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I slept wrong on my shoulder last night and now its like I

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I slept wrong on my shoulder last night and now it's like I sprained it!! When I life heavy things its like a small shooting pain down the outside of my arm
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 4 years ago.

Mysticdoc :

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Mysticdoc :

Hi there,

I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.

I am here to help you with your concerns.

Mysticdoc :

Shooting pain is due to the pressure on the nerve supplying your arm.

Mysticdoc :

Due to the faulty sleeping position, the nerve passing through the shoulder got pinched and hence these symptoms.

Mysticdoc :

Usually, the symptoms get better within 2 weeks.

Mysticdoc :

Avoid sleeping on the affected side.

Mysticdoc :

Physical therapy will help with your symptoms.

Mysticdoc :

Ibuprofen can be taken for controlling the pain.

Mysticdoc :

Here are some exercises for you to try at home:

Mysticdoc :

This is another excellent resource of exercises to help with your symptoms:

Mysticdoc :

Please also discuss with your GP.

Mysticdoc :

Best wishes,

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JACUSTOMER-9w5nnvaa- : Thanks for your help. Was just wondering Im working as a nanny the arm that hurts is the arm i carry the child. If i continue to work will the effect be alot worse.??
Mysticdoc :

You should avoid using the affected arm till it gets better.

Mysticdoc :

Hence, it is better not to carry the child on your affected side.

Mysticdoc :

Best wishes,