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Sleep-induced sternum injury?! What the hell?

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2007/06/14 16:59:26 (permalink)
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Sleep-induced sternum injury?! What the hell?

So, I was woken by my little lad crying in the wee hours last night, and as I came around to consciousness I had a strong sensation that my shoulders jerked back and inwards very suddenly and sharply. I then felt a tight band of pain around my chest - and thought I was having heart attack!

When I realised that the pain came and went depending on what position I lay in, I decided it was clearly skeleto-muscular in origin instead.

All day today, I have been experiencing sharp pain concentrated around my sternum when moving. Many movements cause this, but most particularly turning my head (left or right) to parallel with my shoulders, lifting my head from a lying position or tilting my head onto my shoulders, horizontal arm adduction movements (only sometimes), folding my arms, rounding my shoulders, taking too deep a breath, or coughing.

The pain feels like it's around my sternum (in the bone and the cartilage around it), and it radiates to some degree to the left side of my chest along my upper left pectoral.

There's no pain when I press or push directly against my sternum or ribs.

So... anyone any ideas what this is? How the hell could I injure myself whilst sleeping?!

Can't get to a doctor til Monday, so all ideas/amateur diagnoses welcome...
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    Roger Mellie
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    RE: Sleep-induced sternum injury?! What the hell? 2007/06/14 21:28:26 (permalink)
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    I get sternum pain all the time from sleeping position. It can give me an ache for a few hours, but is never that bad. Getting out of bed fast couldn't help though because your joints can be tight from being in the same kind of positions for a few hours. Reminds me of when my knee locked after I got out of bed suddenly.
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    mas30519
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    RE: Sleep-induced sternum injury?! What the hell? 2007/06/14 21:30:47 (permalink)
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    does anyone know what causes sternum pain, because I get it too sometimes
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    Strumpus
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    RE: Sleep-induced sternum injury?! What the hell? 2007/06/14 21:50:40 (permalink)
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    I think this is different to stiffness or joint locking, though. It's a very intense and sharp pain. It's not the same intensity as a broken rib for sure, but when it hits it's not a million miles away from that. It certainly takes my breath away when I make a movement that sets it off, and it's definitely still restricting my movement quite significantly.

    I can't believe it's anything serious, because I was asleep when it happened (!), but it does feel quite nasty.
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    Dan Nukem
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    RE: Sleep-induced sternum injury?! What the hell? 2007/06/14 23:12:46 (permalink)
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    I had this in the past.
    Turned out I had a bad flu and my lungs became infected and the doc said I had symptoms similar to severe asthma

    Check you don't have osopheogitis (sp?). Bascially acid reflux hasn't melted through your pipes. You will know if you try to eat, believe me.
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    Strumpus
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    RE: Sleep-induced sternum injury?! What the hell? 2007/06/14 23:21:54 (permalink)
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    No, eating is fine. Had a nice big haddock fillet and tatties for dinner with no discomfort.

    I will be haunted by thoughts of oesophagitis now, though. Acid reflux melting through yer oesophagus? Jeeeeez. That sounds like something out of Se7en or Saw!
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    RE: Sleep-induced sternum injury?! What the hell? 2007/06/14 23:30:13 (permalink)
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    Had you undertaken any strain that day? maybe it was postworkout pain,made worse by the way you slept?
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    RE: Sleep-induced sternum injury?! What the hell? 2007/06/14 23:37:38 (permalink)
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    Oddly enough, this is my rest week, after I decided I was feeling a bit burned out after hitting the same routine for a couple of months as hard as I could.

    I am a light sleeper, and I do toss and turn a bit, and it's also possible I was sleeping awkwardly on my right shoulder.

    I wasn't quite conscious, but it seemed as though my back muscles spasmed and pulled my shoulders back very suddenly, but I can't be sure. Still don't know what damage that would be likely to do. It's still hurting, though. If I turn my head or round my shoulders as I sit and type I can't helping letting out a little gasp at the sudden sharp pain.

    Hoping it doesn't keep me out of the gym into next week, as I'm raring to go again after almost a week off.
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    Dan Nukem
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    RE: Sleep-induced sternum injury?! What the hell? 2007/06/15 00:07:24 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: Strumpus

    I will be haunted by thoughts of oesophagitis now, though. Acid reflux melting through yer oesophagus? Jeeeeez. That sounds like something out of Se7en or Saw!

    I had it a long time ago, ate too much rich food before bed, lay down, acid came up and melted a hole in the oesophegus.

    Extremely painful, no food for several days, followed by yoghurts only for several days.
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    RE: Sleep-induced sternum injury?! What the hell? 2007/06/15 01:26:33 (permalink)
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    I often sleep on my shoulder as well. That sometimes gives me shoulder pain as well as sternum pain.
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    RE: Sleep-induced sternum injury?! What the hell? 2007/06/15 01:35:27 (permalink)
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    About 18 months ago the cable on my york multigym snapped while doing leg extensions with the full stack. Needless to say I got the full force of the metal bar right on the sternum Sometime hurts, usually when I move upwards from lying down.
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