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Subject:How not to sleep on my right side?
Time:11:12 am
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Dear lazy/smart web:

My right shoulder hates me right now, and has for a few months. I don't know if I'm pinching a nerve or what, but sleeping on my right shoulder seems to be a really bad idea. When I do, I wake up with my whole arm in pain and it stays sore for the rest of the day. Unfortunately, that's the side that I naturally sleep on. My left shoulder is also affected a little bit, but not to nearly the same extent as the right.

I've tried building a sort of wedge with pillows, with a nest for my arm, and that helps but it's not enough. The problem doesn't seem to be tied to the bed I sleep in, since it happens at home and away.

I'm trying to figure out how to keep myself from sleeping on my right side. Ideally, I think sleeping on my back is best, but on my left side is OK as long as I use the pillow trick. Thus far, I've been unable to fall sleep on my back, and the only time in my life that I've been able to do so is when I had a broken collarbone and sleeping on my side was impossible.

Yes, I'm going to see my doctor, but I already have a pretty solid correlation between sleeping on it and being in pain the next day, so it makes sense to avoid doing that.

Suggestions?
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prock
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Time:2008-10-07 06:24 pm (UTC)
Break your collarbone?

Seriously, you might consider getting one of those funky foam mattresses and see if that doesn't reduce the stress on your shoulder. Or maybe a waterbed?
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whipartist
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Time:2008-10-07 06:25 pm (UTC)
I have a waterbed now.
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bldrnrpdx
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Time:2008-10-07 07:04 pm (UTC)
Try sleeping on the couch a few nights, such that you can use the back of the couch to help keep you from turning over onto the bad side.
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j5nn5r
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Time:2008-10-07 07:30 pm (UTC)
light night time bondage.

no, I'm not kidding.

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rahaeli
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Time:2008-10-07 07:57 pm (UTC)
Pajamas containing some kind of unpleasant-to-roll-over-on things sewn into the fabric on that side?

I also sometimes have luck with propping a body pillow up against the side that I'm not supposed to roll over on, though that doesn't always work and I wake up to find that I'm sleeping on my side on top of it.
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juliarachel
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Time:2008-10-07 08:43 pm (UTC)
A tennis ball in a sock, pinned tightly to the night shirt over the right shoulder blade might do the trick.
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silveredboy
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Time:2008-10-07 08:42 pm (UTC)
I have issues with my shoulder too. One of the coping mechanisms that I use is to put one of those little horseshoe neck pillows under my right hand (when I lie on my right side). This does a great deal to alleviate the pain in my shoulder, but doesn't totally eliminate it. A pillow is too big, but the notch in the horseshoe thing and placing my hand on the back of the neck roll, seems to work.

I don't know why I do this, but when I sleep on my side, I shove my shoulder up under my head, esp on the side where I have shoulder pain. It plumps up the pillow under my neck and makes it possible for me to extend my arm. It is not possible for me not to do this, and still be comfortable. This may also be a contributing factor.

FWIW, I have a tempurpedic mattress. I got the shoulder trouble when I had a water bed. And the mattress has helped my pain in a lot of ways, but not the shoulder stuff. The pillow you use may also be aggravating the situation. Something to think about...
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whipartist
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Time:2008-10-07 08:46 pm (UTC)
My current trick is two pillows under my head, and one under my upper body. I then sleep with my arm and shoulder between the two sets of pillows. I have like eight pillows of various types scattered around my bed, and I've tried various combinations of them.
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clutch_c
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Time:2008-10-07 08:56 pm (UTC)
My dad has similar problems with his shoulder and is unable to get comfortable sleeping on his back in a bed. He now sleeps in a recliner. It works well for him.
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greeklady
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Time:2008-10-07 11:03 pm (UTC)
Well my first question is this,

Are you sleeping with your arm up under your head? That will put me in a world of hurt, numbness and tingling. Ick.

That being said, kaiser recommended a shirt with a pocket that you can put a tennis ball or racquet ball in. That way when you roll on to that side, the ball will make it uncomfortable and make you roll back.

I sleep with two pillows in a ^ shape and a pillow under my knee's and I don't move all night.

Edited at 2008-10-07 11:06 pm (UTC)
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