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How do I stop my shoulder from hurting when I sleep?

I am a 29 year old male. I want to know how do I stop my shoulder from hurting when I sleep?

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That would depend on how you're sleeping to begin with. Followed by a recommendation of going to a qualified health professional to have the shoulder examined to make sure that there is not a problem somewhere within the region. Hope that answers your question!
First, I would check with your chiropractor to make sure it is in place. In the meantime, using an ice pack on the area make help manage. Chiropractic care is a great place to start and they may be able to determine if you are in need of additional evaluations.
Adjusting your sleeping position to the opposite side or to your back or stomach may help take pressure off an aching shoulder. Utilize a pillow. Most of us change positions in our sleep. If you're concerned about rolling onto your sore shoulder, try placing a pillow in a way that will prevent you from doing so.
If you have shoulder pain when you sleep, it indicates there is inflammation around that area and most likely some imbalance or nerve irritation. During the day ,you can do corrective exercises for the shoulder and ice pack therapy especially before bedtime. When you go to bed, try using pillows placed strategically under your upper back and neck to give support. Try not to sleep on the painful side and if you do, put more wait on your upper back and less on the shoulder joint. In other words, bring your arm all the way through so the back of the shoulder is on the bed and not the front or side.

It sounds as if you probably have a shoulder issue if it hurts when you sleep on it. Changing the position you sleep in is a way to decrease the pain. Sleeping on your back instead of your side often helps. However, that change will not fix your shoulder problem. Find a good Chiropractor, Orthopedic or Osteopath that specializes in orthopedics to determine the actual cause of your pain and get the appropriate treatment. Simple mechanical problems in joints can end up causing arthritis and tendonitis if not treated properly. Keep stretching and strengthening the body.

Take care and be well,

Dr. Eric Miller
It can be a very simple solution or very complicated. If you are 29 years old, did not have any injury to your shoulder or the neck, then you have to change the way you sleep. I would personally look into your:pillow, mattress and posture during the sleep. If you had and injury to the above mentioned areas I would suggest to do X-ray, MRI and/or EMG/NCV testing to rule out pathology. Once again, what I described is a very broad beginning of the care, it should be decided after initial examination.

Ernest Buberman D.C.
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There may be an underlying condition causing your shoulder pain. Without knowing the history and particulars I couldn't say. However, most often pain in the shoulder area aggravated by sleeping can be a result of lying with the arm under the pillow. Try sleeping with your arms in front of you with support from a pillow to keep the shoulder muscles relaxed. I hope that helps.
You need to find out why your shoulder is hurting. What is causing the pain? You need to see a chiropractor to find out the answer for you. Meanwhile, do not sleep on that shoulder.
Hi, Dr. Steve here.

There can be many causes of shoulder pain when sleeping. The pain can come from the shoulder joint and/or muscles or from your neck or a combination of both. For sure one thing you can do is not sleep on your stomach. The best thing is to get an evaluation to determine the exact cause of your pain.
The shoulder is a very complex joint, so it depends on where it hurts and the type of pain. For example, if one were to roll over on it and it wakes them with a sharp, maybe burning pain, at the tip of the shoulder or on top where the little bony area is, then it could be an AC joint injury or rotator cuff injury or even a tendonitis of the supraspinatus, which is a part of the rotator cuff.
Sorry for the ambiguity in the answer, but shoulder problems are very complicated and seeing a doctor so that they can perform a few orthopedic tests would be the best move. Then at least you know what is there. Vitamin C, copper, and iodine are great for soft tissue inflammation. Iodine is a great topical anti-inflammatory as well as a great supplement. I often use arnica for a topical as well as supplementing with Bromelain vitamin C and quercetin. Hope this helps, but at the end of the day, it is always best to see your doctor, then make a decision from there to make sure that it is nothing serious.
Shoulder problems can be simple or very complicated. I would first ask questions. Have you had any falls or accidents current or past? What sports have you done past or present? What kind of activities do you do at work or around the house? Also other questions. Then I would examine both shoulders and the neck and upper back because all those areas can be involved. If there is no underlying issue simple movement exercises morning and evening may help.
If you are having pain, that is your body telling you that something is wrong. You need to get it checked by a health care professional who will take a detailed history and do a comprehensive examination, offer a proper diagnosis, and make appropriate treatment recommendations.
That’s usually an indication somethings wrong with your shoulder. I would personally evaluate the shoulder for muscle dysfunction/weakness. That’s a common cause of that pain while sleeping.

Skylar Bakko, DC QNCP PAK BFM

I recommend getting an examination from a Sports Chiropractor or a Doctor of Physical Therapy to assess the cause of your pain.
Have a couple of drinks before bedtime and it may help you to sleep deeper and not feel the pain.
It depends on the cause of the pain. Treatment will be based on the cause. This is similar to a car that does not start. The correction will depend on the cause.