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Fell on a large rock when thrown off a horse. Keep getting lower back pains when keeping back straight .Painful when sleeping ,must sleep curled up.

Fell on a large rock when thrown off a horse. Keep getting lower back pains when keeping back straight .Painful when sleeping ,must sleep curled up.

See an MD: The fall could have caused a fracture of your spine, so I would definitely recommend that you be seen by an orthopedist for further evaluation. Hopefully it's just a deep bruise (contusion), but you need to be evaluated for the worst possible scenario. ...Read more

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4 month old baby started rolling on stomach in sleep and is sleeping more comfortably. Will he turn head to side? Sometimes hes face down in matress.

4 month old baby started rolling on stomach in sleep and is sleeping more comfortably. Will he turn head to side? Sometimes hes face down in matress.

Two issues: First, I never worry about whether a baby shifts their position at night when they have the physical ability to role. Second, since SIDS is associated with belly sleeping, I don't put them down on their belly for the first year. Yes they can turn their head, and we belly slept babies up until 1992 when the back to sleep movement began. Since then we have seen a 40% decline in SIDS ...Read more

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Will letting my baby sleep on his side cause a stiff neck?

Will letting my baby sleep on his side cause a stiff neck?

No; not a good idea: Letting your baby sleep on his side shouldn't cause a stiff neck, but this position is not recommended for sleep because of the risk of sids. Babies should sleep on their backs; the incidence of sids is lower than if babies sleep on their sides. ...Read more

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My baby is two months and moves from back to belly at night and is scooting all over his crib! he keeps waking up cuz he bumps his head on the sides of crib. What do I do!?

My baby is two months and moves from back to belly at night and is scooting all over his crib! he keeps waking up cuz he bumps his head on the sides of crib. What do I do!?

Lay on back to sleep: At 2m your baby is still in a sids risk period for belly sleeping so it is important to start on his/her back & re-position when you find him/her prone.I would do this up to at least 4 mo at which point you can comfortably let it go.The prone creepers will bump their head but it does no harm & at this point alerts you to the bad position.Please do not invest in bumpers (linked to suffication). ...Read more

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When i sleep on my right side, the left side of my hip burns. I wake up throughout the night and change sleeping positions, but it's not going away.?

When i sleep on my right side, the left side of my hip burns. I wake up throughout the night and change sleeping positions, but it's not going away.?

Hip burisitis: This pain is probably from hip bursitis. The bursa is the tissue on the side of the hip that can get inflamed with use or direct pressure. Ice, anti-inflammatory medications, and possibly physical therapy will help. ...Read more

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Baby just started rolling over back to front-rolls over halfway in his crib now and his head stays cocked back really far. Is this okay for his neck?

Baby just started rolling over back to front-rolls over halfway in his crib now and his head stays cocked back really far. Is this okay for his neck?

Should be fine.: Thanks for your question. Our necks are very flexible and so can move in many directions quite safely. As long as a person is putting their head in a certain position all by themselves, the position is typically safe. Trouble occurs when we place infants in positions that force them into unnatural postures. ...Read more

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16w pregnant. Start sleeping on my left side at night but wake up on my back. When i'm aware, i change positions but sometimes i'm sound asleep. Harm?

16w pregnant. Start sleeping on my left side at night but wake up on my back. When i'm aware, i change positions but sometimes i'm sound asleep. Harm?

No: Absolutely not. This happens all the time. Also, you dont' have to worry about this until later in the pregnancy, like after 28-30 weeks. Just do your best when you get to that point in pregnancy, to lay on your left side. But definitely no harm to baby if you wake up on your back. ...Read more

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My arms fall asleep all the way down into my chest when i sleep?

My arms fall asleep all the way down into my chest when i sleep?

Circulation: This sounds like a problem with your circulation. Sometimes this can be purely related to being in the wrong position, sometimes this could represent a serious problem. You should get check by your doc. ...Read more

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My 6 month old started sleeping on his belly at night. He woke up this morning and his eye on the side he was laying on is swollen. Is that normal if he laid on that side all night?

My 6 month old started sleeping on his belly at night. He woke up this morning and his eye on the side he was laying on is swollen. Is that normal if he laid on that side all night?

Yes: As long as the swelling goes away in a few hours, you shouldn't worry. If the swelling persists, if it is consistently on the same side, or if there is any discoloration of the skin i would recommend you see a pediatrician. ...Read more

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Terrible lower back pain wakes me up every midnight cant move on bed only gets better when i get out of the bed in the mornings slowly slowy?

Terrible lower back pain wakes me up every midnight cant move on bed only gets better when i get out of the bed in the mornings slowly slowy?

Eval needed: Don't know why midnight brings out the worst, but you need X-rays and hands on eval. Y a pain doc to determine why you hurt. Common problems in your age group include facet arthritis, sacroiliac disease, but could also represent female problems as well with referred pain. ...Read more

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Lower back pain left side woman who carries heavy toddler around on same side hurts worse when first lay down?

Lower back pain left side woman who carries heavy toddler around on same side hurts worse when first lay down?

Biomechanical: Carrying a heavy toddler will, of course, put a strain on the back muscles. The deep muscles of the back, along with quadratus lumborum may be involved. Start with yoga style stretching for the low back, also leg crosses and pulling kness to chest while lying on the floor. If your hips have rotated from repetitive strain, you may need to see a physical therapist for sacroiliac joint correction. ...Read more

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Why does my 6 month old baby drop her head down or to the side suddenly then picks it back up? It looks like when a person falls asleep sitting up

Why does my 6 month old baby drop her head down or to the side suddenly then picks it back up? It looks like when a person falls asleep sitting up

If you're not sure: If this is an involuntary movement, video an episode on your smart phone. Include your child's behavior for a few minutes after the episode.Note what she's doing prior to an event, how often it happens, & whether the movement interferes with eating, playing, etc., all useful history for her doctor, along with physical & neurological exams & developmental screening ( see firstsigns.Org). ...Read more

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2 months of bed rest laying on back. Now when I sit up on bed, dizzy headed. Even with my head propped up with pillows still dizzy. This normal?!

2 months of bed rest laying on back. Now when I sit up on bed, dizzy headed. Even with my head propped up with pillows still dizzy. This normal?!

YES: This is called orthostasis- a temporary drop in BP when going from a supine ( laying face up ) to an upright position- may be due to prolonged bedrest. ...Read more

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I was placing my 7 month old in her crib after she fell asleep & her head kind of flopped back while putting her down. Could this hurt her at all?

I was placing my 7 month old in her crib after she fell asleep & her head kind of flopped back while putting her down. Could this hurt her at all?

Probably not.: If you were putting her down on a soft surface and her head was close to the mattress, she should be fine. Did she wake up when that happened? Is she otherwise healthy and normal developmentally? If she is sleeping comfortably and is healthy, you shouldn't need to worry. Of course if she seems to be in pain or you are concerned, please call her doctor to discuss further. ...Read more