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Since the past 2 weeks my back is stiff when I get up in the

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Since the past 2 weeks my back is stiff when I get up in the morning or after sitting down. After one minute walking the pain goes. What should I do to stop this problem? I am 75.and take amlodipine and am healthy.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
Hi--is it just stiffness or also pain?

Where exactly in your back is the problem?
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.
Hi there,Muscle stiffness at the morning suggests the likelihood of inflammatory arthritis.This can be rheumatoid arthritis, or polymyalgia rheumatica.Osteoarthritis also can cause this sometimes.You should consider a clinical evaluation first by your GP with back xrays, blood tests like sed rate, crp, ra factor etc.Over the counter medications like Acetaminophen is safe to use with amlodipine.Prescription muscle relaxants like baclofen also may be used.Natural supplements like turmeric, garlic, fish oil help with these types of symptoms as well.Physical therapy focusing on heat/ice, ultrasound therapy, muscle strengthening exercises will help on the long run. Best wishes,It was my pleasure to help you today.If I have answered all your questions, Please rate my response Excellent (click on the smiley faces) under this chat box only.Please bookmark my profile for asking further questions!This is the link to my profile:http://www.justanswer.com/medical/expert-mysticdoc/
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