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What sleeping position is best to avoid shoulder pain?

What sleeping position is best to avoid shoulder pain?

No best answer: The real question is what is the shoulder pain from? Is it inflammation of a bursa in the shoulder, muscle related or even a tendon tear? The possibility of a referred pain into the shoulder from neck joints (facets) or nerve roots is also possible. Finding the underlying problem is the first task. Then making sure your laying in a position that will not worsen that underlying pathology. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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Shoulder Pain (Definition)

Shoulder pain is multifactorial. It can be from bone issues -- like arthritis. It can be from muscle tendon issues -- like a torn rotator cuff, or when a tendon is inflammed. It can also be from nerve issues -- like a bulging disk in your spine. Each diagnosis ...Read more


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Suffering from back, neck and shoulder pain. Cannot fully rotate my neck for a few months now. I have tried all sleeping positions constantly in pain?

Suffering from back, neck and shoulder pain. Cannot fully rotate my neck for a few months now. I have tried all sleeping positions constantly in pain?

See below: Neck pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc in the neck. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. It is common for neck pain to refer to the shoulder blade. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (Advil, Aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more

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Any tips on how to prevent shoulder pain during sleep?

Any tips on how to prevent shoulder pain during sleep?

Sleep on your back: Avoid sleeping on your shoulders, or sides. Try to keep arms down to your side. Don't sleep on your stomach. To help keep your arms to your sides, and not above your head, wrap your arms with soft pillows and safety pin them on. This will weigh your arms down a little, and you will be less likely to sleep with them above your head. ...Read more

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Why do I have terrible shoulder pain while sleeping on side?

Why do I have terrible shoulder pain while sleeping on side?

Shoulder problems: Usually this happen when people have shoulder problem like bursitis, tear rotator cuff and arthritis in the shoulder check it out. ...Read more

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Any tips on how to prevent shoulder pain from sleeping on it wrong?

Recliner chair: Another suggestion is to sleep in a semi-recumbent position which is the position of a typical recliner chair. Either you can use sleep in a recliner chair or one can use a bunch of pillows to recreate that shape in your own bed. Many patients with shoulder pain of all types report that this position is well tolerated. Good luck. ...Read more

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FOR THE LAST 3 DAYS I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO LIFT MY ARM DUE TO SHOULDER PAIN. I HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING DIFFERENT BUT I DID SLEEP ODDLY?

FOR THE LAST 3 DAYS I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO LIFT MY ARM DUE TO SHOULDER PAIN. I HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING DIFFERENT BUT I DID SLEEP ODDLY?

Possible cuff injury: Sounds as though your rotator cuff is involved. If the symptoms persist for more than a few days, you should undergo a thorough physical examination to determine if you have a torn rotator cuff. ...Read more

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I'm 22 years old and I have shoulder pain notated how I sleep it still bugs me.?

I'm 22 years old and I have shoulder pain notated how I sleep it still bugs me.?

Don't ignore This: Pain is one way your body tells you something is wrong. Persistent pain is telling you something is wrong & needs attention. Both dr kwok & dr cohen are right. Shoulder pain may be due to injury or inflammation in or around the joint or it may be referred pain from the diaphragm. If that case shoulder pain could mean a liver or spleen problem. Time to see your doctor? ...Read more

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What to do if I couldn't sleep due to horrible upper back and some shoulder pain. What can be causing this?

What to do if I couldn't sleep due to horrible upper back and some shoulder pain. What can be causing this?

Lots of things: There are a lot of things, some of them quite serious, that could be causing those types of symptoms. If the pain is continuous you should see your doctor or be seen in an er right away. ...Read more

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I get shoulder pain sometimes from sleeping on my side. What kind of tests can I do to figure out if anything is wrong?

See your doctor: Symptoms like these are best deterimed by a thorough evaluation by your physician. Based on his/her findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you. ...Read more

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Haven't played softball in 1 month but shoulder pain is intense&constant. Can't sleep on it, lift things or put weight on it. Help?

Haven't played softball in 1 month but shoulder pain is intense&constant. Can't sleep on it, lift things or put weight on it. Help?

Consult with an: Orthopedic surgeon. Anti inflammatory meds, physical therapy, and injections are mainstays of treatment. In rare cases, it could be bone infection, tumor, or even occult fracture. You need full evaluation. ...Read more

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Yesterday I did some pushups about 200 and dumbells. I woke up with horrible shoulder pain! What to do? I can also only sleep for 5-6 hours. I'm 18 male

Take it easy!: If is just soreness it will get better in a few days. If the pain is still there after 2-3 days, then you may have a sprain/strain and you should visit your doctor for an evaluation. Always make sure you are using proper form and technique when exercising and don't increase your intensity and frequency too much. Start slow and go slow to avoid injuries. Www. Otwithmd. Com. ...Read more

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Right shoulder pain since sleeping on it wrong last night?

Possible: It should resolve in a day or two. Try advil (ibuprofen) if not allergic. If not better by next week see your doctor. ...Read more

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I continuously studied more hours. Now I ve shoulder pain n brest pain. How to get releaved. Cant sleep well also due to exams?

I continuously studied more hours. Now I ve shoulder pain n brest pain. How to get releaved. Cant sleep well also due to exams?

Probably postural: I assume it has to do with your posture for long hours. Do frequent stretches, take aleve (naproxen) twice a day for a week. If not better see you r doctor. Sit straight on a chair in front of a table to study. Don't study in bed lying down on one side or another with your laptop on the bed. ...Read more

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Left side of top of head pain iwent to dr. He give me ketonal? Why this pain help? I can sleep pain is not hard. Could be from shoulder pain.? Ihv prb bf

Left side of top of head pain iwent to dr. He give me ketonal? Why this pain help? I can sleep pain is not hard. Could be from shoulder pain.? Ihv prb bf

Ketoprofen: Ketsonal contains ketoprofen which is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It is used to treat pain and inflammation. The rest of your questions should be directed to your doctor. ...Read more

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When I wake after sleeping in morning, I feel pain in both shoulders and triceps. Shoulder pain is from last 3 years. I had no past injury and I'm 45.

When I wake after sleeping in morning, I feel pain in both shoulders and triceps. Shoulder pain is from last 3 years. I had no past injury and I'm 45.

Shoulder pain: May be related to your occupation, or overuse of your arms and shoulders. Overuse injury during day shows up as pain at night or upon awakening. Try to analysis what you may be overdoing and moderate it. If no success see your doctor for examination. ...Read more

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Sharp pain when lift things up to put on high shelf. Now, shoulder pain when extend arm to the side or lift arm up or write or sleep on side. Serious?

Sharp pain when lift things up to put on high shelf. Now, shoulder pain when extend arm to the side or lift arm up or write or sleep on side. Serious?

Bursitis: This could be a condition known as shoulder impingement or bursitis. It could also be a mild case of frozen shoulder (mild because your movement restriction sounds minimal) none of these are "serious" but likely needs an evaluation. ...Read more

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Anterior shoulder pain for 6 months. Cause - sleeping on it exclusively all night, for 8 months due to injury in other shoulder. Ultrasound was normal?

Anterior shoulder pain for 6 months. Cause - sleeping on it exclusively all night, for 8 months due to injury in other shoulder. Ultrasound was normal?

Need MRI: I would recommend you get an MRI for further evaluation. It is much more sensative for internal injuries of the shoulder such as a tear of the labrum and ligaments of the shoulder, which you could very well have. ...Read more

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Hip and shoulder pain when sleeping on side?

Hip and shoulder pain when sleeping on side?

Variable: How long has it beem there? What kind of pain is it? Does it radiate anywhere? What makes it better or worse? ...Read more

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Unable to sleep at night age 51 feels dyspnoeic comfortable only on geting up n walking around. Mild sweat. Left shoulder pain. Pls advice.

Unable to sleep at night age 51 feels dyspnoeic comfortable only on geting up n walking around. Mild sweat. Left shoulder pain. Pls advice.

Call your MD: Difficulty breathing while lying down can be a symptom of a few different medical conditions, some much more dangerous than others. Please call your doctor asap to get an appointment and get evaluated. Ideally, call today, before the thanksgiving holiday. ...Read more

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I am experiencing difficulty falling and staying a sleep, onset frequent urination (2 days), upper and mid left back and shoulder pain.?

I am experiencing difficulty falling and staying a sleep, onset frequent urination (2 days), upper and mid left back and shoulder pain.?

See your doctor: There are quite a few issues going on here and they may be unrelated. Insomnia is common and there are multiple contributing factors. Physical and emotional stress can cause insomnia. The physical pain you are describing sounds like you may be developing a kidney infection. I would recommend you see your doctor immediately for an examination, urine test and treatment with antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have Shoulder pain, worse with movement. Started yesterday. So bad I can't sleep. Took tramadol without relief. What should I do? Go to see dr?

Good idea: Taking Tramadol w/o direction is, on the other hand, not so much (IMHO). That's a Rx pill and really should be taken after a Dr advises it and as they direct. More likely to help will be an eval, cold or heat, PT and/or massage or even acupuncture. Perhaps some rest alone. Pain pills can lead to big problems and further - not even help. Be careful! ...Read more

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Shoulder pain Can't abduct past 10" from body Thinking supraspinatus inflamed Nothing happened to hurt it Can't get into dr for another 2 wks Afraid of getting frozen shoulder Hard to sleep. Painful.?

Shoulder pain Can't abduct past 10" from body Thinking supraspinatus inflamed Nothing happened to hurt it Can't get into dr for another 2 wks Afraid of getting frozen shoulder Hard to sleep. Painful.?

Many muscles: The symptoms may be due to sleeping position, previous arm immobilization, etc. Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) symptoms begin gradually, worsen over time, & then resolve within 1-2 yrs. Conservative measures (heating pad, stretching) might help. Seek urgent care if the symptoms worsen and you can't see your physician in time. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003171.htm ...Read more

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Can't sleep from shoulder pain. Hurts to the touch. Heat and cold don't help. Massages don't help. Fingers tingle. So tired.

Orthopaedics consult: It sounds like you need to visit an orthopaedic surgeon for a physical exam. At your age, the most common cause of shoulder pain is impingement syndrome. However, a physician needs to know more about your chief complaint. Pain in the upper shoulder and with symptoms in your hand could be from a pinched nerve in your cervical spine. X-rays C-spine, shoulder, physical exam. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could I have a brachial plexus stretch injury or damage without current compression, if lying down & sleeping provides relief? Neck/shoulder pain

Could I have a brachial plexus stretch injury or damage without current compression, if lying down & sleeping provides relief? Neck/shoulder pain

Brachial plexus: It requires proper neurological exam. An emg/ncv study helps determine the deficits. It may require an MRI to evaluate your cervical spine. ...Read more

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I have left shoulder pain goes from the top to the elbow hard to teach out and reach behind my back can't fasten my bra iy hurts so bad sleeping nigh?

Rotator cuff: Your symptoms of pain @ night and pain w/ movements away from body suggest your rotator cuff is involved. Pain can be from the rot cuff getting 'pinched' underneath the point of the shoulder (impingement syndrome).Try taking a NSAID for a few days. If your pain continues see a board certified ors for examination/ x-rays. Best of luck.! ...Read more

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I was laying down to sleep and randomly got pain under my jaw that has been persistent for the last 20 minutes, a headache, and shoulder pain all on t?

Possible dental prob: Without knowing more info, It sounds most concerning for possible dental caries with potential tooth abscess with refer pain of a headache/shoulder pain. Please see a dentist asap to get it checked out. Other less possible diagnosis will be TMJ problem, parotid gland issue, ear infection, lymphadenitis, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep Position (Definition)

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