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How can sleeping on your stomach hurt your back?

How can  sleeping on your stomach hurt your back?

Back pain: Sleeping on your stomach long term can affect the natural curve in the lower back causing pain. You head is also turned to one side all night, which distorts the alignment of the spine in your neck. If you must sleep on your stomach it is best to have a firm mattress with a small or no pillow. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Why does the lower part of my stomach hurt so much when I try to sleep on it?!

Why does the lower part of my stomach hurt so much when I try to sleep on it?!

Could be a problem: A doctor can evaluate to see what the patient is talking about. The "lower part of the stomach" means different places to different people. Causes of pain there could be muscular (sore ab muscles), intestinal (such as constipation), a tumor (many types, luckily uncommon), etc... A patient can keep a diary of symptoms on a big calender, to help his doctor figure things out. ...Read more

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Why does the top of my stomach hurt and burn for hours after eating at night, cant sleep, peeing alot. Indigestion? Will pepto help?

Why does the top of my stomach hurt and burn for hours after eating at night, cant sleep, peeing alot. Indigestion? Will pepto help?

Reflux: Your stomach pain sounds a lot like gastroesophageal reflux where acid is leaking up into your esophagus from your stomach. Try to avoid eating in the 2 hours before you go to bed. There are several classes of medications available over the counter to help with those symptoms including peptobismol, famotidine, and the proton pump inhibitors like omeprazole. ...Read more

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18 weeks preg. I had to pee last night but fell asleep. When i woke up in the morning my stomach hurt. Could holding my pee that night hurt my preg?

18 weeks preg. I had to pee last night but fell asleep. When i woke up in the morning my stomach hurt. Could holding my pee that night hurt my preg?

No: You can't hurt pregnancy. Can increase your risk for a urinary tract infection which can also, if left untreated, increase your risk for kidney infection. But definitely won't hurt the baby. After dehydration, UTI is #2 reason for preterm contractions, so as your pregnancy progresses you could have false labor secondary to holding your pee. Be sure to drink a lot and pee often. ...Read more