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I am a 21 year old male, and I've been suffering from pain in my lower back for about a month. It does not feel like it's muscular, and it improves with activities, (I have recently started running and swimming to combat the pain).
It hurts more with various ways I bend my back. For example, when I lean forward and push my rear out a little bit, the pain is more intense. And if I sit on the floor with my legs straight out and my back straight up, sometimes the pain is excruciating.
It also tends to be more intense when I wake up in the morning, but sometimes, (especially if I exercise the day before), it hardly aches at all. However, I exercised yesterday and still woke up with pain this morning, so everything is rather inconsistent.
I do have a full-time desk job, and am constantly sitting down between 8AM and 5PM, so I don't get much activity during that time. Despite trying sleeping on my back with a pillow beneath my knees, as well as sleeping on my side with a pillow between my legs, I still tend to wake up with pain. Some days it's easily manageable, and others it's much more apparent.
The only possible source I can trace this pain back to would be that I am in a band, and I constantly lug my amplifier around, which is rather heavy. However, I have stopped bringing it with me for over a week now, and I still experience back pain.
I can't tell if it's a strain, a prolapsed disc, or if I am suffering from akylosing spondilits or degenerative disc disease. Any suggestions? I apologize if the length of this thread was at all irritating.
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