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Q: Strong chest pains while lying down or sleeping. What is it?

I am 30 years old.  For the past year or so, I  have been having what I can only describe as "attacks".  Approximately, 1 or more times a week and they last about 5-15 minutes.  They commonly occur while laying down or sleeping (usually early morning). It's such a deep deep pain.  If anyone saw me having one, they would describe me as out of breath.  However, I'm just trying to regain my strength.  It feels as though a 400 pound man is stepping on my sternum.  I also occasionally, (but not as often) have heart palpitations.  As a child, I had a heart murmur.  I am guilty of not making a doctor appointment b/c I'm haven't found a general physician yet, but I will do very soon.  In the meantime, does this parallel any certain disease?   

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Leslie Lafayette, Health Guide
9/ 8/11 1:42pm

Hello, Helen :)  It does not surprise me at all to learn you have a heart murmur. At your young age, and with such a deep pain and palpitations in certain positions (you note lying down) this would seem to indicate Mitral Valve Prolapse. Many young women have this condition and it can contribute to palpitations, chest pains, anxiety, even breathlessness. However, your first step should be to visit your physician to discuss the symptoms with him or her, and perhaps a cardiologist. Pain that only occurs in one position is usually not indicative of a heart attack, but please have this checked out. MVP is a condition you should be aware of. Best of luck!

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charlesb, Community Member
8/ 2/13 12:28am

I to hurt so bad around the left part of my heart when i lay down at night. It scares me so bad that i think its going to be my last night. Ive even waken up gasping for air. If anyone knows whats wrong with me Please let me know . charlesncamden@gmail.co.

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catina blue, Community Member
6/16/14 2:00am

hi i am catina i have pain lying down to and i have it when i am walking i cough and feel shortness of breath had 2 years i feel something in my lungs feel swollen i think its astma i have symptoms of astma complications

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James Axe, Community Member
6/23/08 7:56am

Hello,I wouldnt mess around with this,I have the same problems at times during my sleep i get severe chest pains up the right side of my heart at times the whole way up to my neck and 1 time into my jaw so severe it made me yell,these episodes wake me up at night out of my sleep,but during the day I get periods of chest pains,in the bottom and around the left side into my arm pit and into my arm.I was diaganosed years ago with cardio-myapathy,enlarged heart and possible mild heart attack,my VA DR.has ignored everything,so im going to a Heart Doctor outside the vA on july 2,I get dizzy spells,heart pounding thru my chest walking up 14 steps at times,blood pressure drops Very low then will go back up later on.I would get to a Heart DR.Immediately.Jim

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mss, Community Member
4/29/10 6:01am

Hello, the same thing has happened to me a few times. It happened just before actually. In my dream I have the sharpest chest pain more towards the right side of my chest. The pain is unbearable and then when i wake up it lasts only a few seconds and then it goes away! 

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Pam, Community Member
1/12/13 12:49am
Hi my husband has c o p d for months now he has these attacks which wake him up every night it looks like he is having a heart attack the last three days they are more frequent and stronger any one help Reply
giggles, Community Member
4/ 2/11 5:08pm

well ihave a question since uhad pain sin chest while laying down.mymom has pain in chest when shes lying down and tightness in her chest   also shes has the same pains in here stomach she thinks its heartburn can u please response back thanks  tam

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buick70, Community Member
8/31/11 2:42pm

I have had this symptom for years now (I am 34 years old). It almost always happens when I am resting, not active. Sometimes it wakes me from sleep; a powerful ache in my jaw, down my neck, and into my chest. It is VERY frightning, and will last for 5-10 minutes if I don't drink water.

I saw a cardiologist years ago and they found nothing wrong. I have no health insurance now, so I have not been back for further checks.

However, I have found that drinking a few swallows of water, will make the pain go away within seconds. See if this works for you, at least until you figure out the cause.

 

I have no idea what this condition could be. I eat healthy and I excersise regularly. I have always been physically fit. I think that stress may be one of the triggers, but this is hard to confirm. Stress comes and goes, and there's no way to measure it.

I have simply learned to live with it for almost 10 years now.



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Madge, Community Member
9/12/11 10:46am

Buick70, I get the same thing as you! A sharp ache beginning in my jaw or under my ear, that goes down my neck and into my upper chest. It's quite painful and will last quite awhile unless I drink water.  I've had this happen while on a heart monitor and nothing abnormal showed up. Have had other tests too, and doctors have no idea why I get this. And I've had this since the mid 1980's.  I just carry some water everywhere I go because without it, this really hurts and is scary.

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renee, Community Member
9/26/11 8:49am

I have been dealing with this for about 2 years now.  It got really bad 3 weeks ago that I took myself to emergency room.  wanst having the pain at arrival, so heart monitors didnt show anything.  Had an episode during night, but ended before they could hook me up to a heart monitor.  Next morning during a stress test, i had an attack, rushed to bigger hospital, had cardiac cath done and found no blockages.  was then diagnosed with coronary vasospams.  after being released, had  2 more attacks, went back to bigger hospital and got an internist involved.  Did a barium swallow test and now Have been diagnosed with esphageal spasms.  both spasms have the exact same symptoms.  ask your doctor about both.  hope this helps. 

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Rudy, Community Member
11/23/11 8:31am

could be a salivary gland issue.  my daughter woke up one morning with jaw/ear pain and a little swelling around her ear/jaw.  the doc's instructions - drink lots of water and eat sour candy to stimulate the gland to work and flush itself out...  worked.

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MIke, Community Member
11/ 8/11 5:37pm

I have the same problem but it only has happened a couple of times. second time it happened i went to the ER and after test and test they found nothing and just gave me a proscription for morphine. For the rest of the day im tired and I feel like my inner chest feels sore. Water did help me a lot a “V8” helped more don’t know why. im 26 and had my gallbladder removed; do to a stone. Hope this may help you or anybody that suffers with this.

 

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AmiAnn0, Community Member
11/20/11 5:12pm

I have been experiencing the same thing.  A few weeks ago, I woke up in extreme pain like something was stuck, no matter how I moved, it hurts and would not stop.  I know it was something muscluar.  I finally was able to lie on my right side, heart side up, and did not move.. by 9am, presto, gone.  Since then, I seem to get these heart hurts, feels bruised or sore.  Only on certain moves, and sometimes deep breathes.. I feel it coming on now.. and try to rest.. but hard to do.  I also have had my gallbladder removed, 38 gallstones.  I also have mastocytosis, and this could be related?  I have not had this checked, I probably should, but I think it's some sort of imflammation, pluracy or something. 

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renee, Community Member
11/25/11 9:18am

Please!  check into Cardiac Vasospasms or Esphagagus spasms.  Both hurt and feel like a heart attack. My symptoms were always at rest.  Strong pain in the middle of my chest and nothing would help.  Once diagnosed with both of these, the meds i'm on have not had anymore problems.  The cardiac vasospams could be deadly without treatment, could lead to heart attack.  Please check with your doctor on both of these. Vasospasms are most common in women. Good luck, and I hope this helped!

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Chrisned123, Community Member
5/21/14 3:37pm
Hi I have gotten sharp pain in the center of my chest when doing nothing b4 and it scares me:( the cardiologist has checked me a few times and finds nothing. He says it's not cardiac thank God. Im wondering if it's esophegeal spasms. I've had my gall bladder out and when I get them they are sharp right directly in the center in a small area. Is that what yours are like and what is the names of the medications they put you on. Thanks, Chris Reply
renee, Community Member
11/25/11 9:19am

Please!  check into Cardiac Vasospasms or Esphagagus spasms.  Both hurt and feel like a heart attack. My symptoms were always at rest.  Strong pain in the middle of my chest and nothing would help.  Once diagnosed with both of these, the meds i'm on have not had anymore problems.  The cardiac vasospams could be deadly without treatment, could lead to heart attack.  Please check with your doctor on both of these. Vasospasms are most common in women. Good luck, and I hope this helped!

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AmiAnn0, Community Member
11/20/11 5:12pm

I have been experiencing the same thing.  A few weeks ago, I woke up in extreme pain like something was stuck, no matter how I moved, it hurts and would not stop.  I know it was something muscluar.  I finally was able to lie on my right side, heart side up, and did not move.. by 9am, presto, gone.  Since then, I seem to get these heart hurts, feels bruised or sore.  Only on certain moves, and sometimes deep breathes.. I feel it coming on now.. and try to rest.. but hard to do.  I also have had my gallbladder removed, 38 gallstones.  I also have mastocytosis, and this could be related?  I have not had this checked, I probably should, but I think it's some sort of imflammation, pluracy or something. 

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Paul, Community Member
2/14/13 10:05am

Hi, this sounds exactly like what i have and i believe it is an esophageal spasm. However, it happens so infrequently for me that I cannot get it officially diagnosed.

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Donna Ridenhour, Community Member
4/ 4/13 1:00pm

My mom has the same symtoms.  she is in the hospital they opened one of her main arteries.  She has two other artieries the Dr. can not open.  My mom has had the same paid just at night they are giving her Nitro pills to take once she takes them the pain is gone.  Dr does not uderstand why this is happening.  Did you ever find out what is happening?  please let me know.  my number is 707 322 2924 or email me your response to dride18576@yahoo.com please cc my husband at kride18576@yahoo.com

 

Thank you

Donna Ridenhour

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Sue, Community Member
6/24/08 9:48pm

Thanks so much for posting.  It really is crucial you seek a doctor out to be examined and evaluated.  If you are having trouble finding a doctor, you migh tconsider seeking out an urgent care facility who could run preliminary test and make recommendations as to where to go afterwards.

 

You amy also want to check your symptoms with some of those we have listed as heart disease related issues.

 

Hope this helps, sue

 

 

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stacey ritchie, Community Member
11/11/11 9:55am

recently, i was hit several times in the middle of my back and since this happened i have had mild, to strong, to truly severe pains centered in my chest and spreading down into my arms and upt into my jaw-line.  it feels like something is squeezing me.  any thoughts/

 

 

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Sue, Community Member
6/24/08 9:50pm

hello again.  on further review of the site I found this and thought you woudl like to see it.

 

Chest Pain

New onset chest pain always requires evaluation by your doctor. If the pain is severe, you should seek immediate medical care.

Even if the chest pain is not severe, emergency care is needed if the chest pain is crushing or squeezing or is accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms

  • shortness of breath

  • discomfort or tingling in the arms, especially the left arm

  • pain in the back

  • tightness or pain in the lower jaw

  • profuse sweating

  • lightheadedness or loss of consciousness.

 

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mcwise50, Community Member
2/22/09 8:14am

I have been having similiar symptoms off and on for about 3 years now. Right around the time of sleep onset I am awoken by intense chest pain. For me it lasts about 10-15 seconds and resolves when I fully awake. Has anyone experienced something like this and received a disagnosis?

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marie, Community Member
11/24/09 4:07am

I have similar problem for at least 1 year.  Sharp pain in the middle of chest area which then radiates to the back. Often in the night while sleeping but strange enough often after a few sips of water, it disappears. I have been for tests, such as xray of the lungs, gallstones, ultrasound of the abdomen, endoscopy, but nothing was found. However I will be seeing my doc to find out more what else can be done.

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miro malish, Community Member
4/ 6/11 11:46am

I seem to recal while reading through the most comprehensive text on the subject, that there is a muscle (sorry I forget which) that will refer pain in this way.  The kind of thing I am refering to is called a Trigger Point and is a local pathological condition of a muscle fibre.  You may find more information by speaking with a knowledgeable massage therapist, like at a teaching clinic and/or looking it up in the Trigger Point Manual by Travel.  My memories is saying it is a back muscle that is close to the ribs like serratus posterior.  If it is it is a challenge to get the treament for it as  it is underneath the scapula most of the time.  Just a thought of a possible alternative to some of the things that have been investigated so far. 

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marie, Community Member
4/ 6/11 1:10pm

After underwent tests, it took nearly three years to diagnosed me.  I have a non-cardic chest pain known as Achalasia. There is an operation (myotomy) but it has not proven success. I attend a monthly support group for this rare disorder. Thanks for your advice. I might try to have accupuncture, etc.

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Dixie, Community Member
3/ 8/12 4:04pm
I had the surgery 3 years ago by a dr Hugh brunette at baptist hospital in little rock Arkansas. It was a complete success. It got so bad I could no longer eat solid foods. This surgery does work. I am living proof. I can eat what ever I want now. Reply
Foxy, Community Member
6/12/11 10:42pm
Hi, I have been experiencing chest pain on my left side when I'm laying or sleeping on my left side. It us under my heart right under my left breast and feels like it goes around the put side of my ribs. I awake up feeling tight and like my side is being crushed. Not my chest though, more my ribs and shoulder blade. When I try to move it is very painful for a few minutes and then once I have moved it goes away completely. At first I thought about a heart condition or broken ribs, as this pain started right after I had given birth to my second child. The doctor says it's not my heart and sent me for a xray which ruled out ribs. Doc says it is unusual but likely to be a trapped nerve in my spine which referes the pain around to the front of the ribs it is next to. It's very weird and apparently there isn't much that can be done about it as massage or physio can actually make this problem worse. Any idea? Kate Reply
Michele, Community Member
6/29/11 12:47pm

Hi That it so uncanny.  I have been trying to figure this out for 19 years.  Shortly after giving birth to my only child I awoke with a terrible sharp pain in my left chest just under my left breast.  It was so severe I could barely breath but as soon as I sat up the pain was gone within just a few seconds.  I have had it on a fairly regular basis ever since.  It happens sometimes once a month and sometimes as nuch as nightly for up to a week.  It varies.  I have never thought it had anything to do with my heart it just feels to superficial for that.  Anything related to my heart I believe would feel deeper in my chest, where as this seems like it is in my chest wall.  I thought at first I must have pulled a muscle when I was giving birth but obviously since it has continued so long that was not the case.  It happens almost always when I am sleeping on my left side and leaves my chest and breast sore throughout the next couple of days after an episode.  I have mentioned it to various physicians over the years and no one has been able to give me any sort of explanation.  Although over the years I have noticed the episodes do increase in frequency during times of increased stress in my life. 

Michele

 

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jerry yang, Community Member
12/29/11 3:04am

hi ,i had same pain these days,can't sleep ,and can't brithy deep.but just last a few seconds first several days.then then pain last long time ,about 10hours. i have no own doctore,no enough money to see doctores. i lost. 

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jerry yang, Community Member
12/29/11 3:07am

hi ,i had same pain these days,can't sleep ,and can't brithy deep.but just last a few seconds first several days.then then pain last long time ,about 10hours. i have no own doctore,no enough money to see doctores. i lost. 

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MB- MD, Community Member
1/16/12 10:12pm

Hmmm, Miro I disagree. I find that if you are a Massage Therapist, you will view from your training and then to the limits of your training. If you are a Neurologist, the same, you will follow nerve roots, disc issues and radiculopathy. If you are a Cardioligist you will chase chest pain to the point of ridiculous. First ruling out angina sources, possible infarcts, then cardiac artery narrowing,then electrical or conductive issues of the heart, ie pacing or  congentital issues and diseases such as Cardiac Myoapathy. A gastric specialist will look for reasons for referred pain

through the chest from the gastric system caused by a myriad of disorders, some emulating cardiac symptoms so well that cardiac treatment often begins in an emergency, eg. Esophageal achalasia. So in short Massage Therapy is a low level

beginning to any diagnostic issue concerning chest pain. Massage Therapist should AVOID mission creep into credentials beyond their scope of training. Point that clieant patient immediately to an emergency room or a physician.

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miro malish, Community Member
1/16/12 11:07pm

Well, I think you may be taking my post out of context.  The problem arises that some find themselves going from the emergency ward without having any sense that anyone has any clue as to what could have been the cause for their chest pain.  I was simply adding in, for those who are continueing the their journey to discover what it is that is going on.  The reason that actually brought me onto this site to post such a comment so very long ago now, was that my girlfriend was waking in the night with severe chest pain and running off to the hospital where no one could tell her what happened.  There could be any number of things but chest pain as you suggest is not something one takes lightly.  After ruling out the more severe issues, finding out what may be causing the discomfort is itself comforting.  I am suggesting that there is a muscle that is known to refer pain to the chest around the area of the heart, which might be news to some and yes even Doctors.

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miro malish, Community Member
1/16/12 11:34pm

Actually, MB. I am not sure exactly what it is your disagreeing with.  I have left the profession on sabatical of a kind some time ago.  I think what you are refering to here is not about being helpful on a message board, but of having some kind of issue with proprietory license. 

 

"Massage Therapist should AVOID mission creep into credentials beyond their scope of training. Point that clieant patient immediately to an emergency room or a physician"

 

This I believe sums up your statement.

 

  There seems to be this erroneous basis in health care, and many other professions, that if one has the intelligence and capacity then one would have sought out the appropriate credentials for their cast.  Training and experience are things that colleges only try to encapsulate, but real life offers such a bounty far beyond such lines that any intelligent observor and researcher may cross.  Science, actually is about methodology and anyone has the right to participate.  leaving the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario means that I no longer require to adhere and be bound to the persona of which being part of a college requires.  For those reading let it be known that professional colleges require things of their memberships whereby some rights necessariy are discarded when taking on the legal persona of the college.  The posting here is in reference not to my posting but to my right to say it, under the heading of "scope of practice" 

 

With the medical industry coming up with computers that will diagnose illness, all the while preaching that their brand of healthcare is not a kind of recipe book i can see why they might feel threatened.

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Audrey, Community Member
12/ 1/10 1:55pm

I have been having this, off and on. For weeks, then nothing for days:  As I am beginning to go to sleep, in the half-sleep place, I am shocked awake by intense pain in the center of my chest and I think I was unable to breathe, I was choking. It can be TERRIFYING sometimes. This ALWAYS happens if I sleep on my back so I do not, but this year when sleeping on either side it still happens. My doctor had my heart checked, ultrasound, but that was in the middle of the day when it never happens.  Then she put me on a GERD drug...this helped for a while, and I'm still on it, but I still get this pain, it seemed to move the pain up higher in my chest.  It's as if a giant hand is squeezing my heart and I awaken choking, terrified. 

 

I pain like this a symptom of sleep apnea?  What have others found?

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SgtStriker, Community Member
2/ 4/11 7:30pm

This response is so late that you may not see it, but, one thing that may be a cause of your pain is esophgeal spasm.  I know because I have been having them for years.  The pain is intense but fortunately short lived.

 

I have had some of these that were so bad that, even though I know that they are not heart attacks, I feel the need to go to the emergency room.  Although I never have.

 

I'm NOT a doctor, but essentially, if it's a sharp pain that doesn't radiate anywhere, and there are no other symptoms. i.e. nausea, vomiting, sweating, etc., I write it off as one of these and grit my teeth til it goes away.

 

I have been told that there is a relationship to GERD.  I've also been prescribed Levsin to take sublingually.  Usually the pains don't last long enough for the Levsin to kick in so I just don't bother with them.

 

Ask your doctor about esophogeal spasms......  Hope this helps somebody....

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jerushaedwards, Community Member
2/12/13 2:19pm

I don't know what it is; I have also a problem that I don't know the cause of, but please do not neglect to pray.  Pray to the God that made the world, who speaks through the Bible, and through his Son Jesus who knows all these things going on inside us, and the even deeper issues of the sin that we need to be set free from.  Please pray, and yes, see a doctor.  But God is mighty, and he can use things like this just to get our attention, remind us that we are mortal, and to call us to seek him!  If we have him, and his mercy through Jesus (our sin and punishment bearer); then whatever happens to our bodies, (as someday we will die) we will have the promise of eternal life with him, and when he comes again to judge the world he will give his people new bodies that will never be sick or sinful.  God bless you.  You know this is not irrelevant to any one of these posts here.  We all need a solution and cure that goes beyond health and comfort!  God who made us is the one we need most.  May your doctor be wise and help you get better so you may live long to serve the Lord!  (You may know and agree with these things, or hate me for saying them.  I mean no offence.  I hope you are well, in every way.)

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mcwise50, Community Member
12/ 1/10 3:55pm

I never officially received a diagnosis but these symptoms have gone away. The doctor suspected it might have been a "hard start" that happens when you awake suddenly from sleep which is possible but it was the symptom itself that woke me up. I suspect it might have been a palpitation, like a PVC that occurred while sleeping. I'm not sure but I am glad that this has not happened in a while.

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Sue, Community Member
2/28/09 10:40pm

This does not sound like something you should mess with. you need to see a doctor. Any chest pain that last more then a few seconds even could be trouble. I would rather find out that it is nothing then to take a chance and have a heart attack. I don't want to give you false hope but it could also be hiatal hernia. It tool causes chest pain. It too can cause chest pains up to 30 minutes. The best way is not to guess but to ask a doctor. That way they can make the right diagnoses and then the right treatment. Please don't wait long. Take care, I hope this helped, Sue

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Dave, Community Member
6/15/09 8:28pm

I started having this just 4 days ago.  Last nite I checked myself into a hospital and told the docs about all the symptoms, cold sweats, chest pain only when lying down, tingling and numbness of my left fingers, shortness of breathe.  I also told the doctors that it goes away if I get up off the bed and stand up and start pacing around.  It only happens when I lay down in bed.  The doctor made a lot of sense.  It can't be a heart attack or a heart disease solely because a heart attack and heart disease don't just go away or stops happening simply because a person is standing up. Heart attack strikes people when they're standing too.  If you went to see a doctor and had your blood work done, the doc should find that we all have extremely high triglyceride levels in our blood.  The average person should be 150-200, but mine was 635.  High triglyceride over a long period of time, if left untreated, will develope into a full blown heart disease.  Luckily for me, I only had this issue the past week or so.  I was prescribed gemfibrozil and I've started taking it, along with a new regiment of a strict diet and exercise and the whole chest pain issue will go away in time, not over night.  Hope this helps some of you.

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roadrunner, Community Member
8/19/09 3:08pm

I have this too, and was wondering what it was.  It only happens occasionally, and always while I'm sleeping.  I wake up with a tightness, or pain in my chest, and it takes about 5 minutes or so for it to go away.  This never happens while I'm awake, and has been going on for approximately 18 years.  If you hear anything, please let me know.  Thanks!

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Ashley M, Community Member
10/26/09 10:19pm

I have had this pain for a few years already. Everytime I lay on my back though, is when it starts. feels like a heavy person sitting on my chest. Even when I roll over it will still stay there until I get up and take a few deep breaths. But once it comes I keep getting it. I just had surgery and having to lay on my back has been killing me. I would really like answers. So im heading in to see a specialist shortly!

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bob, Community Member
11/24/09 3:08pm

What I get sounds exactly like what roadrunner gets.  I've noticed it for a few 2-5 years.  It seems like some kind of sleep apnea, sometimes I'll have a dream that gets more intense (involving physical activity) then I wake up with my heart pumping hard.  Other times I just wake up (without anything noticeable in my dream) and my heart feels sore (and I can barely feel it beating).  After a few minutes awake it goes away.  I went to the doctor and have slept with the EKG three times and 24 hour blood pressure monitoring once.  None have shown anything significant (I sleep more lightly when wearing them), and when I wore the EKG while running it was also fine, so my heart/blood are fine when I'm awake.  I worry that my crappy bed, which forces me to sleep on my back is causing occasional apnea.  It's more likely to occur on days when I drink alcohol, and I'm wondering if days when I eat shortly before bed increases the liklihood of it happening.  Does anyone know what's going on? and how to fix it?  the cardiologist didn't find anything significant, the next step would be a sleep study, but if I barely sleep during that then it probably wouldn't occur anyway.

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roadrunner, Community Member
11/24/09 5:54pm

Yes, it sounds like we have the same thing.  I wish I had some answers.  Stress related?  Sleep Apnea?  Bad dreams?  Eating too late?  Maybe it is something like that.  Let me know if you discover anything.

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Cheryl, Community Member
12/18/09 6:40am

I have kept a journal on this for the past year. Have had it 8-10 years. I'm 30. Female. I have a pain in my left chest and sternum. It feels like my organs are swollen and my bones are grinding and stabbing it. I haven't seen any patterns with alcohol use or when or what I eat. I eat healthy. The pain goes away after I get up and walk around for 15 minutes. That would make sense if I ate before bed but I don't. I am beginning to think of going to a sleep doctor. I know there is something wrong.

 

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Cheryl, Community Member
12/18/09 6:59am

I didn't mention I've been to a heart specialist multiple times and the E.R. No answers. I can research a lot faster than they care. 

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tauqeer, Community Member
8/ 9/11 5:02am

i also have the pain at bottom of the left chest frm 5 yrs.iam 20.male.i hav this pain dealy when i sleep and i cant sleep more than 6 hours because the pain starts getting worse.when i wake up the pain does not completly go away but it is not as swear as when iam sleeping.Before it used to go away completly when i woke up.but now it dont.can some1 help plz

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glen1929hiking, Community Member
11/ 6/11 11:32pm

Since I was roughly eight years old occasionally, every few months, I had intense and sudden chest deep ache, it becomes truly too much.  Luckily I found that it stopped when I stood up for a while.  It came and went over the years, and I was told it was 'growing pains'.  It is not.  It just happened again two nights ago and it was identical.  It feels a lot like what a person describes in a heart attack, but no effects in my arms, or shortness of breath really.  Its like 'chest arthritis', which it also is not.  It takes about thirty seconds of standing to bring the pain way down, and staying that way in order to watch television.  I check by sitting down during commericals or whatever and usually I'm right back standing up in a minute or three.  Then I wont see it again for months or more.  Happens sometimes a few times in a week or month.  Being a psychologist I also noticed when I tried to modify my breathing in anyway to alleve the pain it only got much worse.  It seems like a psyho-somatic thing but every time I think about the chest pain it gets significantly worse, perhaps related to the controlling of breathing eliciting pain too.  Who knows.  An M.D. would be great on here, so would having insurance, haha.

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Annachestnut, Community Member
12/30/09 8:32am

I just had chest pains last night.  They woke me up and took about five minutes to go away.  I have had these pains all my life (I am nearly 55) but before last night, have not had them recently.  My heart is in GREAT shape (LDL, HDL and visualizations not too long ago).  I believe these pains to be stress induced.

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roadrunner, Community Member
11/24/09 5:54pm

Yes, it sounds like we have the same thing.  I wish I had some answers.  Stress related?  Sleep Apnea?  Bad dreams?  Eating too late?  Maybe it is something like that.  Let me know if you discover anything.

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john doe, Community Member
12/15/09 12:55pm

First and formost, everyone shold go to their doctor ASAP!   I've noticed it for a few 2-3 years. I believe I have sleep apnea. I used to sleep on my left side, religiously, all of my life. I started noticing sharp pains in my chest (and my heart pounding) when doing so. From that point forward I've had to sleep on my right side or on my back. Around this same time I started to wake up because my heart was pounding hard.  Most of the time this is accompanied by me gasping for air. This only happens when I lay down to go to sleep. It is scary and it hurts. My main problem is I dont have medical benefits. So, in researching possible causes I came to the conclusion that I most likely have sleep apnea.

 

Looking into sleep apnea I found the two top contributors are being over weight and consuming too much alcohol. When I don't drink I sleep better, plain and simple. When I do drink I have sleep problems for up to two days afterwords. I'm talking a little more then just a glass of wine.

 

 Solution: I started training for a marathon. I eat ground flax seed with breakfast every morning. Now I don't drink as much and I've lost 25lbs. I still have the symptoms sometimes, but not nearly as much. I still cant sleep on my left side without sharp pain. Its still scary at times. But, I ran 15 miles this past Saturday. If I had heart disease its likely I wouldn't be here to post this, right?     I'm starting a new job with medical benefits next month and my first line of business with be to get this checked out.

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charliek77, Community Member
11/19/09 9:27am

Hello, did you ever find out what this was? I am 32 and this has happened to me twice in the past 2 weeks. I am making a doc appointment but in doing preliminary research found your description. 

 

Thanks

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Cmh1377, Community Member
1/ 7/10 3:04pm

No, I haven't found out what this is yet.  I wrote this over 2 years ago and since then I went to the doctors and they told me it may have been a panic attack.  I adamantly disagree with this.  I never heard of someone having multiple panic attacks in a week!  I understand that a panic attack has similar symptoms to a heart attack, but I can assure you, this is no panic attack.  However, since then, I have lost 30 lbs and cut down on the red wine and I must say, I believe this has helped as the "attacks" only come once every 3 or 4 months as opposed to several times a week!  In retrospect, I do wonder if this had anything to do with my previous red wine consumption.  May sound weird, but they seemed to occur more often when I drank.  

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charliek77, Community Member
1/ 7/10 3:20pm

This is so interesting. I am a big red wine drinker, having 2 or 3 glasses every night. It looks like I will be doing an experiment soon! 

 

I went to the doctor and they gave me an EKG and when the results came back all clear, they diagnosed me with panic attacks too. I, too, have increased my exercise and take a 1/4 of xanax when I have chest pain. Management. 

 

Are you a female? Another doctor told me that it this is very common among women when they are about to get their periods and has nothing to do with anxiety. 

I wish you luck and thank you so much for writing back. 

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Lisa, Community Member
10/26/10 2:25am

I had this same problem and it was finally diagnosed as GERD, which is basically acid reflux. Some people experience it as heartburn but I never did and I experienced it as panic attacks instead. What happens is that when you lay down, stomach acid backs up into your throat where it doesn't belong. The body feels acid burning the tissues and has a fight or flight response which basically is a panic attack, except that you cna get one every night. Getting back out of bed helps because when you're not laying down, the acid is no longer backing up into your throat. Losing weight is also known to help a lot with GERD. Stopping alcohol consumption helps GERD too.

 

I didn't believe GERD was the cause of my bedtime panic attacks, which I always worried were heart attacks, but my doctor prescribed a GERD medicine for me and my panic attacks stopped, so he was right! Might be the same for you.

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Helen Roach, Community Member
9/ 8/11 10:09am

I don't drink and I have mine when I am sleeping, when I am driving my car,when I am watching a movie...so it seems to be when i am at rest that I have it.   I have been having them on and of (maybe 3 or 4 times a week) for the past few years and 4 months ago I took a severe one and ended up in emerge by ambulance but was told that I didn't have a heart attack.  I failed a stress test and than had a mibi test (another type of stress test) and I again failed the threadmill part of the test but passed the resting part of it.  They believe it has something to do with the muscles around the heart or damage to the wall of the heart.  My appointment with the cardoligist got cancelled lst week so I am now waiting for a call to have my appt. rescheduled and hopefully can find out where to go from here.  My pain is in the left breast and radiates to the left side of the breast and under the arm and it is not nice at all.  sometimes it lasts for 5 or 10 minutes but can last up to half hour..I will post again if I get a diagnosis

 

 

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jc, Community Member
5/10/11 12:31pm

I get the same thing. It sounds like Gerd and or gallbladdder attacks. Alchohol or fattyfoods is a trigger for me. I have to really monitor my diet for quite a few days before it cools down. I know how much it hurts and there is no doubt it could resemble a panic atttack. there is a natural heartburn powder I take that stops the symptoms for me right away, made by vital nutrients. Every one is case specific but this is my story.

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eileen, Community Member
12/29/09 7:12pm

I have no idea what this is.I get the same exact thing.I have asked the doctor and she told me it was pannic attack. But she never checked me for anything. If you do find out what this is please let me know.

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newby, Community Member
1/ 7/10 7:43am

I, too experience very strong pain in my chest if I sleep on my left side.  I'm thirty-three years old, and weigh only 110 pounds.  I've never experienced the symptoms while sleeping on my back or right side.  The intense pain will wake me up.  I'll have to lift my body with my arms (without using my chest muscles) to turn myself over.  Then the pain gradually goes away over a few minutes time.  I did tell  my doctor about this problem a few years ago.  His response was, "then don't sleep on your left side". That reply made me think it wasn't a big deal... but with it still happening every time I wander to my left side while sleeping, it's beginning to worry me.

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Daffodil70, Community Member
1/14/10 12:36pm

I too have chest pain, right in middle especially turning over in bed, more from left to right.  It grabs me and literally forces me as quick as possible to stop in my tracks, get up on my elbows and get back on left side. Then when I get up for the day, if I jolt myself in any way or turn in certain directions, there is that sharp pain again.  I feel pressure most all the time, walk kinda drawn over, and this isn't new but has happened as far back as 30 yrs. ago, coming and going.  I am wondering if it is spine related crushing on my lungs or chest.  I do have a curved spine (scolosis and kyphosis), have had all kinds of heart x-rays in past.  I take Toprol and Avapro(one for slowing down heart).  My Chloresterol is now normal from meds, have had hiatal hernia surgery, all that is fine.  Am too discouraged to go back to heart Dr. cause it may be something else. They did say I had a leaky valve, but Dr. said most everybody has leaky valves, not to be concerned.  He is supposed to be very good.  Any idea out there? 

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Julie87, Community Member
1/13/10 4:49pm

I HAVE A QUESTION!!

 

I'm a 22 year old female and I've noticed the past two years I've occasionally had sharp pains in my chest whenever I sit down from standing or lay down, its a throbbing pain that last sometimes a few seconds, sometimes a minute plus. Just for a little history, my father passed away from a heart attack when he was 40 years old. Also, when I was a teenager (14-17 yrs old) I used to experience very bad panic attacks but never have I had to go through that since I was 17 again. I used to smoke cigarettes but recently quit, why am I getting this THROB THROB THROBBING pain whenever I sit down or lay down, when I get up it goes away I don't understand, someone have any ideas?

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Julie87, Community Member
1/13/10 5:07pm

ALSO: wanted to add that i have constant pain whenever I breathe in deeply. This happens every couple months not everyday but this pain I have doesn't go away for a few days. I've occasionally had problems breathing ever since I was little, when I was 5-10 I used to complain to my mother I had trouble breathing but that stopped. Finally, all the doctors suggested to me was that I have asthma and gave me a ADVAIR. I never use the advair i was prescribed it when I was 17 during the last periods of my panic attacks, I don't have shortness of breath or anything like that so I don't feel the need to take it. The more I sit here and think about it the more I have a feeling I might have a heart condition that may have been overlooked my whole life. Any suggestions on where I should go or if anyone has experienced what I am. Again the pain is there when I breathe deeply, sit down from standing, or lay down and it eventually stops pounding or is relieved when I get up. I am an ex smoker of 6 years I am only 22.

Anything helps, thank you!

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Amy, Community Member
3/20/10 11:53pm
Hi,I'm female aged 20 and have been experiencing severe chest pains and palpitations.Although I have suffered these symptoms in the past they have not yet been quite this bad.I'm find I have to keep my chest elevated to keep the pain at bay,also my right arm feels numb,almost a throbbing sensation.I am a smoker,however I am generally healthy.I like to think! I am a sufferer of panic attacks,however the symptoms I am now experiencing are somewhat different to those of a panic attack (from my experience) I am growing more and more worried :( I fear seeking medical help/advice as past trips to the ER have left both the doctor nd myself scratching our heads,or they have simply dismissed that these pains could be anything serious.I feel myself that these are warning signs pointing to something serious.Simply breathing is a difficult task,help please any advice would be very much appreciated.thankyou :) Reply
BunnyNC, Community Member
6/ 9/10 2:53am

I've experienced something similar for several years.  After lots of testing, turns out it is esophogeal spasms.  The pain is so sharp at times and radiates from my chest up through my neck and into the jaw.  It feels like everything is just seizing up and is so tight and painful.  Usually lasts less than half an hour.

 

My husband nearly called 911 a couple of times before we knew what it was because we thought I might be having a heart attack.  But I am the stupid type who says, "No, don't call...let's see if it goes away first."  Doh!  Thank goodness it was not a heart issue or I might've keeled over!

 

Everyone experiencing chest pain needs to be evaluated, usually with heart testing as a first step.  Even though I know what mine is now, I still occasionally worry that "this" time maybe it really is a heart attack instead (especially after I was recently diagnosed with unrelated heart issues).

 

There are several conditions that can cause the seizing-up, tight, ton-of-pressure feeling in the chest.  Don't ignore it.  I got lucky with mine...you might not be if you wait too long!  Best of luck! :)

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BunnyNC, Community Member
6/ 9/10 2:57am

I should've mentioned that mine happens also when up and about, not just when lying down...but it was definitely worse and more pronounced when it would come on while in bed.  Sometimes I'd go weeks or even a couple of months without an epidsode; other times, it would happen nearly every day and even occasionally multiple times a day.

 

I hope this info might be helpful to someone as another potential you could discuss with your doctor if a heart problem is ruled out.

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kj, Community Member
6/12/10 1:01pm

I have the same thing, and I've had it all my life.  My paretns just told me it was an air bubble in my blood stream.  Yeah right.  Good thing they aren't doctors.  I was finally diagnosed a year ago after an echocardiogram was done.  It's pericarditis. They said I can go on medication if the chest pains increase on a daily basis. I'm 40, female, and in great overall shape. I don't get chest pains when I work out or go up flights of stairs so that's the main thing. 

 

Hope this helps. :)

 

 

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Paul, Community Member
7/ 1/10 11:02am

KJ,

 

    Can you tell me more?  I was admitted to the ER this last weekend with no findings except a "trivial pleural effusion"  mildly elevated ST wave of EKG and comment of Dr. saying ST waves probably related to pericarditis.

 

This scares me to death. They gave me a shot of torridol and a medrol dose pack and it's been good until last night when I had the pain lying on my left side.  I'm afraid it's going to come back full force.  Chest, jaw pain, back pain etc..  

 

Did the Dr. tell you why your's have never gone away?  Has it gotten worse?  Only when you lay down?  How old are you?  How long have you had it?  How do you treat it?  Thanks.   I'm just scared about my heart.    - Paul

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rhoni1123, Community Member
6/19/10 2:48am

I have been having this warm/tingling feeling that will start at the center of my chest and spread out...it will sometimes travel down my arm...its not really painful, but it is worrying.  Has anyone else ever just had a warm feeling, without real pain, spread out from their chest?

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kat, Community Member
11/10/10 8:22pm

i have something similar.  when i have been sleeping soundly and i turn over (or sometimes just move an arm or leg) i get a tingling feeling in my chest and down both arms.  then i break out in a sweat.  no pain, just a very odd feeling that wakes me repeatedly most nights.  i've been to the doctor ... had echocardiogram, stress test, ekg.  they can't find anything.  it almost feels as if blood has been pooling in my heart and the movement makes it flow again.

 

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dvskitten, Community Member
8/ 3/10 5:59am

I've been up since 4:00 a.m. with this dull ache in my heart.  I've had anxiety since i was 25 (I'm 42 now) and i always discounted any chest pain or palpitations as anxiety related.  I've been through a lot this year with multiple health issues.  Some days i feel like i'm going to really lose it.  I'm not on any psych meds, however.  I had been taking Mobic (anti-inflammatory) for back pain for a little over a week and i started having tachycardia for two days straight, including waking up in the middle of the night with my chest pounding.  My doc told me it was the med and told me to stop it immediately.  I had the palpitations for two days and it's better now, but now I feel a dull ache in my heart.  I did go to physical therapy yesterday and did a mild exercise for my shoulders, so not sure if that has anything to do with it.  I was also diagnosed with a heart murmur as a child, so the reason why i'm concerned it's more than just anxiety.

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pfehrman, Community Member
9/ 3/10 10:53am

costocondritis

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Sleeplessab, Community Member
10/ 2/10 12:59am

I want to tell my story for those who seem to have no answers. I was 22 when i felt the sharpest pain in my heart and it woke me up and i was very afraid that i was experiencing a heart attack. I did all the test that you can possibly have from xray, CAT scan, EKG, stress test, Echo, Blood testing, and nothing they could not find anything. I a'm 25 now and i would just wake up from this stabbing pain as if my heart is about to explode, It occurs atleast about twice a month if not more. Sometimes it would be a dream where I,am bieng stressed and all of a suddent i hear my own heart beat pounding very loud. One night i just prayed to god that he would give an answer, about two weeks later i had a dream where i was in an under ground tunnel where i had to escape up because the air was running out, as i sprinted to get out of there i could feel my self not breathing and all of a suddent i hear my heart is beating real loud and every beat was a sharp stabbing pain, and thats when i woke up to gasp for air and thats when i realize that i was not breathing. So finally about three weeks ago i saw a sleep doctor, he was skeptic because of my age, but after a sleep study the results were positive and i have severe sleep apnea and he recorded that for a moment i didnt breath for 23 seconds and my oxegen level was at 86 percent thats 4 percent than the minimum normal percentage. He said the heart beating you hear in your dreams i your actual heart working hard to try and pump air in your body. So 3 days from now im going in for a second study to see if a breathing machine will help me out, if not then it will have to surgery. Hope this story helps someone.

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C, Community Member
12/11/10 1:57am

I cannot stress the importance of seeking medical attention immediately. Do not take for granted that because the pain subsides that everything is ok. This could  possibly could be mini heart attacks that you are experiencing, but all I can say is that your body is talking to you. I lost my Dad 9 months ago due to cardiac arrest. The Tuesday before he had experienced a sharp pain in the middle of his chest for about 5-10mins with some pain running into his jaw and back pain. My Dad was experiencing a heart attack but we did not recognize the signs. My Dad finally agreed to see a doctor and did so the Sat. of that week. Monday morning my passed away. Do not wait or hesitate. Some people that I know have experienced massive heart attacks and gone into cardiac arrest while in their sleep. Any pain that anyone experiences should be dealt with immediately. A co-worker told me about her family friend who lost their son at the age of 30 due to a massive heart attack. One morning he did not feel well. He asked his friend and co-worker to take him to the hospital. He told the friend that he would call him to pick him up, but never did. The son had suffered a massive heart attach while waiting in the emerge. The discovered from the autopsy that he had experienced numerous mini heart attacks and that his heart was that of an 80 year old. Please get help. Don't become a statistic.

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notadoc, Community Member
1/27/11 11:38am

I thought i would share, this started about a year ago. i lay down to sleep and within 15 mins i would get the pain shoulder to shoulder,chest,top of abdomin,and up into my neck and head.went to doctors had ekgs,mri,stress test mre and multible x-rays and they find nothing but a little bit of enlarged heart. after a few weeks of being affaid to sleep it all went away til this week(year later)now i know when its going to be a bad night within a few minutes,so i just sleep in a recliner for a bit(no problems) then go to bed later.Mine has somthing to do with lying flat so im thinking more of a stomach esophagus thing.i'm 45 male drink coffee and beer and yes i'm fat and eat late.i'm gonna start a journal today.I know the worst part for everybody is to be affraid to go to sleep so try the lazy boy chair it works for me.

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mwilliams4818, Community Member
1/30/11 2:56pm

i am a 57 yaer old male aqnd have been having chest pains at night while sleeping. i also have a cold

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Uplift, Community Member
3/10/11 10:09pm

There is a strong possibility that this is Pericardidtis. Check out this website for more information. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001234/

This is not something to mess around with. I reccomend that you see a doctor.

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Henry, Community Member
3/13/11 4:44pm

I used to have pain in my hearth area in the night when i sleep,but it stopped when i stopped eating late night food.This might help you too.

 

Henry

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Yuma, Community Member
3/21/11 1:50pm

Sudden onset chest pain in the middle of the night during sleep. Wakes me up and lasts 5 to 30 minutes. The pain is under the sternum/chestbone and pain radiates to fill the chest area. Sometimes ribcage is sore for a day or two. Have had this for 40+ years. Over the years, numerous doctors and testing resulting in "nothing wrong". I am male, exercise everyday, eat very well, rarely drink alcohol, and not overweight. During attack I get up and walk around until it resides. I try taking nitroglycerin with some relief or drink some water. These chest pains occur in clusters and cycles, usually a few every 4 to 12 months. Sometimes I won't have one for a year and by then the nitroglycerin has dried up. From my own research came up with variant or Prinzmetals angina.

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RMRetherford, Community Member
4/ 8/11 9:18pm

I have had these same pains for about 4 months now. I am 32 years old and a 10 year combat Marine so Im in pretty good shape and fairly healthy. My pain started about 2 days after I got an epidural steriod for my L4-L5 bulging, torn disc. It started in my upper back between my shoulder blades, and now incircles my entire upper chest. It feels like a VERY deep muscle pain as if a truck is parked on my chest. It lasts from about 30 to 60 min. It wakes me up everynight unless i remain perfectly still, but the moment i move it feels like every muscle in my back and chest is tight and ready to snap like a stretched out rubberband. I have been to the VA many times ive had X-rays, EKG,s blood and urine test with nothing showing up. They now want to do bone scans and MRI,s. Hopefully something will show up and I can get some answers. I have a full time job, Im a full time student, and have a family of 5 and just cant live on 3 hours of sleep which is about how much sleep i get before Im awakened with this pain.

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j, Community Member
4/ 9/11 4:27pm

beleive it or not it is acid reflux or gerd, take a delayed acid reducer like omeprazole an over the counter drug.  have it checked by your doctor.  look up gerd on google

 

j

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Dahlias17, Community Member
5/ 5/11 4:44am

 Im only 18 years old but for the past few months I've noticed a dull pain in my chest, middle to left side but if i push under my chestbone it hurts as well. I've be woken up by it a few times already, I had to kind of roll into the fetal position and it starts to go away. It usually happens every so often but yesterday i felt it almost all day, im a college student and while in class it started to hurt so bad i almost cried. I also have been experiencing light headedness, sweating while feeling cold,  and rapid heart beat. My mom is concerned because i had a heart murmur as a child but i havent let her take me to the doctor because i want to see if it will go away. I may just give in and go visit a Dr. the pain is getting unbearable. What can it be? It cant be mini heart attacks could it? i mean im only 18.

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jock, Community Member
5/26/11 10:14pm

I have a similar but different problem from most of you guys.

 

In august 2010 i had what they called in the emergency room as a mild heart attack and they kept me in a few days etc, got a angiogram done etc, i have always been bothered with high blood pressure since i was about 21, i am now 42.

 

But they didnt need to put in any stents or anything, whatever caused the problem seemed to clear its self with the drugs they pumpped into me.

 

anyway, i'm in the uk and we dont need to pay for our prescription drugs from the doctors, so now i am on all the usual drugs for keeping the blood pressure down, plus they have said i have angina too, so i have to carry arround a little bottle of GTN spray (i think its called) for spraying under the tounge anytime i get pain when out and about, but ive never needed to use it.

 

Anyhows, since about october 2010, i started noticing sore chest, back and rib pains when i awake after maybe sleeping for 4-6 hours, then i get up for a pee or whatever and when i go back to bed its nearly impossible to sleep as the pain is so awkward and sore that i cant find a comfortable position, in the end i need to end up getting up, and once ive been up for a while the pain seems to go away, but when i'm laying there with this pain it feels like i'm having a heart attack.

 

I have since then went back to the emergency room to get this checked again and they said nope its not a heart attack this time and say its more likley to be gastro related or something, but i take drugs to protect my stomach, and i even have my bed propped up at the head end with books, but that doesnt help.

 

These pains only started since the original mini heart attack and starting on the lifetime course of drugs that come along with that, so thats whats strange to me ????

 

I have to admit, I am a heavy duty beer drink, i drink a lot, but ive been doing that for about 25 years and never had these pains before as i said.

 

I like a little ciggarette from time to time i buy a pack but it doesnt seem to make it any worse or better.

 

I get these pains a lot, like every night/morning, or every other day, but as i said, once i'm up and about the pain goes away.

 

can anyone help me please ?

 

thanks..

Jock.

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smwc, Community Member
6/15/11 10:16am

Hi

 

I am a 28 year old female and for around a year now I have been experiencing pain in my chest (left side) this pain only appears when I lie down in bed in the evenings or when I first wake up. It lasts a couple of minutes and then disappears. I've also noticed it if I sit awkwardly on the sofa, but it hurts a little less and lasts only a few seconds.

 

It feels as though I have a heavy weight sat on my chest and I feel as though my breath intake is restricted. I find it slightly improves when I lie on my back - lying on my side seems to prolong the pain.

 

I have been to the doctors and am now on 60mg (1 twice daily) of Lansoprazole and Clarithromycin 500mg + 400mg Metronidazole (both, also twice daily)

 

The doctor believes it could be one of a few things: Ulcer/s, damaged oesophagus or perhaps a gallbladder issue.

 

I must admit that I smoke - around 5-7 a day, more on the weekends. I found that every time I had a smoke, I would start burping a lot and the pain sensation would be in my stomach and up my chest and wind pipe. I am happy to say that I have given up for a week now....I know it's still early days but I don't want to mess with my health at such a young age.

 

I find it slightly worrying as I have always been very fit and healthy - up until around 3 years ago when I moved away from home to be with my partner. I have a new job (which is office based so sit on my bum 9-5), issues with my partner's family has caused massive stress for the both of us and I have become increasingly depressed as a result of living such a distance from my family and friends. I've put on 2stone since in the last 3 years.

 

I am now 11stone and 5ft 7/8", so I still don't look fat, but definitely could do with loosing some weight and toning up.

 

Anyway....what I'm trying to get at is that I feel there is a connection with my weight / health and these issues too.

 

I would really appreciate any advice anybody could give me as I don't particularly agree with taking lots of meds, especially when it isn't crystal clear what the cause may be.

 

Many thanks

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mareth, Community Member
9/ 1/11 5:16pm

I had these kind of symptoms for about a week. While I waited to see a cardiologist I found this web page that was very helpful to me. http://www.heartprotect.com/chest-pain.shtml This calmed my nerves since I understood that the problem probably wasn't heart related. Today it was confirmed by the cardiologist, who thought that it was acid reflux. The article shows that these kind of symtoms can have many different causes. It always makes us feel better when we can rule out heart issues, doesn't it.

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Leslie Lafayette, Health Guide
9/ 8/11 1:42pm

Hello, Helen :)  It does not surprise me at all to learn you have a heart murmur. At your young age, and with such a deep pain and palpitations in certain positions (you note lying down) this would seem to indicate Mitral Valve Prolapse. Many young women have this condition and it can contribute to palpitations, chest pains, anxiety, even breathlessness. However, your first step should be to visit your physician to discuss the symptoms with him or her, and perhaps a cardiologist. Pain that only occurs in one position is usually not indicative of a heart attack, but please have this checked out. MVP is a condition you should be aware of. Best of luck!

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Eve.street, Community Member
9/ 8/11 5:21pm
Hi, I'm a 20 year old female and I smoke 10 a day and have done for about the past 6 years. I woke up the other morning to severe pains in the left side of my chest and it has happened once more since. It was uncomfortable and scary, I could feel my heart beating in my chest and I was in that much pain I found myself hunched over, groaning and was finding it hard to breath!.. It has scared me so much I have been really worrying about it. Does any1 know what this could possibly be?.. I really hope it doesn't happen again! All replies will be appreciated. Thanks, Eve x Reply
stonedia, Community Member
9/12/11 5:06pm

I have been having this chest discomfort since May 2011, It seems to wake me up in the early morning ,sometimes I feel it between my shoulder blades, It is so uncomfortable that I can not fall back to sleep. I have seen my family doctor, they did an ekg and ran blood work on me , all coming back ok. A sleep study was done and that came back ok, no apnea, this happened again today, called family doctor again,waiting for his response. I had gone to er back in Nov. 2010 with chest pain, but it was more severe and had been coming and going all day, Had chest x ray blood work and they said to have a stress test done . that came back ok, but think that that was a bad case of acid reflux. but this discomfort feels different. I sleep on my left side, When this happens then all day I feel like crap, thinking that it might be my heart and tired from not sleeping enough, thought maybe it was hormonal related . I am 55. and take estradiol and progesterine biodintical hormones, also magnesium glycinate before bed to help me sleep. This had gotten fid of my hot flashes, but now this is interupting my sleep, It is really frustrating and expensive trying to figure this out, Help

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stonedia, Community Member
9/12/11 5:08pm

I have been having this chest discomfort since May 2011, It seems to wake me up in the early morning ,sometimes I feel it between my shoulder blades, It is so uncomfortable that I can not fall back to sleep. I have seen my family doctor, they did an ekg and ran blood work on me , all coming back ok. A sleep study was done and that came back ok, no apnea, this happened again today, called family doctor again,waiting for his response. I had gone to er back in Nov. 2010 with chest pain, but it was more severe and had been coming and going all day, Had chest x ray blood work and they said to have a stress test done . that came back ok, but think that that was a bad case of acid reflux. but this discomfort feels different. I sleep on my left side, When this happens then all day I feel like crap, thinking that it might be my heart and tired from not sleeping enough, thought maybe it was hormonal related . I am 55. and take estradiol and progesterine biodintical hormones, also magnesium glycinate before bed to help me sleep. This had gotten fid of my hot flashes, but now this is interupting my sleep, It is really frustrating and expensive trying to figure this out, Help

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renee, Community Member
12/17/11 6:00pm

my problem was found during a stress test.  ekg and chest xray showed nothing.  Get the stress test done!

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stonedia, Community Member
12/19/11 12:54pm

I had a stress test done in October, everything came back ok, The doctor said this is not heart related, for the past several nights I am not eating anything after supper, so far I have not had the discomfort. I saw a chiropractor he said it could be muscular , did an adjustment and gave me exercises to open up and stretch chest muscles, plus my posture is not good and when sleeping I think I tend to curl up with had down toward chest. I have been keeping a journal when having this discomfort, and I am determined to find out what it is, thanks for your reply

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LittleNerdyOTAKU, Community Member
10/ 5/11 4:09pm

Hello. I am a 18 year old female who is relatively a healthy weight and has no history of heart problems.

Recently, the same thing has been happening to me. When I sit down at my computer(and this only happens while I'm sitting at the computer) from between 3:30PM and 5:20PM I had uncomfortable, sharp pains in my neck/upper chest and my sides. I check my pulse everytime and it seems relatively normal. I feel no tingle in my arms and I do not feel faint. However, if I drink a little bit of water, it seems to get a little better. These spells only seem to happen for about 5-15 minutes as well, only once or twice a day.

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renee, Community Member
11/ 7/11 11:48am

have your doctor look into esphageal spasms or coronary vasospasms.  I had same symptoms and was diagnosed with both

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stonedia, Community Member
12/16/11 12:51pm

did they prescibe any meds or what can you do to prevent this from happening?

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renee, Community Member
12/17/11 5:56pm

yes, I'm a channel blocker, high blood pressure medicine, Plavix, & Lipitor.  Have tried some others but this is the regime that helps me.  The channel blocker is a heart medicine but also helps with the esophagus spasms.  Its the channel blocker that helps prevent the spasms.  I cannot say I havnt had another spasm since being put on these meds, but the spasms are not nearly as bad or noticable since.  hope this helps

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BarbarianTable, Community Member
11/ 9/11 6:49am

I am a 36yo pregnant female, in great overall condition and about 4 weeks ago began to suffer from left sided chest pain when lying down. Its not accompanied by any other symptoms but feels like a deep, searing stab behind my left boob, sometimes the pain can ne felt in my back beneath my scapula. It only happens when I lay down on my left side or back and can last upto 12 hours, unless I get up and move around, walk, ride my bike or am upright and active. I've been seen my multiple doctors with no avail and heartburn meds do not help. I've restricted my diet and even stopped eating upto 4 hours prior to bed...i am at a loss, cannot sleep without being in pain or propping myself up at 45 degrees

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Seamus Og, Community Member
11/15/11 2:40pm

   I had these symptoms twice. Grossly overweight and 77 years old I had an EKG with negative results the first time. I had no idea what it could be but the next time I got up from bed and took an aspirin.

 

   After reading many of the responses in this site I think it may be Anaclosia.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001313/

Several people got releif from drinking water, one said V8 worked better. It may be

1. Liquid moves the food from the espohogus to the stomach

2. Cold liquid (V8) stops spasms

3. Both

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Seamus Og, Community Member
11/15/11 4:13pm

Sorry, it's Achalasia!

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Cynrthia Cash, Community Member
12/ 7/11 3:28pm

I am 59 years of age and in the menopause cycly of life what do I do for mid night chest pains?

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Brooke :), Community Member
3/ 7/12 2:20am

I also have sharp chest pains. They usually occur at night, but sometimes during the day also. It's such a horrible feeling. Sometimes I get the sharp pains in my sides or ribs also. Whenever I have my sharp pains I can barely move and it hurts so much to breathe or do anything! I'm going to be 22 (female) on Sunday, so I'm a youngin with problems already.

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pjsterling, Community Member
3/16/12 6:33pm

I have had severe pain in my chest over the heart area and middle of chest that would come on suddenly and made it hard to take a breath. It would last about 4-5 minutes with residual ache for an hour or so afterwards. Recently, I started having a deep pain over my heart as soon as I lay on my back. It wouldn't go away and I would have to roll over on my side, or sit up. Sipping water did help some. Doctor checked me out and said they were esophagal spasms.

About 3 years ago, tests showed that I had a hole in my stomach and erosive esophagitis and was prescribed Protonix. It worked for my GERD (acid reflux) and must have been healing the insides as was the intention. Insurance wouldn't pay for the Protonix and I was changed to Prevacid. Eventually after 2 years, I didn't feel I needed to take the medication anymore since I hate all the pills I have to take. So - I stopped taking it. Three months later is when the spasms and pain started. Once the doctor put me back on the Ranitidine (or Prevacid) I was fine. Seems such a simple resolution for such severe pain.

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pjsterling, Community Member
3/16/12 6:41pm

http://www.formulamedical.com/Topics/Symptoms/Pain,%20chest.htm

 

This is a  VERY GOOD one page site with answers for all different reasons for chest page.

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Izzy Arshad, Community Member
3/17/12 12:16am

well. try to sleep on your right or left instead. well this is weird really. in some superstitious or beliefs. there really is someone heavy on top of you if you try to sleep lying. just for your information really. i experience this sometimes but im not sure if its true.. 

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Izzy Arshad, Community Member
3/17/12 12:20am

well. try to sleep on your right or left instead. well this is weird really. in some superstitious or beliefs. there really is someone heavy on top of you if you try to sleep lying. just for your information really.  we experience this sometimes but we're not sure if its true.. 

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Dom, Community Member
4/ 5/12 8:32am
I have the same problem except one night I decided to stand up and I herd the sound of when a water bottle is turned upside down bulb blub blub so I went pee and in the morning the pain was gone. Now my neighbor has the same pains but he went to the doctor and they told him his heart had an enlarge left ventricle which means he needs mOre exercise thanks for reading. Dom Reply
sister kk, Community Member
5/ 8/12 8:05pm

For any of you with chest pains and can't sleep lying down, Please read Diane's story. It may save your life! P/S If any doctor tells you "its all in your head" Please see another doctor because she was told this and she had stage 4 Cancer!

 

http://dianedeacon.memory-of.com/About.aspx

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Hatshepsut, Community Member
7/18/12 4:26pm

I've had problems with pain along my right jaw that radiates to either the left of right side of my back or along the ribs in my chest since I was in elementary school. I'm now 36. It usually happens when I'm sleeping or in a resting position such as sitting in a chair. It seems to happen more when I have more stress going on such as unemployment and severe acid reflux. It can last a few mintues to a few hours. I usually take tylenol with water with the desperate hope that it will help. I can't take NSAIDs because of my stomach. I told my general doctor about it and she performed an EKG test and sent me to a cardiologist for a stress test. I also had a test to see if I had heart murmer. All the tests came back negative. My gastro specialist told me that it's not from GERD. My general doctor believes that it may be a nervous system issue and told me to keep a log when the attacks happened. I have no shortness of breath, no increased hear rate, no radiating pain in my arms, or any other heart attack symptoms that I've read about. The chest pain feels like all the muscles in my rib cage are constricting. I don't have any senstation of weight on my chest. Can anyone tell me if this is indeed a nervous system problem or is it a heart issue and I need to have a second opinion?

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Hatshepsut, Community Member
7/18/12 4:27pm

I've had problems with pain along my right jaw that radiates to either the left of right side of my back or along the ribs in my chest since I was in elementary school. I'm now 36. It usually happens when I'm sleeping or in a resting position such as sitting in a chair. It seems to happen more when I have more stress going on such as unemployment and severe acid reflux. It can last a few mintues to a few hours. I usually take tylenol with water with the desperate hope that it will help. I can't take NSAIDs because of my stomach. I told my general doctor about it and she performed an EKG test and sent me to a cardiologist for a stress test. I also had a test to see if I had heart murmer. All the tests came back negative. My gastro specialist told me that it's not from GERD. My general doctor believes that it may be a nervous system issue and told me to keep a log when the attacks happened. I have no shortness of breath, no increased hear rate, no radiating pain in my arms, or any other heart attack symptoms that I've read about. The chest pain feels like all the muscles in my rib cage are constricting. I don't have any senstation of weight on my chest. Can anyone tell me if this is indeed a nervous system problem or is it a heart issue and I need to have a second opinion?

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Anonymous, Community Member
8/17/12 7:14pm

Hi. It can be mild heart attacks because some of its symptoms were exactly what you just described. Shortness of breath and pain on the middle of the chest. Do you feel nauseated sometimes? Or do you have a pain on your neck or jaw or left arm? Anyway, you could definitely have a heart problem because of your heart murmurs and palpitations. You should have addressed this problem while you were younger to prevent more serious things. Anyway, I suggest you go to the doctor, immediately. It does not matter if it's not your personal physician. Ask for a friend's physician or any other physician. Go to a cardiologist as well.

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jwells, Community Member
1/12/13 8:59am

chest pain when sleeping on back

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supershwa, Community Member
1/23/13 2:51pm

Folks - do NOT self diagnose yourself with Google.

 

Just see a doctor.

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Fred dewormer, Community Member
9/27/13 9:19am
Ok, first course of action is to see a doctor. However please remember that western medicine us still very primitive and works on two themes, cut it out or administer antibiotics, both if which are usually ineffective. I have had chest pains for a while and done numerous blood tests with no abnormal results. After waking up at 3AM for the umpteenth time, I took some combantrin chocolate squares which are effective for thread, round and whip worm. First two nights have been uninterrupted. The Chet pains started after we got a pet -a cat. I would bet that maybe 70%+ of people here have done sort of internal parasite whether it be worms, fluke or lyme disease. Reducing sugar intake is recommended and a better lifestyle and diet but once you have parasites, seek treatment. Gluten can also be a factor in some cases of chest pains. Google internal parasites for more info. I read about one operation where a dark mark on the Airta if a patient ended up being a small worm in the operation. In the middle if the night is when parasites are most active. Cardiac spasms are most likely caused by parasites in some people. Also, always take worm tablets after meals and not too often - consult the instructions. Reply
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