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If you have reflux, should you elevate head? Will this help?

If you have reflux, should you elevate head? Will this help?

Head, neck, shoulder: Water runs downhill and so does stomach contents. Elevating head, neck and shoulders 4"-6" with bricks, blocks of wood under the bed, or a long wedge pillow can help, without hurting your back. Avoid eating for 2-3h before bedtime, don't lie down for 2-3h after eating; avoid coffee, alcohol, peppermint, chamomile, spicy food, fatty foods, chocolate, acidiv foods. ...Read more

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Elevate head or feet of a hypertensive person?

Elevate head or feet of a hypertensive person?

Neither: Elevate feet, or head down if low blood pressure (hypotension); hypertension not likely to be affected. Lying down may have some modest effect. ...Read more

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Had wisdom teeth out Friday, now Monday, swelling won't go down taking ibuprofen and Tylenol, icing elevate head and rest but swelling gets worse.

Had wisdom teeth out Friday, now Monday, swelling won't go down taking ibuprofen and Tylenol, icing elevate head and rest but swelling gets worse.

Post Op Instructions: First and most importantly, STOP using ice. It's important to reduce swelling but only in the first 24 hours! After that it shouldn't be used as it limits the body's circulation in the are which is not helpful for healing. Swelling may take a few days before it starts going down. What you should do is discuss this with the dentist who treated you. Call the office for advice. ...Read more

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Do I need to sleep sitting up after rhinoplasty? Will I need to sleep sitting up or with my head elevated after rhinoplasty, or can I sleep normally? .

Do I need to sleep sitting up after rhinoplasty? Will I need to sleep sitting up or with my head elevated after rhinoplasty, or can I sleep normally? .

Head Elevated: Following rhinoplasty, it's important to rest with your head elevated and sleep on your back for a few weeks following surgery. Recliners and "husband" pillows work well for elevating your head while resting/sleeping. ...Read more

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I like my head to be elevated when I sleep. Can sleeping with too many pillows cause back problems?

I like my head to be elevated when I sleep. Can sleeping with too many pillows cause back problems?

Pillows & back pain: Hello. It's pretty common for most people to use a pillow for head elevation while sleeping. It's also pretty common for pillows to be used in other areas to help alleviate or prevent but not cause pain in the back, hips, etc. ...Read more

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Used CPAP last night in lab, 1st time. Had major issues breathing with mask unless my head was elevated. Sleep tech seemed surprised. Is this normal?

Used CPAP last night in lab, 1st time. Had major issues breathing with mask unless my head was elevated. Sleep tech seemed surprised. Is this normal?

CPAP: CPAP machines often cause problems with patients when they initially start using them I would continue to try to use it as the symptoms may resovlve themselves ...Read more

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What physically happens when a person does not lift their hands over their head at all? Sleep, drive, work, home, will the nerves atrophy?

What physically happens when a person does not lift their hands over their head at all? Sleep, drive, work, home, will the nerves atrophy?

Unlikely: If you are not physically active or your physical mobilty is limited, you could develop loss of your muscle mass, or muscle atrophy, over a long period of time. But it is unlikely that you will have atrophy of the nerves unless there is some sort of nerve injury. ...Read more

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I wake up every morning with what seems a constant blocked nose. I don't have the cold yet my sinuses seem blocked. I sleep with my head elevated.

I wake up every morning with what seems a constant blocked nose. I don't have the cold yet my sinuses seem blocked. I sleep with my head elevated.

Many possibilities: You would benefit greatly from an ENT examination. Allergy certainly may be playing a role, but so can your anatomy. You might be sensitive to the environment of your bedroom. Having a good examination of your nose and nasal cavity is important in figuring out what's going on. ...Read more

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I sleep with my head elevated on my hand. If I keep my head lower will post nasal drip be less likely?

I sleep with my head elevated on my hand. If I keep my head lower will post nasal drip be less likely?

Not likely: Nasal secretions are often managed by using an agent that causes the vessels in the tissue to constrict. A change to lower position is likely to engorge the tissues rather than relieve them. The underlying cause of your postnasal secretions should be investigated to determine the best treatment. ...Read more

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I have been getting pins and needles in both hands and feet (not at the same time). I always sleep with head elevated, is this neck related?

I have been getting pins and needles in both hands and feet (not at the same time). I always sleep with head elevated, is this neck related?

Could be: There are many reasons for pins and needles in hands and feet. At 37 years old its unlikely to be neck related, but some people can have narrowing of the spinal canal from birth. More likely is neuropathy, where the nerves get sick. Sometimes its a simple nutritional issue. It's worth seeing a doctor. ...Read more

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Is slight yellowing of extraction site and light yellow oozing normal 3 days after tooth extraction? Most oozing occurs when I sleep, head elevated.

Is slight yellowing of extraction site and light yellow oozing normal 3 days after tooth extraction? Most oozing occurs when I sleep, head elevated.

Normal: Any pain or inflammation and fever or headache. If there is no other symptoms like that. It is ok. It is just a normal healing process. Observe for any if the above symptoms and get a checkup if you experience any of the above symptoms. ...Read more

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I have pain behind the right ear lobe, under and below the jaw line. I made a quick head lift while sleeping. Now im in pain. What's wrong?

TMJ pain: This seems to be TMJ syndrome. Try night guard or bite guard. No activity that makes your pain worse. If no better in few days, may need physical therapy. ...Read more

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When I am sleeping I wake up because I feel my throat closing and can't breathe. I do snore. It never happens when I elevate my head while sleeping.?

When I am sleeping I wake up because I feel my throat closing and can't breathe. I do snore. It never happens when I elevate my head while sleeping.?

Sleep Apnea: You should have a sleep study performed and check for sleep apnea. The airway obstructs during sleep. Weight loss can help get rid of it or you can be prescribed a machine to help you breathe better (CPAP machine). ...Read more

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Shortness of breath, elevated heartrate, anxiety, head ache, trouble sleeping. Been a few days and seems worse. What could this be?

Shortness of breath, elevated heartrate, anxiety, head ache, trouble sleeping. Been a few days and seems worse. What could this be?

Anxiety/stress: Are certainly possibilities. Additionally, I would suggest a physical exam to included thyroid function evaluation. ...Read more

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How to sleep after face lift?

How to sleep after face lift?

Head elevated: You will reduce swelling and be more comfortable if you keep your head somewhat elevated after facelift surgery. Usually a couple of extra pillows will be sufficient. Your surgeon may also advise you wear a supportive bandage for a few weeks afterward. ...Read more

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How should I sleep after having lipo to flanks and abdomen? I have to keep my face elevated too! Thanks

How should I sleep after having lipo to flanks and abdomen? I have to keep my face elevated too! Thanks

Be comfortable!: The simple answer is sleep however you are most comfortable. Our bodies manifest pain as a way of telling us something is wrong. Conversely if you can find a position that gives you the least amount of pain you are not exacerbating any problems. So keep it simple, find a comfortable position and know that with time things will get better! ...Read more

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When I lift my arms over my head for 2mins my arms fall asleep is there a reason?

When I lift my arms over my head for 2mins my arms fall asleep is there a reason?

Nerve compression: Or perhaps blood vessel compression at level of shoulder. Might be due to anatomical narrowing at thoracic outlet such as cervical rib, but could even be seen in some carpal tunnel syndrome pts. ...Read more

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I'm having pins and needle and pain in both of my legs, also when I lift my arms above my head they fall asleep right away. What could this mean?

I'm having pins and needle and pain in both of my legs, also when I lift my arms above my head they fall asleep right away. What could this mean?

Seek medical care: Might be completely benign, but could also be symptoms related to nerve compression either in your spine (bulging disc, or other spinal stenosis) or in the soft tissues in your neck and/or hips/lower extremities. Might also be a symptom of a systemic illness, ie diabetes. It would be worthwhile having this checked out in person. ...Read more

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10 week baby is fussy and trying to lift up while laying down. Eats well but not sleeping. Try's to bring hand to mouth. Is this bacuase of gas?

10 week baby is fussy and trying to lift up while laying down. Eats well but not sleeping. Try's to bring hand to mouth. Is this bacuase of gas?

Possibly: Congested having earache that is why your baby prefers to sit up or be in an upright position to help relieve pressure in the ear. Eating well because sucking helps relieve pressure in the ear therefore relieving ear pain. So your baby is happier. ...Read more

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Hair loss middle back pain. Like a burning feeling. Right flank gnawing pain. Doesn't hurt when sleeping. Elevated sed. Ana + spec pattern? Cbc ok.

Complex: Your description does not give clear picture. Discuss with your physician or seek 2 nd opinion. There are many causes of back pain from cardiac and shingles to arthritis and herniated disk. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Why can't I sleep things keep going through my head?

Why can't I sleep things keep going through my head?

Worry kills sleep: Worry, or even just an active mind, can keep people awake. If you're worried about something, try writing down what it is and putting the paper aside. Tell yourself that you'll take care of it tomorrow. Then think about something boring like listing all the states in alphabetic order or the names and times of your favorite tv shows. Also, do relaxing things before you go to bed like taking a bath. ...Read more

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Why does my head sweat when I sleep?

Why does my head sweat when I sleep?

Normal: A lot of people do. Some more than others. It's quite normal. It's your body's way of keeping you from getting too hot. But if it bothers you, try using thinner covers and keep your body temperature a little cooler at night. Most people sleep better when they are cooler anyway. ...Read more

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Can I go to sleep after I hit my head?

Usually: Possible concussion sxs: + or – loss of consciousness, headache / pressure, can't recall event, dizziness, v coordination, ringing in ears, confusion, slurred speech, nausea / vomiting & fatigue. For concussion seek medical care. Seek urgent treatment for loss of consciousness, on-going confusion, seizures, unequal pupils, recurrent vomiting, change in level of consciousness, loss of balance or > ...Read more

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Does change in sleep habit causes head pain?

Does change in sleep habit causes head pain?

Head pain: Can had many reasons lack of sleep can be among them. ...Read more

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Head hurts and all i.want to do is sleep my?

Head hurts and all i.want to do is sleep my?

Multiple causes: Anemia and hypoglycemia are possible causes; however, you must be seen, tested and evaluated. The headache and sleepiness are worrisome symptoms. ...Read more