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My backache isn't too bad during the day, it's just a boring ache and a bit of tightness. I didn't even bother with the painkillers today.

At night, on the other hand, it's very unpleasant. The muscles at the base of my back seem to be contracting and spasming. I'm waking up in the night with tightness and pain. Movement becomes difficult; I can't shift in bed without pain, and it's almost impossible to find a comfortable position and go back to sleep. Paracetamol has no effect at all. However, it hurts a lot less if I sit upright in bed, or climb out of bed and stand up. I've found that if I get up, fill a hot water bottle and sit with it at my back for a while, the muscles relax and allow me to go back to sleep.

I wonder if I've picked up a virus of some kind. As well as the back pain, I've had tired, slightly stiff legs, a bit of a sore throat, and the general feeling of malaise that often accompanies viral infections. On the other hand, it could just be the loss of sleep getting to me.

It's cold in here, which isn't helping.