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Elevate Head When Sleeping
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
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
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? .
I like my head to be elevated when I sleep. Can sleeping with too many pillows cause back problems?
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
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
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
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
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
Is slight yellowing of extraction site and light yellow oozing normal 3 days after tooth extraction? Most oozing occurs when I sleep, head elevated.
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?
While I was laying down trying to sleep I made a fast head lift. Now there is pain behind my ear lobe, behind my jaw line and under it. What wrong?
Why does cardiologist recommend that my grandfather with CHF and an icd/pacemaker sleep with his head elevated above his heart? Thank you.
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.?
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
My 3 mo old baby has puffy red eyes, stuffy nose, difficulty breathing when laying down, even with head elevated, rectal temp of 99.9, can't sleep?
Often wake up in night dizzy, heart pounding, &short of breath. If I sleep with my head elevated, I don't get this as bad. Have connective tissue diseas?
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
After taking my meds & fall asleep, I feel 2 heavy 2 turn my body & lift my head. Same feelin when I awake and try 2 get out of bed. What causes this?
Beat!!: You should talk to your doctor the dosage of your meds need to be adjusted. ...Read more
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
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
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
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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