lumbar disc that was unable to rehydrate and expel waste products during your sleep...the poisons get released from the sudden pressure that is placed on the disc when you stand...this irritates the spinal nerves and causes pain.

And... the action of getting out of bed and once again putting pressure on the injured disc, is enough to compress the nerves exiting that part of the lumbar spine...or even the spinal cord. Once you start to move around the poisons are dispersed...and the weight of the body is distributed more evenly to the other spinal discs...it's just that the injured lumbar discs feel it first. 

I know that was a long winded explanation...but pain in the low back when you get out of bed is a common complaint with lumbar disc herniation patients. So...if you have this problem, you should get checked out.

If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for nonsurgical spinal decompression for lumbar disc herniations...simply call our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center at 415-392-2225, press 1 (24 hr live operators).

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