Congratulations! You have a normal x-ray examination of the spine. All of the "degenerative" changes (disc narrowing and osteophyte formation) are normal because just like everything else in your body, your spine is getting older too.
Pain symptoms rarely correlate with anything seen on a plain x-ray of the spine. So most experts in the field rarely order plain old spine x-rays because most of the time they are worthless.
Dr. Christina Lasich, MD
Thank you for the rapid response and peace of mind... My next part of this question to you is.. What do you think my next step should be? and/or what kind of doctor should I talk to ? The pain only comes when i've been asleep for a few hours..
Take it from someone like me who has had more than my fair share of back pain at night. Go to your nearest mattress store tomorrow morning and buy a Tempur-pedic Cloud Supreme and you will be sleeping on Cloud 10 tomorrow night.
I bought this mattress last year after sleeping on the classic Tempur-pedic for the past 10 years. That annoying bit of back pain at night that I just could not get rid have has finally gone away for the most part (unless I sleep on my stomach).
Anyone who has back pain that occurs with sleeping should start by blaming the mattress.
That's what i originally thought at first, until it got so bad.. My mattress is one of those Sleepy's Color Coded Sleep system things, Ive only had it for 2 yrs and ive slept great until about 2 months ago... I bought one of those memory foam topper things, 4 inch thick ones.... Im comfy until about 5 hrs in.. If my pain is that bad do you think I should seek help from a physician that specializes in this kind of thing..?
I still think your bed has something to do with your pain. Foam toppers and air beds just do not compare to the real deal.
Actually, most physicians are not very helpful when it comes to back pain. Some just want to operate, some just want to stick needles in you, and some just give you pills. IMO, the best professional to see for spine pain is a really good physical therapist. My PT saved my life. Find one who is a fellow of the AAOMPT, that way you know he/she is one of the best.
If you do want to see a spine specialist like me, anyone who specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation might be helpful too.