I'm having some serious pain in both shoulders...prolonged pressure on them makes matters worse, so I have trouble sleeping as I can't lie flat on my back or sides. Some days my arms and shoulders are so bad that I can't raise my arms above the horiziontal position, and even getting them to that height ain't much fun.
I need something to keep most of the weight off my shoulders when I lie down. The best I can come up with is not to go to bed but sleep in my reclining chair. That way I can position a cushion at the the bottom of the chair back so the top of the cushion is level with the bottom of my shoulder blades. I then hang a pillow over the back of the chair 'til it lines up with the base of my neck. That way there is a gap between the bottom of the pillow and top of the cushion where my shoulder joints are positioned. This does somewhat ease the pressure on my shoulders, for a time anyway. Problem is the cushion tends to move and flatten after awhile and I wake up with pain and stiffness, and have difficulty re-positioning things. I've been thinking about replacing the cushion and trying a piece of high density foam, but exactly where I get this sort of stuff from I really don't know. It would have to be a certain thickness as well.
Cripes...RA sure does give rise to some fun'n games don't it!!
I've asked occupational therapy if there is some sort of aid to help but she was at a loss, so thought I 'd ask on here to see if someone can suggest something? Bit of a tall order, but you never know your luck.
Should add that I only recline the back of the chair a little to go to sleep as this helps keep the weight off my shoulders.