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Pain in forearm on waking up, unable to straighten it. Taking ibuprofen, iced it. Treatment?

Hi, I woke up yesterday with moderate/severe pain in my forearm . I chalked it up to sleeping on it wrong (since I was fine before I went to bed). I took some ibuprofen and iced it but to no avail. My arm still hurts, particularly when I try to straighten it out. I can barely straighten it more than a 90 degree angle. Any suggestions?
Asked On : Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi Kerrybric,

This problem can be because of the muscular spasm which may occurred during sleeping. Sometime it happens that during sleep, because of some abnormal positioning, this can cause muscular spasm and when you got up in the morning you will feel pain in that part.

So, if this is a mucsular spasm and is really very painful than I would suggest you to consult your doctor for some pain killer with muscle spasm releiver and if the severity of pain is not that much than I suggest you to do hot fomentation of that part and don't try to over work with that arm. The best thing to fasten healing of muscle spasm is to give rest to that muscle.

Thanks and take care.
Answered: Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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Emergency Medicine Specialist Dr. R.A. Singh's  Response
Hi Kerrybric,
Thanks for writing your query.

You seems to be correct in your thinking that your pain is due to muscle spasm as a result of sleeping on your forearm.

You should not worry much. It will heal by itself in some hours.
Apply some pain relieving gel three to four tomes a day for relief of your symptoms.
You can take Ibuprofen after meals if the pain is severe.

Give rest to your arm till the pain subsides.

I hope this is helpful to you.
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