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L Pain Lying Down
Anything: Headaches can come from fatigue, sleeping too much or too little, eye strain, sleep apnea, snoring, being dehydrated, having chronic sinusitis or allergies, too much caffeine or over the counter headache medication, high blood pressure or something more serious like a tumor. See your doctor and get checked. ...Read more
Normal: Up to 70% of the population has the nasal cycle which is alternating congestion as a result of changes in blood flow through the nasal tissues. When we lay down there is an increase in nasal blood flow so that there is about a 20% increase in tissue thickness which will narrow the nasal airway. ...Read more
Did you sustain a: Significant injury? If so, it will require x-rays to determine if you have fractures of any vertebrae. If you are experiencing severe back pain would encourage medical evaluation. ...Read more
Pinched Nerve: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...Read more
Shortness of breath.: If a person gets very short of breath when lying flat, and their oxygen level decreases, then this describes an inability to breathe lying down. Various conditions can cause this including heart failure, diaphragm paralysis, severe asthma or COPD exacerbation, etc. It is an important symptom to tell your doctor! ...Read more
Palpitations: Assume you mean he can feel the beat of his heart. This is normal and usually felt when one is lying still (as when going to bed). It is normal. ...Read more
Vibrations: The sensation of vibrations can stem from minor tremors of muscles in your neck or back. Another possibility is mild irritability of superficial nerves in those areas. Apparently you're not aware of these sensations when you're up and about or active. I doubt there is a serious problem but if you're still concerned, consult your physician or a neurologist. ...Read more
On occasion, I see spots of small lights, especially when lying down. What could be causing this?
Photopsia, entopic: This is probably a normal variation, and sometime these small spot of light, which may dart across the vision, are called photopsia or entopic phenomenon. It is not really understood what causes this. A flash of light in the vision is more worrisome and could indicate the risk for a retinal problem. It you are unsure, a dilated eye exam will rule out any problems. ...Read more
My BP was 92/72 pulse 75 while lying down. I was really active this morning. Are those numbers ok?
Ok: As long as you are not weak or dizzy. ...Read more
Would having your bloodpressure checked while lying down give a different reading than in sitting position?
BPchange: The blood pressure ie dynamic process, it can change from minuite to minuite. Gravity plays a great role in blood pressure. It also depends in what you are doing at the time. Pleasurable thoughts calm mind and mindfulness all play a part in blood presure. Some times lyuing down slows the metabolism and sudddenly getting up will lower BP for a short time. There are many more mechanisms are involved. ...Read more
What factors can negatively affect peak flow in a normal person? For example lying down, body posture, stress?
I experience anxiety more than usual when I'm lying down on my back generally. Not upright. Why could this be Dr?
The Unquiet Mind: There is nothing physical about lying on your back that would increase anxiety. So I find myself wondering if, when you lie down, you have fewer distractions, which makes you focus more on the issues that make you anxious. If so, you can sit up and distract yourself again, or, better yet, pay attention to what scares you and talk to a therapist about it. It's probably important. ...Read more
Hi, I was lying down last night and my whole body started to shake nearly like a slow rocking feeling. What could it be?
You may've had a hypnagogic jerk (s). These NORMALLY occur going from an awake to twilight state of sleep then, into deeper stages where almost no body motions occur until we start cycling through the different stages of sleep. One can also think of other things so as not to miss anything. As a neurologist I'm happy to consult with you: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi
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There's a temporary blackout whenever I stand up from lying down. It's happening more frequently. Is this a bad sign? I'm scared..
Well, it's not good: Feeling lightheaded when changing positions from laying down to sitting or from sitting to standing may be due to orthostatic (or postural) hypotension. Check out http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/orthostatic-hypotension/basics/definition/con-20031255. Drink enough fluids (water) to make urine pale. See your FamilyDoc for evaluation if symptoms persists despite adequate hydration. ...Read more
I have severe floor dropping sensation. Diangosis bppv but nostagmus not evident anymore. Lying down improves it. What could it be?
POTS: Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (pots) could explain symptoms of "falling out" improved by lying down. In a fortyish male I would expect to also see a severe chronic pain syndrome from a previous mechanical injury to a limb or the spine. A neurologist might be the best specialist to diagnose. ...Read more
Why is it I can breathe much better lying down? Then when I wake up I find my sob much more obvious. What can this tell abt nature of my sob?
Breathing awareness: When you lie down, you reduce your lung volume due to restrictive effects and loss of gravity assisting diaphragm excursion. Also, there is a redistribution of blood volume into the central circulation. Both may impair breathing when there is advanced lung or heart disease, respectively. If you're more short of breath sitting up, it suggests a psychosomatic component to your breathlessness. ...Read more
BP 96/55 and HR 55 lying down. Sitting and standing BP 115/70, HR up to 100. Reasons for these large differences in BP and HR? No meds have changed.
That you are dehydrated...
These changes are normal and the values you give are not worrisome, unless you get really dizzy when standing.
increase your fluid intake to no less than 80 ounces a day, not liquor! ;) ...Read more
I'm ok lying down, suddenly as soon as I stand up its agony in lower back, I cant hold my weight. S cord stimulater I have is working fine. Any suggestions?
More info needed: Any recent back injury or strain? Does the pain radiate into the buttock or leg? If it's a flareup of old disc protrusion it may subside after a few weeks; a recent back strain will improve sooner. Try cold and hot applications, rest, and if you can take them, NSAIDs like ibuprofen should help. Your orthopedic or neurosurgeon are best qualified to evaluate and treat you. ...Read more