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Neck/arm/shoulder pain when sleeping

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  • Posted By: Sarah1982
  • September 3, 2007
  • 09:14 AM

I have recently (within the last 6 months) experienced discomfort when sleeping, mainly when I sleep on my sides (usually my most comfortable way to get to sleep). It started off with clicking joints, mainly when I turned onto my side, and then it became a habit to have to move my arm in a certain way in order for it to click, and for me to be comfortable. However now when I sleep on my left side the muscles in the top of my left upper arm ache, and when I sleep on my right side my right hip hurts. My neck also aches, and I'm constantly swapping between thin pillows, thick pillows, and no pillows, countless times during the night. I feel permanently like I need a massage at nights, and until now in the daytime I have been absolutley fine. However now I constantly ache, even during the daytime!

I have a history of lower back problems, which I am rectifying with exercise (swimming, walking, and i will take up yoga again soon), and I also saw an osteopath a few months ago which helped greatly. My back is now a lot better, however it's now the turn of my shoulders and arms and neck to cause me concern! The fact is, I am only 25, and feel too young to have to put up with all of this! It had crossed my mind that it may be my bed that is causing the problems, however I don't know how I can prove this, other than buy another mattress (or ask my landlord to) - however until I had tested the new one out for 6 months there would be no way of knowing which one would suit me best.

Any advice would be appreciated! I just want to know whether it's my bed, or whether it's my body telling me something's wrong! Thanks. Sarah.

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  • Your not the only one who finds it comfortable to sleep on your side. i think that it could be your pillow and your mattress. i used to have a memory foam pillow and theat really helped my shoulder and neck pain, as this takes off all the pressure form one side of your body. i would also try getting a memory foam mattress, they are nolt all that cheap, try and shop around and you may get a good deal...good luck
    Danni 1989 12 Replies
    • September 6, 2007
    • 00:40 PM
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