When you are deciding whether to call the doctor about your knee pain, a good rule of thumb exists for most long-term knee injuries. If your symptoms have not gone away after trying a week of PRICE therapy and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain meds, you should set up an appointment with your doctor, physical therapist, or a sports medicine orthopaedic (bone and muscle) specialist to further evaluate the pain. This rule can also be applied to new knee injuries that are not disabling. Remember, however, that this rule should only serve as a guide. If you are concerned about the pain, you should call the doctor.
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!