How can I improve my shoulder pain in the next few days?
June 11, 2012 8:33 PM Subscribe
I can't believe I'm wasting a question on this; but I think I have injured myself from studying. Help?
My MCAT is in 10 days, and I have been spending the better part of my summer studying for it. I spend most of the day staring at the large review books open on my desk, or my laptop. Lately my left back shoulder (possibly trapezius) either constantly dully aches or has a searing pain if I lift my arm a certain way or sleep on my side. I'm used to spending time studying, but maybe not this much concentrated sitting and looking at a downward angle. I use the pomodoro technique and I typically stand up and stretch during the breaks.
What can I do to get rid of this pain? Analgesics don't seem to do much, and a sock filled with warm beans just takes the edge off. Should I be elevating my laptop so it is at straight eye level? Should I be propping my giant books up instead keeping them on the desk? Would any gentle strength training make a difference in my posture in just a few days? I would use this as a good excuse for my husband to give me back rubs, but it hurts too much when the general area is touched.