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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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Bad arm pain while sleeping and not so bad when awake. Why and what could this be?

Bad arm pain while sleeping and not so bad when awake. Why and what could this be?

Position: Could be related to how you are sleeping. If you compress the nerve you can have pain when you wake. It usually goes away after being awake for several min. Pay attention to how you wake up and where your arm is positioned. Otherwise you may want to see your doctor and get checked out. ...Read more

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Severe left arm pain at night time unable to sleep wih pain, no pain during the day.

Severe left arm pain at night time unable to sleep wih pain, no pain during the day.

Evaluation: Can be anything from a pinched nerve to a rotator cuff problem in the shoulder to nerve compression under the armpit. Needs evaluation. ...Read more

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Have dull, shooting pain in my upper right arm. Pain is worse when I sleep. Has been occurring for 2+weeks.?

Have dull, shooting pain in my upper right arm. Pain is worse when I sleep. Has been occurring for 2+weeks.?

Several possibilitie: Do you recall any injury? It could be from your arm or your shoulder. Are you sleeping on your right side with elbow bent and hand by your face? That position will make it worse. Try 2 Aleve (naproxen) with food twice a day and moist heat 15 min over shoulder and arm 3 times a day. If not better soon seek care. ...Read more

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What can cause upper arm pain? I was sleep and felt this ache in my arm. It hurts mostly to extend it or raise it

What can cause upper arm pain? I was sleep and felt this ache in my arm. It hurts mostly to extend it or raise it

Many possibilities: Arm pain with sleeping bursitis rotator cuff strain compression neuropathy sleeping in wrong ischemia or neural compression impingment syndrome high on list with pain with active motion see ortho or general practice ...Read more

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I have chronic left shoulder, neck and arm pain. It affects my sleep and is wearing me out. What can I do that will help this with out a lot of meds.?

I have chronic left shoulder, neck and arm pain. It affects my sleep and is wearing me out. What can I do that will help this with out a lot of meds.?

See doc for exam to…: Determine cause of pain—bone spurs, muscle spasm, disc problem, etc. May need x-rays or ct or MRI after physical exam. Depending on cause, physical therapy may help; massage; stretching exercises; nsaids; muscle relaxer. Doc can discuss options based on physical & imaging findings. ...Read more

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I have chronic left shoulder, neck and arm pain. It affects my sleep and is wearing me out. What can I do that will help this with out a lot of meds.?

I have chronic left shoulder, neck and arm pain. It affects my sleep and is wearing me out. What can I do that will help this with out a lot of meds.?

Depends: Have you had a diagnosis? Why just one side, in general arthritis affects most joints, if it has lasted more than 2 weeks then you really need to be worked up it could be a pinched nerve in your neck and physical therapy may greatly help. ...Read more

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I am having neck, back, leg, and arm pain every night for 1-2 months restless sleep what causes this?

I am having neck, back, leg, and arm pain every night for 1-2 months restless sleep what causes this?

? pinched nerve: This sounds like a pinched nerve in your neck. Since it has been going on for so long, I would see an orthopedic spine specialist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Burning sensation left in chest, persistent. Arm pit and had some pain in neck and arm. Pain has been on and off wakes me while sleep short of breat?

Burning sensation left in chest, persistent. Arm pit and had some pain in neck and arm. Pain has been on and off wakes me while sleep short of breat?

Need more info: How bad is it? Is the pain on the surface at the rib or deep in the chest? Does it come and go or change with coughing? Does it move? Does it radiate anywhere else? What makes it worse? Activity? Eating? Breathing? Did you injure yourself? Is it improving or worsening or the same. Other symptoms? Fevers? Chills? If worsening or a/w shortness of breath see an md. If severe call 911. ...Read more

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Lump in right armpit, at list 1 inch x 1/2 inch across, arm pain, possible more redness of right arm, pain in arm disturbing sleep,?

Lump in right armpit, at list 1 inch x 1/2 inch across, arm pain, possible more redness of right arm, pain in arm disturbing sleep,?

Possibly abscess.: You may have a boil, or abscess, if this is new. It may require treatment, either antibiotics or lancing. Get seen for this soon. If the pain and redness is spreading down your arm, you have fever, or red streaks, go to the ER now. ...Read more

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What could cause severe arm pain in both arms from shoulder to wrist. I can barely lift them up. No strenuous exercise but I sleep on a couch.

Varies: There are numerous potential causes and a detailed exam and appropriate studies would likely determine the cause. Abnormalities in the vascular, musculoskeletal, and neurological systems can all potentially cause similar symptoms. ...Read more

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I have left arm pain in whole arm down to my fingers. Comes and goes and is better when I sleep. Sometimes radiates to back of head and back?

I have left arm pain in whole arm down to my fingers. Comes and goes and is better when I sleep. Sometimes radiates to back of head and back?

Radiculopathy: Suggestive of disc disease in back with extension of nerve pain to arm this is frequently caused by a disc pressing on the nerves leaving the spine. ...Read more

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Aftersleeping on arm. Severe upper arm pain near shoulder. Range of motion of arm is very limited. Could it hv been broken from sleeping on it? Wuts wrong

Aftersleeping on arm. Severe upper arm pain near shoulder. Range of motion of arm is very limited. Could it hv been broken from sleeping on it? Wuts wrong

Not broken: Not broken, but could be a soft tissue injury, although unlikely. Give it some time and it should work itself out. If it is still persistent for more than a day, see your doctor for an exam and proper evaluation. Ask whether or not imaging or an orthopedic referral would be appropriate. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Getting a left hand, arm pain during walking or sometimes while sleeping but not constant pain. Suggestion please?

Getting a left hand, arm pain during walking or sometimes while sleeping but not constant pain. Suggestion please?

See details: See a doctor and have the issue evaluated. It is impossible to offer any specifics without a complete history and exam. ...Read more

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Getting a left hand, arm pain during walking or sometimes while sleeping but not constant pain. Suggestion please?

Getting a left hand, arm pain during walking or sometimes while sleeping but not constant pain. Suggestion please?

Get evaluation: At 48 yo this could be a simple or more complex problem, and a good neurological exam will reveal the correct diagnosis. Common causes could be neck problems aggravated by sleeping with next twisted, nerve entrapment at elbow or wrist. Good luck ...Read more

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Intense, throbbing pain over outer aspect of forearm from hand midway up arm. Pain when rotate arm. Wakes from sleep. Travels up to elbow. Help!

Intense, throbbing pain over outer aspect of forearm from hand midway up arm. Pain when rotate arm. Wakes from sleep. Travels up to elbow. Help!

Nerve pinch: Common entrapments of ulnar N at the elbow, cubital tunnel, syndrome, can cause this. Might also be a forearm entrapment at pronator teres. See an ortho or PMR doc to eval, this and get a correct diagnosis and treatment path. ...Read more

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Assume there is nerve pinch between thoracic and arm w/symptoms-arm pain & finger twitch & hand numb during sleep, will Bikram yoga help or worsen it?

Assume there is nerve pinch between thoracic and arm w/symptoms-arm pain & finger twitch & hand numb during sleep, will Bikram yoga help or worsen it?

Agree: Dr krauser urges you to put the cart before the horse and get diagnosed. Lots of push to get into alternative therapies by entrepreneurial promoters, but you need to know what is wrong, as things can get worse rather rapidly with certain activities. Sounds like you do have nerve issues, and consider thoracic outlet, but also more peripheral nerve issues. ...Read more

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Arm Pain (Definition)

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