Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience and a medical advice columnist for Newsmax Magazine. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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What Can Cause Night-Time Shoulder Pain?

Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013 06:04 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: My wife's been having pain in her right shoulder joint for a long time. It gets worse at night when she goes to bed and pain medicine doesn’t help much.

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Right shoulder pain worse at night often is referred from the neck. Pressure or inflammation of the nerves and nerve roots of the cervical spine is common with disc disease, injury, and arthritis. This pain often responds to medication.
 
Shoulder joint pain is most likely from osteoarthritis or bursitis of the shoulder, or even an osteoporotic fracture or rotator cuff strain.
 
I’d recommend an exam with her doctor and an X-ray, or possibly even an MRI of her cervical spine and shoulder.

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