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10th July 2008, 04:46 PM
hi everyone
I have a curved in lower back, more than usual I think, probably because of some extra weight in my midsection and weak abdominals but for the past couple onths I think its getting worse because I really have trouble sleeping on my side(s) like I usually do. I wake up feeling sore in my lower back and not rested at all. I keep tossing and turning at night and its really affecting my sleep. Guess I have two importnt questions:
1) Who can I go see to get a diagnosis of my back...like a specialist, what are back doctors called or who can help?
2) What do other people with curved lower backs do to sleep well cause sleeping on my back has never been comfortable, ive always been a side sleeper?
Thanks for any help I can get

Side Sleeper

10th July 2008, 05:31 PM

Heya =] I'm Maddy and I have scoliosis rather than kyphosis/lordosis [as this forum suggests] but I thought I'd come say hi anyway :wave:

You really need to see someone who specialises in orthopaedics. You could go about this by getting a referral from your GP, or by arranging a private consultation if you can afford it. If you can tell us where you are, someone should be able to suggest someone near to you.

Not so sure about the sleeping thing. Memory foam mattresses although expensive are an absolute godsend and I'm sure most people here would agree, so I can recommend that or a topper if you do not already have one. You could also try sleeping with a pillow under your back, or between your legs to support yourself a bit more. I'm sure the others will be able to come up with some better suggestions than me =]

Later :tiphat:

10th July 2008, 06:35 PM
okay, i will go see my doctor so he can refer me to someone.

Does anyone have any advice about the sleeping?

10th July 2008, 06:44 PM
Hi and welcome
Am simon and i have had kyphosis but have had a successful operation in march . I have found that memory foam mattreses and memory foam topper are great a depth of 4 to 6inch would be ideal .
You can get Purchase them from a high street bedding department like argos/tesco direct.

Anyway hope you get some relief soon.


10th July 2008, 06:47 PM
Hello welcome to SSO

Sorry for the reasons you have to come searching for a site like this. I hope we can help you, i like you sleep on my side, my curves to lie on my back, it feels like im drowning, sorry i dont have any miracle cures, i have just learn to live it, when it gets achy and wearsome i turn ove onto the other side

You might want to try a hot water bottle, or heat pads before you go to bed, try and rlax the muscles, i find having a bath eases some of the tension and pain i have. Other than than i just grin and bare it.

Sorry i can't be much more of a help, someone may come along with an answer to your prayers

Once again welcome to sso

by the way we may be more of a help once we know what you are sufering and to what degree your curvature, good luck


Amazed Jean
10th July 2008, 07:54 PM
I actually find sleeping on your side is less stressful on your back in general. Bent knees are very important and put a cushion in between or under your knees. I use a small pillow. Try other suggestions here and good luck.

10th July 2008, 08:22 PM
ok thanks for the suggesitons guys. im gonna gosee a back doctor and hopefully he will isolate my situation and ill learn more about it and how to sleep better and fix it in the long run
Ive never had bad posture and im starting to do more core excercises so i think this will help strenghten my abdominal muscles and keep my back straighter.

Mrs P
13th July 2008, 02:55 PM
Hi there,

My daughter kind of lays on her side, she sleeps with about 5 pillows tho to get her comfy. Then again she tosses and turns all night long trying to get comfy sometimes.:yawn:

She has 1 inbetween her legs. 1 rolled like a log behind her then 1 infront of her supporting her arm, and the rest under her head in various positions. She also has 1 of these cush cush pillows (well thats what i call it) lol. This helps because it moulds to your shape. A good mattress is essential i think.

You need to see your GP explain whats wrong and he should refer you to see a specialist or at least send you for an x-ray. If they don't then don't be afraid to get a 2nd opinion and keep going back.

Hope you manage to find a comfy way of sleeping, lack of sleep is not good for anybody. Hope you get pointed in the right direction.

Best wishes and hello
Mrs P