Any ideas on what causes my back pain?

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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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    I think this will be down to 1 bad posture and 2 bad moving and handling! You know you need to bend your knees and keep your back straight as your bend down to lift things up, and always keep it to your chest. It'll take a lot longer than a week if you've pulled a muscle to recover, if you have a slipped disc it won't recover fully, I would take up walking or running, and change how you sit at your desk, like the type of chair and make sure the computer screen is level with your head. I would still go to the doctors though.
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    To stacy6,

    I don’t think it’s lifting, because I am very careful with posture when I’m carrying heavy objects. I make sure only to use my legs, arms and chest to lift and hold it.

    I’ve started running and/or walking daily now, with an occasional swim a few times each week. Last night and this morning I tried NSAIDs, (used for inflammation as opposed to muscle aches to my knowledge), but I don’t think they’re helping either.

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    Then i can only suggest visiting your doctor.
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    hi dannyc

    I was just wondering if you have any news regarding the pain. did you manage to see the doc.

    in any case I hope you feel better

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