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A couple hours after laying down in bed, my back is already stiff and painful. I can barely sit up and I can't twist side to side, and it is very painful to try. I usually can't stay laying down for more than 5 or 6 hours tops. By that time the pain is too bad to sleep. After a couple hours of being up and moving around the stiffness and pain has gone away… almost (my back is almost always at least a little stiff).
I experience a similar kind of back stiffness and pain whenever I stand (pain tends to concentrate lower) or sit. Washing dishes at the kitchen sink for 10 minutes and I'm in a lot of pain.
Mechanically, my back is fine. Strong and even relatively flexible (when loosened up), probably because I have exercised and stretched regularly for many years.
I've seen doctors. Back doctors say my back is fine. A rheumatologist said I have gene marker but the x-ray test didn't clearly show the signs of AS. He thought my pain problems were due to a congenital malformation in my lower spine. Another doctor said he disagreed but didn't know what I had.
I'm 45. I've been experiencing these symptoms for about 10 years I think. They were subtle at first, so subtle I don't really know when it started exactly. But they have definitely gotten worse over the last couple years.
Anyway, just wondering if anyone has any ideas or suggestions. Thanks.
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