back pain, Back pain at night

BACK PAIN AT NIGHT

People with nighttime back pain (also called nocturnal back pain), describes the pain not stopping when they lie down. Some people with nocturnal back pain even describe the pain as getting worse when they lie down. For others, the pain doesn’t even start until they lie down.

WHAT CAUSE NOCTURNAL BACK PAIN?

Among other things, the following can be one or more of the cause of nocturnal back pain:

  • Disc degeneration. Discs are tissue between the vertebrae that function as a type of shock absorber, the discs can degenerate with age
  • Injuries such as sprains or fractures
  • Kidney stones
  • Arthritis
  • Diseases and conditions such as scoliosis, curvature of the spine, spinal stenosis

CAN NOCTURNAL BACK PAIN BE A SIGN OF SOMETHING SERIOUS?

Nocturnal back pain can be a sign of spinal tumor (one that originates in the spine) or it could be a metastatic tumor (one that results from cancer that started elsewhere in the body and then spread to the spine).

Nocturnal back pain can also be a sign of spinal infection (osteomyelitis and ankylosing spondylitis), a condition that can cause the spine to fuse in a fixed position.