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beeker
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My back has been hurting on and off since mid June (mid-back just above where the ribs are just to the right of the spine).  Starting out it mostly felt like something was tight, and if I could just work out the knot I'd be fine.  Then it started getting a little worse, and occasionally involving my ribs.  The pain isn't constant, it seems to appear every three days or so.  In between it's completely fine.  Sometimes the pain is totally manageable with a few over the counter pain relievers and some days not so much.  I've seen two doctors about it (urgent care a month ago and I had my physical on Monday) and both of them agree it sounds like a muscle thing (or a ligament or a tendon) - that I strained something which is simply taking a long time to heal, and may be set off by really random things.  They also both agree it's not truly scary, like my kidneys or my liver.

What I know right now is that it woke me up twice last night and I slept (in order) in bed, on the living room floor with my legs up, in bed, on the spare room floor, and back in bed.  Weirdly it always felt really good right after getting up from the hard surface, but it hasn't gone away completely yet.  I'm temping as a receptionist again today so I'll take some meds and be careful of my posture, but I really want someone to tell me exactly what's wrong and exactly how to fix it.  I'm amazed every time how exhausting hurting can be.
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I had some pretty awful lower back pain, slightly lower than where you're describing (just above the hipbones), but with otherwise the exact same symptoms, happening on and off for several years.

After trying everything I could find, what finally worked was actually advice from a personal trainer, who had me exercising every muscle group which supports the back, causing those muscles to take on much more of the load than they otherwise would have.

In practice, this means doing a lot of squats, planks, sit-ups, and shoulder weight training. Pain eased up a bit the very next day, and fully went away after about three months of this.

That makes a lot of sense. I know I should be doing more strength training in general, especially my core. And getting stronger certainly can't hurt. Maybe I should find a trainer/PT who could create a home routine for me. I keep meaning to do it on my own and it keeps not happening so time for a new tactic I guess.

I'm glad yours got better, but for several years? Ugh.

Maybe try a couple of one-on-one Feldenkrais classes?

That's not a bad idea. I do think this is more about needing to stretch and strengthen than anything else.

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