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Woke up and right side of chest is hurting bad pain feels like I pulled a muscle in my sleep?

Woke up and right side of chest is hurting bad pain feels like I pulled a muscle in my sleep?

Depends: Chest pain has many causes and many implications. Some are minor and some can be life threatening. More information a complete history and physical is recommended by your doctor or at an emergency room if you indeed have these symptoms. Good luck ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Doc says pulled muscles in neck. Can't move it more than an inch on either side hurts to lift arms meds only put me to sleep. What can I do?

Doc says pulled muscles in neck. Can't move it more than an inch on either side hurts to lift arms meds only put me to sleep. What can I do?

Neck pain: Go see a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) who does Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy (OMT) who can help. Go to www. Aoa-net. Org to find a DO in your area. ...Read more

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I woke up from sleep with a muscle pull, I don't understand it. What could be the cause please?

I woke up from sleep with a muscle pull, I don't understand it. What could be the cause please?

Possibilities: Are electrolyte disturbance, not enough blood circulation, nerve impingement, medication side effect. If it becomes recurrent problem, consult a doctor. ...Read more

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Can someone pull an arm muscle while sleeping?

Can someone pull an arm muscle while sleeping?

Sleep movements: Sleep is not static, it is dynamic, sleep is an active process, movements in sleep are normal, actually straining a muscle can certainly happen, if it is occurring frequently then you may need to see a sleep specialist to see if you have an issue called a parasomnia - something that occurs next to sleep. ...Read more

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Why do the muscle suddenly pull in the middle of the night when sleeping.

Why do the muscle suddenly pull in the middle of the night when sleeping.

Dehydration/low magn: Drink enough fluids, eat a variety of foods to replenish electrolytes and try a supplement of magnesium 200 mg. To 400 mg. At bedtime. ...Read more

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I woke up with feeling like squeezing muscle or nerves all over my body and left side of my back dull & burning almost everyday & can't sleep well?

I woke up with feeling like squeezing muscle or nerves all over my body and left side of my back dull & burning almost everyday & can't sleep well?

Fibromyalgia?: 61y fem. W. daily "squeezing pain all over my body" & left back "burns". This sounds musculoskeletal, and General Medical exam needed. If no distinct findings, then fibromyalgia needs to be considered. ...Read more

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Pain in right chest, specially when I deep breath. Happened after I woke up. It's been 2 days. Suspecting a muscle pull during sleep. Cld it b serious

Pain in right chest, specially when I deep breath. Happened after I woke up. It's been 2 days. Suspecting a muscle pull during sleep. Cld it b serious

Pain on deep breath: The most common cause of acute pain on taking a deep breath in is "pleurisy", also known as 'the devil's grip'. This is due to a cold virus that gets into the lining of the lung, making it raw, and when you take a deep breath, it rubs against the ribs and hurts. This will go away by itself in a few more days. Other common causes are muscle sprains. A rare cause could be blood clot or cancer. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I sleep my leg really hurts and it is as if all the muscles are pulled and I can't move it. Why? I need to excercise more?

Sometimes when I sleep my leg really hurts and it is as if all the muscles are pulled and I can't move it. Why? I need to excercise more?

See your doctor: If this pain is bad, and keeps happening, see your doctor. She or he can go over your story, your medical history, and examine. This will help determine the cause or at least guide testing and treatment. You could try stretching your leg muscles before going to bed and see if that helps. General exercise like walking may help too. If not, see your primary doctor. ...Read more

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If I woke-up this morning with leg pain, should I be concerned? It feels as if I may have pulled a muscle, but could I actually do that in my sleep?

If I woke-up this morning with leg pain, should I be concerned? It feels as if I may have pulled a muscle, but could I actually do that in my sleep?

You: You haven't said anything about your age, gender, medical history, or overall state of health, so it's a little tough for me to narrow things down, but there are some things that would explain this.

Given the snowfall in seattle over the past few days, have you maybe been doing some shoveling of snow or maybe some skiing or other vigorous physical activity? Could you have slipped while walking on the ice? Overuse of muscles or trauma might cause pain that wakes you up. A muscle cramp might also cause this type of localized pain.

If you have a history of vascular disease, or are at risk for it (older age group, high cholesterol, smoker or diabetic) then this could represent a blocked blood vessel. Do you have ongoing pain? Numbness? Are your symptoms increased with exercise? If so, then you should be evaluated for compromised blood flow. ...Read more

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Can I take these two medications together? I take Ambien (zolpidem) for sleep on a regular basis and pulled a muscle in my back and happen to have some leftover flexeril. Can I take these two medications together?

Can I take these two medications together? I take Ambien (zolpidem) for sleep on a regular basis and pulled a muscle in my back and happen to have some leftover flexeril. Can I take these two medications together?

Ambien (zolpidem): Ambien (zolpidem) and Flexeril are both drugs that are likely to sedate you. If you take both you should do it when you plan to be in a safe place. Your response to the drugs taken together may affect your level of awareness. Do not take them together if you plan to drive or use power tools. Do not combine them with alcohol. ...Read more

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Taking 50mg trazadone for sleep. Pulled a muscle exercising and would love to take 10mg cyclobenzaprine and 15mg meloxicam. Any issues?

Taking 50mg trazadone for sleep. Pulled a muscle exercising and would love to take 10mg cyclobenzaprine and 15mg meloxicam. Any issues?

Multiple medications: Trazodone is an anti-depressant and can be used for insomnia. Cyclobenzaprine is a muscle relaxer. Both of these medications can cause drowsiness. Meloxicam is a non steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. You can take them together, just be aware that they all can cause drowsiness. ...Read more

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Recently discovered hard lump on my shoulder blade. I work picking up heavy stuff? Did I pull a muscle? Feels uncomfortable to sleep on it.

Recently discovered hard lump on my shoulder blade. I work picking up heavy stuff? Did I pull a muscle? Feels uncomfortable to sleep on it.

Probably need exam: Its difficulty to determine what it is without examining it
You may have pulled a muscle and could have spasm
But you may have a lipoma, fibroma, cyst or other
soft tissue mass.
Also an xray would be helpful to determine if there
was any bony masses ...Read more

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38, f, Chest, neck& shoulder blade pain (left). Thought it was a pulled muscle but now I can't sleep. It's been a few weeks.

38, f, Chest, neck& shoulder blade pain (left). Thought it was a pulled muscle but now I can't sleep. It's been a few weeks.

Possibly: 38 yo female has pain in cowl region on one side. This could reflect cervical disk disorder, brachial plexus impingement, Pancost tumor, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome or some other problem. A benign musculoskeletal strain-pain problem is also possible. An Osteopath would be the physician best skilled to conduct proper differential diagnosis, and an MRI might be needed. ...Read more

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I have a pulled muscle in my back right below my right shoulder blade. Please tell me how to get rid of it. I can't sleep and hurts to breathe?

I have a pulled muscle in my back right below my right shoulder blade. Please tell me how to get rid of it. I can't sleep and hurts to breathe?

Myofascial Pain: Sounds like you have a myofascial nodule (muscle knot) of the rhomboid muscle. This is a common yet painful location for a myofascial nodule. I'll bet your sleep is poor. These knots respond to quality sleep and deep friction massage. A pm&r specialist is your best bet at getting proper treatment if your family doc is stumped. ...Read more

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Hey I got head numbness on right side and neck muscle tight during sleep and I have been diagnosed with multilevel of degenerative disc disease?

Hey I got head numbness on right side and neck muscle tight during sleep and I have been diagnosed with multilevel of degenerative disc disease?

What is the question: You have not asked a question. However, a 26 year would not likely have enough degenerative disc disease to cause your issues. Get another opinion. ...Read more

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A muscle on my torso's left side jumps/twitches when I sleep to left side. 1yr now, not gotten worse; no pain. Would a GP even refer to neurologist?

A muscle on my torso's left side jumps/twitches when I sleep to left side. 1yr now, not gotten worse; no pain. Would a GP even refer to neurologist?

Twitching muscle: Sometimes muscles do this when there is exercise, strain or a nerve injury. Was there an injury? Is there weakness? Does it only happen when you are sleeping in this position?

Maybe it's best to leave it alone. There is no harm with a neurologist, but if you do not have pain or weakness, there is probably not much to do. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I'm sleeping at night I get these cramps on my legs like a muscle pull how do I get rid of this?

Sometimes when I'm sleeping at night I get these cramps on my legs like a muscle pull how do I get rid of this?

Bananas: Eat some bananas before bed. Of you are active it may just be a electrolyte imbalance. Try healthy food and see if it helps. Also plenty of fluid. ...Read more

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I have a very sensitive cremaster muscle. Latley when I sleep on my sides after 3 hours one of my testicles feel sore and have a mild ache.

I have a very sensitive cremaster muscle. Latley when I sleep on my sides after 3 hours one of my testicles feel sore and have a mild ache.

Torsion: Make yourself familiar with testicular torsion it and make sure that this is not what is happening to your testicle on intermittent basis. And see your doctor if pain continues ...Read more

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I am feeling repeated muscles tighten, spasm and relax when sleeping. Felt most in sides, arms and legs. No hx of epilep, interaction between meds?

I am feeling repeated muscles tighten, spasm and relax when sleeping. Felt most in sides, arms and legs. No hx of epilep, interaction between meds?

Hypnagogic jerk: A sudden muscle twitch while falling asleep is very common, and is called a hypnagogic jerk. There is a theory that this is a leftover reflex; a primate falling asleep whose muscles relax too much might fall out of a tree, and so we wake up to grab a limb. Drug interactions can cause or worsen lots of issues, and to help you figure that out would require a detailed history (including which meds?) ...Read more

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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