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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. Jeffrey Wint
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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

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Left shoulder pain when reach behind/across body, lay on left side/on back at night what could this be? It's been happening about a month after accident

Left shoulder pain when reach behind/across body, lay on left side/on back at night what could this be? It's been happening about a month after accident

Do Some Research: This sounds like a "classic" case of a rotator cuff problem. That is, the tendons that move and/or stabilize the shoulder. If you're careful, it can heal on its own, but if there's been no progress after 4-6 months, go see an orthopedic doctor. Before that, avoid straining above shoulder height. Look on the internet for stretching and mobilizing exercises, use Motrin and apply ice after activity. ...Read more

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What can cause shoulder pain in front of the clavicle on the left side when sitting having back support? And no pain when standing or laying

Unclear: I'll say that "in front of the clavicle" close to the breastbone is the sternoclavicular joint.

The pectoralis major muscle attaches to the "front" of the clavicle, but I've never seen a strain of that muscle hurt in that location.

Other small ligaments and muscles attach to the clavicle, but I just can't imagine anything that causes pain only when sitting. ...Read more

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I lay arm on flat surface and with 2 or 3 pds weight do wrist curls for 2 min. Would this cause shoulder pain? Pain when I lift whole arm crosswise

I lay arm on flat surface and with 2 or 3 pds weight do wrist curls for 2 min. Would this cause shoulder pain? Pain when I lift whole arm crosswise

No: We use the cross arm test for diagnosis. This is a sign of an old injury that has partially torn the shoulder joint capsule. An MRI is diagnostic and the Rx is arthroscopic repair. Good luck! ...Read more

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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

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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; suggesting that shoulder disorder is a 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

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Right shoulder pain into neck can't lift arm over my head and some numbness and no grip in my hands can't lay on it severe pain constantly?

Right shoulder pain into neck can't lift arm over my head and some numbness and no grip in my hands can't lay on it severe pain constantly?

See a neurologist: You must see a neurologist. You have definite signs of either diseased or pinched nerves in neck or brachial plexus on right side. ...Read more

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Accident 1 mo ago, pinched ulnar nerve. Chest pain when I lay on left or belly. Related? Had blood/ekg all normal. Also GERD symps. Neck shoulder pain

Accident 1 mo ago, pinched ulnar nerve. Chest pain when I lay on left or belly. Related? Had blood/ekg all normal. Also GERD symps. Neck shoulder pain

Ulnar nerve Sx: It is most likely that ur gerd is giving you the chest pain rather than your ulnar nerve. Patients w/ulnar nerve compression can have pain, numbness, tingling, cold hands/arms, neck ; shoulder pain; just about any symptom from the fingertips to the neck, but not chest pain. A good way to find out is to have a physician block (numb up) your ulnar nerve and see what sx go away. ...Read more

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Can having your neck bent down at work cause neck and shoulder pain?

Can having your neck bent down at work cause neck and shoulder pain?

Yes...: Take a break when you can, move your head and neck around and stretch up. You can also use gentle heat and nsaids (aspirin or Ibuprofen or naproxen) after work for some relief. Good luck. ...Read more

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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

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What is wrong when you have shoulder pain that feels like an electrical charge running down your arm?

Nerve problem: Sounds like you have a pinched or compressed nerve. See an orthopedist or neurologist. Often times the longer youy wait to be treated, the worse the condition can get. ...Read more

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Pain when taking a deep breath only but when I change posture or move shoulder pain goes away. Shoulder pain around rotator cuff and down shoulder?

Pain when taking a deep breath only but when I change posture or move shoulder pain goes away. Shoulder pain around rotator cuff and down shoulder?

Couple of things: Could be a couple of things. If not going away in a couple of days, then should have it checked by someone. Maybe even get X-ray. ...Read more

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Shoulder pain with shooting pain down arm?

Many possibilities: Pain from the shoulder down the arm my be caused by a variety of things. Starting at the neck, there may be a pinched nerve, or the joints in the neck may be irritated. The muscles around the neck and shoulder may develop trigger points or tendonopathy which cause radiating pain. The shoulder itself may develop impingement. A pm;r doc is best able to diagnose the source of your pain. ...Read more

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What causes ur spine to go straight up and down, with no known injuries? Nd can this cause neck, back&shoulder pain including headaches?

What causes ur spine to go straight up and down, with no known injuries? Nd can this cause neck, back&shoulder pain including headaches?

Weakness: Straightening is usually seen due to muscle tightening. It can be due to muscle guarding after an acute sprain such as whiplash or as a result of weakness. Weakness will result in the muscles tightening in an uncomfortable attempt to maintain posture. ...Read more

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I have been having neck and shoulder pain on my right side for a week now. At times the pain will go down my right arm as well. What would cause this?

I have been having neck and shoulder pain on my right side for a week now. At times the pain will go down my right arm as well. What would cause this?

Your neck: Thank you for the question. There are many potential causes, but among the most common is the irritation of a nerve in the neck. The term "cervical radiculopathy" refers to the pain that can run don the arm into the neck from a nerve irritation in the neck. Uusally a phyxical exam and appropraite imaging studies can diagnose the problem. ...Read more