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Arm Pain While Sleeping - Please Help!

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  • Posted By: cheirogloss
  • March 19, 2007
  • 03:40 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 having the same exact problem with my upper right arm. I am 99% sure it is from sleeping on my side. I was told by a few people to go to a chiropractor to help the circulation.Good luck!
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  • I have this too - just like you've described. Only this is not the first time, it comes every 4-5 months. I think I have poor circulation anyway, so that could be a cause. Sorry I don't have any answers.
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  • You may experiencing an impingement syndrom. Do you have full range of motion in that arm? Try reaching over and behind your head to touch the bottom of the opposite ear.An MRI will pick this up.
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  • Please if anyone figures this out let me know ouillusion at yahoo. I have had this arm pain for 3 years, it comes and goes for about 2-3 month period usully in the spring. Nothing helps but a hot shower in the morning. Heating pads, tylenol does not work. Does anyone know if this related to rheumatoid arthritis? Or Allergies? I have RA also but the celebrex does nothing, Shots of cortizone mask it for a few days. My doctors are clueless its gotten so bad that I moved in the night a burst into tears b/c of the pain. The pain is unreal.
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  • I have had this same problem in both arms for about a year and a half now. it tends to go in waves, but since i am now 6 months pregnant and have to sleep on my sides every night it has intensified dramatically.i understand the pain you describe! sometimes i can't raise my arms over my head--turn the steering wheel of my car correctly--and i also toss and turn every night.i haven't gone to the doctor for fear i will get the same brush off response as someone mentioned earlier of "oh, you're just sleeping on it wrong." i try some nights to just prop myself up on some pillows and not sleep on my sides at all, but i still end up with throbbing arms in the morning.i wish i had some answers, and there is really not anything else on the internet i've found that describes/helps this problem.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 11, 2009
    • 02:34 PM
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  • I too am experienceing this pain and for me it is not the first time. It makes an already sleepless night even worse. I am feeling the pain in my upper right arm and I cant sleep comfortably in any position. The first time I experienced it, I was four months pregnant, and it comes and goes ever since. Now that I am on my third pregnancy, the pain has returned and I cant take anything for it. I can only describe it as a pinched nerve feeling at least what I think a pinched nerve would feel like.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 15, 2009
    • 04:23 AM
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  • I too am experienceing this pain and for me it is not the first time. It makes an already sleepless night even worse. I am feeling the pain in my upper right arm and I cant sleep comfortably in any position. The first time I experienced it, I was four months pregnant, and it comes and goes ever since. Now that I am on my third pregnancy, the pain has returned and I cant take anything for it. I can only describe it as a pinched nerve feeling at least what I think a pinched nerve would feel like.I hope everyone on this page reads this! I am having the ame problem. Guess why? Pinched nerves in neck from bulging/hernated/ruptured disc in L4-L5. There are things you can do through physical therapy, injections, chiropractor, traction, and meds. I see my pain specialist tomorrow. Last night I hita pain scale of 9...highly uncommon for me. I take Kadian ER 20mg 3x a day plus 75mg of Lyrica. If it comes and goes more than once or twice a year, you need to see your doctor and request to see a neurologist. I will probably be having a fusion next week. BRING IT ON!!!!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 24, 2009
    • 03:51 AM
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  • I am having the exact same problem. I am a 53 year old femail and have never had any health issues. I did take Chantix, a quit smoking aid. That is the only connection I can make with the timing of the pain, and I'm not sure there is a connection. This has been going on for 7 months now. Please update if you come up with a solution.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 9, 2010
    • 03:04 PM
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  • I am having the exact same problem. I am a 53 year old femail and have never had any health issues. I did take Chantix, a quit smoking aid. That is the only connection I can make with the timing of the pain, and I'm not sure there is a connection. This has been going on for 7 months now. Please update if you come up with a solution. It may have something to do with your cervical spine. I have this sometimes too. Try lying on just one flat pillow at night and see ifthat helps. Also, try turning your head in different position and seeif the pain completely disappears. This would also be due to a problem with the cervical spine, maybe a bulging disc.
    kat2009 14 Replies
    • February 13, 2010
    • 03:11 AM
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  • Is it your entire arm or just the hand or wrist? Is there any way you could have injured your wrist? A wrist injury will cause pain up into the forearm. Arm parathesias is a possibility. They usually result from nerve damage due to pressure, entrapment, or nerve diseases. Are you having any elbow pain? You said you are having muscle weakness, which makes complete sense if there is something going on with your muscles. Could you have injured your arm or forearm? Is the pain only located in the forearm or the entire arm? Trauma to your arm would explain the pain you are experiencing. As would arthritis. If the pain is located in your upper arm only, you could have injured your upper arm or bicep. It's possible you could be suffering from Bicipital tendinitis. Bicipital tendinitis, or biceps tendinitis, is an inflammatory process of the long head of the biceps tendon and is a common cause of shoulder pain due to its position and function. Shoulder tendinitis fits your symptoms as well. Tendinitis is inflammation (redness, soreness, and swelling) of a tendon.
    aleasha89 34 Replies
    • February 14, 2010
    • 05:04 PM
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  • I have pain in both arms in my upper arms shoulder in my back. I been to the doctor so many times an took so many test. I'm at a point now I'm not surs what to do any more I deal with this pain off an on from morning to night so if some one share some light on this it sure would help
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  • I can tell you right now that some of you may have what is called "Frozen Shoulder". I first experienced this last May in my right arm. I woke up in tears and with severe pain. Within a week, I couldn't even shampoo my hair or reach for something in the cabinet. The pain is excruciating with the wrong movement and sometimes I would be on the floor in tears. I just wanted someone to cut my arm off. Pain meds didn't help. You have to take anti-inflamitory drugs such as ibuprofin, which doesn't help much but is some relief.My shoulder stayed "frozen" for 5 months and then began "thawing", but total movement hasn't come back yet but is getting better and the pain has decreased enormousely, as soon as it goes into the thawing stage. I can do most things failrly well now but getting dressed is still a bit uncomfortable since my arm won't bend backwards yet to put on a blouse, so I wear pull over shirts still.Now I have frozen shoulder in my left arm! It started about 3 months ago, and I'm hoping it will only take about 5 months before it thaws out. I want to cry and scream at times because now I can't wash my hair again or curl it since I can't reach over my head or behind it.The worst thing is not being able to sleep at night without waking from pain if you roll over on it.You must do little excercises to help, but don't push it to where you hurt too much or you will just keep it inflamed. Use a heating pad or stand under a hot shower every day. Lean foreward and swing your arm in small circles both ways. Stand 12" from a wall and crawl your hand up as far as you can, and sit at a table with your arm resting straight out and and lean foreward keeping it straight. Do these several times a day.It takes time and is very wearin gon your nerves and mental well being, but with time it will usually correct itself. Read everything you can find on this and it will help you understand what is going on. I went to physical therapy as the Dr had suggested but it wass too painful and kept it irritated. After it goes into the thawing stage is the best time to go. Otherwise, stick to the little excercises you can do at home and you be the judge as to how much pain you want to endure.
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  • i am so relieved to know i am not the only one experiencing this! it has only begun in the last couple of months for me and i have been so confused. the pain is unbearable. some days i cannot go about my daily business, i cant hold any weight, lift my arm above my head. its making me miserable and i am exhausted! and then on the odd week, i am perfectly fine! as i am travelling i cant afford to see a doctor. anymore help from anyone will be so much appreciated, for all of us suffering this unusual pain.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 17, 2010
    • 05:56 AM
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  • I have the same thing in my upper left arm, more in the front part of my shoulder. It comes every 4-6 months, and serves as my reminder to get back to the chiropractor for regular maintenance. If I skip my 4-6 week visits for too long, this is one of the symptoms I endure. It wouldn't hurt to at least get evaluated by a reputable chiropractor.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 10, 2010
    • 10:47 AM
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  • I have it in my upper right arm for 9 months now it gets worse when I lift a lot.Crazy but it seems better for a while if I sleep on that side but after a couple hours the pain drives me out of bed and if I sleep in a recliner it gets a bit better.lately I am getting head aches along with the pain.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 31, 2010
    • 02:05 PM
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  • I'm having the same problem and it is a rotater cuff injury. It does hurt a lot when you sleep on your side.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 2, 2011
    • 05:14 AM
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  • i just recently got this pain in my upper right arm at first i thought it was my mussels getting soar from pulling my heavy blankets continuously through the night but that wasn't the case..the next 2 nights the same pain occurred and i was getting fed up because i couldn't sleep properly and school is starting up again soon and i cant have lack of sleep soo usually my method of dealing with pain is to confront it with more pain hoping it will cancel each other out if that even makes scence but it has worked in the past for me anyhow for this what i did was i got one of my heavy dumbbells and had it next to my bed (where i wouldnt trip over it if i needed a late night snack or potty break etc.), so if the pain woke me up i just do a couple curls right then and there and it actually gave me temporary releaf enough to get me back to sleep peacefully. yes its inconvenient and unfair to wake up 3am and pump iron for comfort but thats all i got =)
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 2, 2011
    • 01:56 PM
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  • I'm 21 year old female experiencing the exact same symptoms. I've had them for more than 2 weeks now, tried to sleep in every position I can think of. That L4 L5 thing makes sense cause this happened after I sat in a shrimp-like position in uncomfortable chairs writing an essay for a week. It certainly didn't do my lower back any good.
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  • I'm a 51-yr. old female who's experiencing the same thing. My left harm really hurts when I try to open it and when I turn it the wrong way. I noticed a few nights in a row that it was beginning to hurt. It felt as if it was being disconnected from my elbow. I woke up this morning in a lot of pain. I took a hot shower, but it didn't help. I take vitamins, supplements and a liquid substance that I got from the organic store to help with menopause. I'm seeing a neurologist at the end of the month but that's not going to help now. I'll just pray and pray that it's nothing serious.
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