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Hi I get bad shoulder pain when I lay down it wakes me up every nite , it's my right shoulder?

Hi I get bad shoulder pain when I lay down it wakes me up every nite , it's my right shoulder?

Neck or shoulder: The pain could be coming from your neck or your shoulder. Does changing position help it? Any numbness or tingling in the fingers of that side? ...Read more

Dr. James Chapman
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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


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Neck and shoulder pain that's more intense when I am laying down. How do I fix this?

Anti-inflammatory: Neck pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc in the neck. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. It is common for neck pain to refer to the head as well as shoulder blade. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (advil, aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more

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Sharp pain on shoulder when laying down ? It feels like pressure on my chest &back.(i had a dislocated shoulder in the past)

Sharp pain on shoulder when laying down ? It feels like pressure on my chest &back.(i had a dislocated shoulder in the past)

Bursitis?: If pain is when you are lying down on the side where you had dislocated shoulder, then this could be bursitis. or tendonitis. Apply Ice and take Anti Inflamatory 3/day for 3 days and see if there is any improvement. If not consult your Doctor. ...Read more

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I was laying down to sleep and randomly got pain under my jaw that has been persistent for the last 20 minutes, a headache, and shoulder pain all on t?

I was laying down to sleep and randomly got pain under my jaw that has been persistent for the last 20 minutes, a headache, and shoulder pain all on t?

Possible dental prob: Without knowing more info, It sounds most concerning for possible dental caries with potential tooth abscess with refer pain of a headache/shoulder pain. Please see a dentist asap to get it checked out. Other less possible diagnosis will be TMJ problem, parotid gland issue, ear infection, lymphadenitis, etc. ...Read more

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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

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I'm having severe front shoulder pain EVERY time i inhale and it's even worse when i lay down. It seems to be in my upper front chest and shoulder. ?

Be seen: Worsening chest/shoulder pain with respiratory effort should first be evaluated for possible cardiac and/ or repuratiry conditions. If this is first ruled out, musculoskeletal possibilities can be sought. But I would be seen as soon as possible. ...Read more

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On and off again bad chest pain enough to make me not move and try to lay down. Extreme guttural belching (constant)right shoulder pain severe on top?

On and off again bad chest pain enough to make me not move and try to lay down. Extreme guttural belching (constant)right shoulder pain severe on top?

See doctor pronto: Pain of that severity warrants prompt investigation. From your description alone, I cannot tell whether the problem is GERD, perforated ulcer, pneumonia, heart attack, etc. ...Read more

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Shoulder pain when laying on opposite side, how to get rid of.

Neck problem?: Could be a neck problem (possibly displaced disc), causing irritation of the c5 nerve root with a change in your neck position. C5 nerve root pain does radiate into the shoulder. ...Read more