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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Exp 50 years

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    What causes stiffness and pain on the lower back?

Every time I sit for a period of time, My back is stiff and I cant stand up straight right away without pain. I CAN NOT lay on my stomach and watch t.v.. It is too painful on my lower back. Most of the time I feel a naggy throb ache in my lower back. WHen I massage or rub ben gay on the lower back it eases it for just a little while. What could this be. I am a 42 year old female 5'6" and 158lbs. I am raising my 14 month grandson and picking him up sometimes brings tears to my eyes, The pain is that bad.
Thu, 7 Aug 2014
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
All your symptoms indicate that back muscles need strenghthening exercises. spinal exercises should be learnt under care of physiotherapists.there should be no strenuous efforts ,just enough to give gentle exercises to muscles of back.Relaxation from stress is also important by changing life style,meditation fomentation is also helpful.assessment of serum calcium,vitaminD.Diet management with more of fruits, vegetables and proteins instead of fats.
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