Difficult to Turn Over in Bed
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Kent C Doan, MD

Kent C Doan, MD (Orthopedic Surgery)

Dr Doan Graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine and completed residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Colorado. He completed additional fellowship training in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the prestigious Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. He is a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in complex and revision knee and shoulder surgery at the Kansas City Orthopedic Institute. He also holds an assistant professorship at the University of Kansas City.

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD (Orthopedic Surgery)

Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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  • I can't turn over in bed on my own

  • Difficult to turn over in bed

  • Hard to turn over in bed

  • Problem turning in bed

  • Can't turn over in bed

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About the Symptom

This describes the difficulty to turn or roll over in bed which is due to decreased in mobility.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Neck pain / stiffness

  • Urinary incontinence

  • Impossible to walk normally

  • Numbness of the body

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

  • Dysphagia

  • Recent weight loss

  • Involuntary movements

  • Muscle weakness in the limbs

  • Difficulty breathing / breathlessness

Possible Causes

Generally, Difficult to turn over in bed can be related to:

  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy

    Spinal muscular atrophy is a group of genetic disorders where a person cannot control their muscle movement due to a loss of nerve cells in the spinal cord and brainstem. It causes muscle wasting and weakness.

  • Parkinson's Disease

    A progressive nervous system disorder affecting movement. It occurs due to nerve cell damage in the brain. The exact cause for PD is unknown. Risk factors include genetics, male gender, old age, and exposure to certain toxins and environmental factors.

  • Cervical Spondylosis

    A condition in which the neck bones (cervical spine) become damaged due to wear and tear. Risk factors include long periods of desk work and driving, previous neck injuries, and aging.

  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Lumbar Vertebrae Disk Herniation
  • Lumbar Spondylosis
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
  • Diabetic Neuropathy

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Difficult to turn over in bed may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Cervical Cord Injury

    Injury to the spinal cord at the neck level, often caused by falls or accidents.

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Do you struggle turning over in bed by yourself?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have headaches or a heavy feeling in your head?

  • Do you struggle to focus or feel less aware of your surroundings?

  • Do you feel any numbness or altered sensation?

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Reviewed By:

Kent C Doan, MD

Kent C Doan, MD (Orthopedic Surgery)

Dr Doan Graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine and completed residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Colorado. He completed additional fellowship training in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the prestigious Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. He is a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in complex and revision knee and shoulder surgery at the Kansas City Orthopedic Institute. He also holds an assistant professorship at the University of Kansas City.

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD (Orthopedic Surgery)

Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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