I recently developed slight lower back pain. It only happens in the mornings right after I wake up, regardless of my prior day's workout type or lack thereof.
It's just a dull pain, and goes away within a few minutes after stretching and waking up. It feels like it is in the back joints. Although it's not strong pain or debilitating in any way, it's a new phenomenon for me and I'd like to eliminate it.
Is there anything beyond fixing posture and trying out an anti-inflammatory diet I should try? I'll eliminate nightshades for a few weeks to see if that has an impact - something I was planning to test out anyway. I haven't done much milk products in years, none in the last month. I re-introduced sweet potatoes and white rice to my diet recently, which might coincide with the pain, but it looks like they should not be a cause.
Update: I sleep on my stomach, and I tried sleeping on my back based on the recommendations here. It made a huge difference, practically no pain in the morning! I'll continue to investigate dietary and posture improvements, though.
Update 2 one year later: Wow, 14k views. Here update, hope this helps others. My lower back pain is gone. I've made several changes; below a list in highly subjective ranked list of steps I've taken
- deadlifts with proper form - by far the most prominent and immediate benefit. I did them just once with bad form to make a PR, and it took me two months to recover. Get a personal coach who has done more than a weekend course in training, or book Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe.
- stretching (some would call it yoga), especially hamstrings and glutes
- sleeping on my back or side as mentioned above, instead of stomach
- following advice from Esther Gokhale's book 8 Steps To A Pain-Free Back on proper posture, sleeping and sitting positions
- adding bone stock to my diet. I only use it for cooking, so I don't consume much.
- hot shower and Tiger Balm when things get really bad