Too Painful to Lie on Back

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Tomohiro Hamahata, MD (Orthopedic surgery)

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Content updated on Jan 4, 2023

About the symptom

It describes the condition when someone is unable to maintain in lying position due to unbearable pain.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Too painful to lie on back

Possible causes

  • Vertebral compression fracture

    Fracture of the spine bones. This kind of fracture usually occurs in older patients with osteoporosis (bone weakening). It can be caused by even small amounts of force e.g. falling on buttocks, lifting heavy objects. Some patients may pass it off as a normal backache, only to have diagnosed later on when an X-ray is done.

  • Bone tumor

    Bone tumours occur when cells within a bone divide rapidly, resulting in a lump or mass (tumor). They can be cancerous or non-cancerous. The exact cause is not known. Possible risk factors include genetics, previous radiation therapy, bone traumas, anticancer medications, etc. Bone tumors can arise from the bone or be caused by another cancer that has spread to the bone.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

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  • Does your pain worsen when you lie on your back?

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