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Arm pain while sleeping

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  • Posted By: cheirogloss
  • March 19, 2007
  • 03:41 PM

I am a 22 year old female, not overweight, take no prescrips and am otherwise healthy. For the past several weeks I have been experiencing severe pain in the muscles of my upper left arm while sleeping. It is a deep pain like I just worked out really hard. When I wake up and throughout the rest of the day I experience muscle weakness and dull pain in that arm, especially when I try to raise it. I went to the Dr, and she said that I was just sleeping in the wrong position and cutting off circulation to that arm, but the pain occurs when I sleep on that side, when I sleep on my back or when I sleep on the other side and just lay my left arm on my side. It also occurs less severely when I sleep on my stomach.
The pain is affecting my sleep, my ability to function during the day and my relationship with my fiancee. I toss and turn all night long, sleep too lightly and end up in the guest bedroom at 3 am to keep from waking him up all night. I have tried changing sleeping positions, sleeping in non-restrictive clothing/ no clothes, sleeping on the couch and in different beds. Nothing works and I can't take it anymore. I don't think that it is just the wrong sleeping position and am becoming worried. Please help!

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  • I am a 22 year old female, not overweight, take no prescrips and am otherwise healthy. For the past several weeks I have been experiencing severe pain in the muscles of my upper left arm while sleeping. It is a deep pain like I just worked out really hard. When I wake up and throughout the rest of the day I experience muscle weakness and dull pain in that arm, especially when I try to raise it. I went to the Dr, and she said that I was just sleeping in the wrong position and cutting off circulation to that arm, but the pain occurs when I sleep on that side, when I sleep on my back or when I sleep on the other side and just lay my left arm on my side. It also occurs less severely when I sleep on my stomach. The pain is affecting my sleep, my ability to function during the day and my relationship with my fiancee. I toss and turn all night long, sleep too lightly and end up in the guest bedroom at 3 am to keep from waking him up all night. I have tried changing sleeping positions, sleeping in non-restrictive clothing/ no clothes, sleeping on the couch and in different beds. Nothing works and I can't take it anymore. I don't think that it is just the wrong sleeping position and am becoming worried. Please help!I am a Physical Therapist so this information should help. What were you doing a few weeks ago before this started hurting? Were you working out hard and often, perhaps with arm weights doing lateral and front raises? I suspect a partial rotator cuff tear, which can be unrelenting in its pain, and would explain why it really hurts when you raise it.I would schedule an appointment with a board certified Orthopedic Specialist in Shoulder problems. Call a local Orthopedist and ask if they have Shoulder Specialists. If not, call your Primary Doctor and ask their office who they suggest for Shoulder injuries specifically. You will need both a x-ray and MRI. This is key.~Chris
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  • I am having the exact same issue only I am now getting the pain in both arms. If I lay on my side, the pain is worse in the arm that I am not laying on (on the up side) Also, like you, when I sit up, the pain goes away only to return when I lay down and go to sleep... Did you find out what was causing this pain?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 18, 2010
    • 04:09 PM
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  • I have the same thing and would love to hear someone weigh in. Mine comes and goes, oddly enough. It started about 5 years ago and will periodically flare up for a couple weeks, before disappearing completely for a while. It's pretty painful, and as the others have already said, its almost worse when I lay on the opposite side and only alleviates when I get up for the day or lay on my stomach. Sometimes when I try to raise my arm throughout the day, it feels as if the joint locked, even though I can tell that the pain is in the muscle. Any input would be appreciated!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 18, 2011
    • 02:56 PM
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  • I too have been experiencing upper arm pain while sleeping for a few weeks or so. It is now continuing to hurt after sleeping, especially when raising my arms. It is particularly bad after sleeping on my side, but is not fading when sleeping in other positions. I am starting to look for a new mattress because I don't know what else to do. Any input?
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