Top
20
Doctor insights on: My Shoulder Hurts When I Hold My Arm In Down Ward Position Or When I Lay Down

Share
1

1
My shoulder hurts when I hold my arm in down ward position. Or when I lay down.?

My shoulder hurts when I hold my arm in down ward position. Or when I lay down.?

Needs evaluation: Needs evaluation, including complete history of this, any injuries, physical exam with range of motion before any diagnosis is made; could be due to shoulder, neck, collarbone, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
9 doctors shared insights

Shoulder Pain (Definition)

Shoulder pain is multifactorial. It can be from bone issues -- like arthritis. It can be from muscle tendon issues -- like a torn rotator cuff, or when a tendon is inflammed. It can also be from nerve issues -- like a bulging disk in your spine. Each diagnosis ...Read more


2

2
Left shoulder hurts and the pain goes down the arm but when I lay down it does not hurt it hurts the worst when I get up in the morning also I get headaches and I never had headaches in my life. If you?

Left shoulder hurts and the pain goes down the arm but when I lay down it does not hurt it hurts the worst when I get up in the morning also I get headaches and I never had headaches in my life. If you?

Seek evaluation: As you describe your symptoms, you're problem could be in your neck or shoulder. A thorough evaluation by physician expert in evaluating musculoskeletal problems is advised. This should include a physical examination and radiograph studies (X-rays ands MRIs). Treatment should follow after your evaluation . ...Read more

3

3
My shoulder hurts all the time, but it is more severe when i'm sitting or laying down. Elevation does not help. Pain goes into the neck & arm.

My shoulder hurts all the time, but it is more severe when i'm sitting or laying down. Elevation does not help. Pain goes into the neck & arm.

??: Could be several things neck problems or shoulder joint itself can present this way if it is concerning you enough then go get it checked out by an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

4

4
Shoulder hurts at the socket area. Feels heavy/pain radiates outward. Sometimes down my arm. I'm 25 healthy female. Carry heavy things sometimes.

Shoulder hurts at the socket area. Feels heavy/pain radiates outward. Sometimes down my arm. I'm 25 healthy female. Carry heavy things sometimes.

Hard to say w/o exam: It's hard to say what is going on without doing an exam, so you should see your doctor in the clinic. I doubt that this is an emergency, as you are able to move your arms and there is no swelling in your hands, numbness, or loss of sensation. You could have arthritis, or a musculoskeletal injury (rotator cuff muscle / tendon strain) from heavy lifting. Brachial plexus nerve injury is less likely. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
What's wrong with my shoulder? My shoulder hurts when i lean forward & am using muscles to hold my arm in place instead of hanging forward, and also when i move my arm straight back. The pain is on the top & front, right in front of the end of my clavicl

What's wrong with my shoulder? My shoulder hurts when i lean forward & am using muscles to hold my arm in place instead of hanging forward, and also when i move my arm straight back.  The pain is on the top & front, right in front of the end of my clavicl

It : It sounds like it may be a bursitis, which is an inflammation of the fluid-filled sac around the shoulder (there are bursa on other joints also). This can get inflammed for no reason. It sounds less likely to be rotator cuff issues since you can move your arm in most directions. It is important to be evaluated for this as bursitis can lead to a frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis). Please be sure you do gentle range of motion activities with your shoulder. Bend over and move your arm in little circles, or climb your fingers up the wall. You can take advil (ibuprofen) if you can tolerate it and don't have any reason that you can't take it (pregnancy, ulcer, etc). Please be evaluated by your doctor for your symptoms. If you have increased pain, any redness or swelling of the joint, fever, or pain in the chest, then please be seen immediately as an emergency. ...Read more

7

7
What do you suggest if my shoulder hurts and I have shooting pain down through my arm to my hands this bursitis?

See details: You should see an orthopedist or rheumatologist and have the issue evaluated. There is evidence from your symptoms that there is an element of nerve compression. ...Read more

8

8
Sharp left shoulder pain. Hurts more when I take a deep breath, lie down or get up. I can move my left arm with no pain. No physical signs of trauma.

Sharp left shoulder pain. Hurts more when I take a deep breath, lie down or get up. I can move my left arm with no pain. No physical signs of trauma.

Not clear: Typically if pain is related to movement it is muscle related. You need to also consider pneumonia or in your age range to consider, though unlikely, a blood clot especially if you are on birth control. Heart disease or inflammatory diseases are something to consider although less likely. See your doctor for a full exam and history. ...Read more

9

9
Left shoulder pain increasing for 5 days. Sharp pain. 8/10. Hurts to lay or turn head .Can move. Neck, shoulder blade & arm hurt. What should I do?

Left shoulder pain increasing for 5 days. Sharp pain. 8/10. Hurts to  lay or turn head .Can move. Neck, shoulder blade &  arm hurt. What should I do?

Muscular Pain?: Hi, your recent onset of symptoms and your age suggest that at this point the most likely diagnosis is that you have a shoulder/upper back/neck strain. You don't describe radicular symptoms that would suggest a neurologic etiology. Initial treatment after an H&P and imaging usually starts with NSAIDs and maybe a muscle relaxer and also some therapy exercises to see if your symptoms will get better ...Read more

10

10
Fell in shower two months ago only hurt wrist. Now left shoulder pain, stiffness, weakness in arm, can't lay on it, pain 8/10, hurts to move it. ?????

Fell in shower two months ago only hurt wrist. Now left shoulder pain, stiffness, weakness in arm, can't lay on it, pain 8/10, hurts to move it. ?????

Soft tissue: Fall onto upper extremity begot acute wrist pain & delayed shoulder pain suggests that shoulder disorder is sympathetic response to primary wrist injury & splinting. Shoulder muscle spasm is likely, followed by tendonitis. In that there was not an instant shoulder injury nor pain, ligament injury is unlikely. Heat, rest , acupuncture, topical Cannabis lotion, & massage are considerations. ...Read more

11

11
Severe shoulder pain when my arms hang down, ie walking. If i hold my hand up, like in a sling, i'm fine.

Shoulder pain: The sling is fine, but you must see your Doctor to make sure there is no major issue. Most likely you will be referred to joint specialist. Hope all goes well - please let me know! ...Read more

12

12
R shoulder pain, can't lift arm completly, upper spine really hurt=stabbing pain, sometimes, my arms gets numb.Cant stay in the same position. Help?

Neurologic source: You should see your physician. Several different conditions can present with these symptoms, from cardiac to orthopedic to neurologic. ...Read more

13

13
Left shoulder pain for 3 weeks now,the pain hasn't went down with ice or pain meds, hurts when i move my arm up or away. Rotator cuff tear/tendonitis?

Left shoulder pain for 3 weeks now,the pain hasn't went down with ice or pain meds, hurts when i move my arm up or away. Rotator cuff tear/tendonitis?

Tendonitis: 30's female w. anterior shoulder pain at abduction, absent mechanical injury, likely has tendonitis of biceps tendon. Heat, rest & topical Cannabis salve + heating pad might help. If problem persists over next 10 days, visit an Osteopath or Physiatrist for evaluation & possible cortisone injection, which will likely resolve symptoms forever or at least several months. Consider repetitive stress. ...Read more

15

15
Woke from a sound sleep with sharp pain in left shoulder, hurts to move it, cant get comfortable, some nausea, pain goes down arm, 52 yr asthma female?

L shoulder : Without a history of trauma to your shoulder and with the associated nausea, and pain radiating down your arm this could be a sign of chest pain and could indicate there is something serious going on other than pain in the shoulder. Go to the ER immediately and get checked out. If you are not allergic to aspirin it would be a good idea to take a 325 mg tab on route to ER. ...Read more

16

16
Left shoulder pain that radiates down arm into hand, accompanied by pain from hip (L) down my leg. Only happens when laying down. Cause for concern?

Left shoulder pain that radiates down arm into hand, accompanied by pain from hip (L) down my leg. Only happens when laying down. Cause for concern?

Nerve pressure: It appears from the radiating pain that you have nerve compression. This happens when a nerve is squeezed between two other structures. You need to get examined by a physician, Neurologist, who can find the compression sites before the pain becomes longer lasting and possible permanent. ...Read more

18

18
Having left shoulder pain goes down my arm to my thumb and left side collar bone hurts and headaches?

Please see your doct: Please see your doctor--keep log of your symptoms and what you do to improve symptoms--this will be helpful to your physician-- any history of trauma? Any visual symptoms? ...Read more

19

19
Should i go to the ER for my right shoulder pain hurts to move arm and not move arm then sends pain down arm to hand and makes it numb and tingly?

See a Dr asap: This sounds like a nerve problem, may be chronic neck problem or a recent onset - depends of more history... Either way get an appointment with a spine / orthopedics specialists. ...Read more

20

20
I get severe shoulder pain that is felt all the way down my arm when i bring my arm?

See below: The possibilities are likely a primary problem with the shoulder itself or perhaps a radiating pain from the neck which can be caused by discs, pinched nerves or arthritis in the joints of the neck. If it generally is worse when you raise your arm, it is probably the shoulder, but only a good physical examination by a musculoskeletal doctor (orthopedist or physiatrist) should answer the question. ...Read more