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Tuesday, November 11, 2008 Brooks, Community Member, asks

Q: Lower chest pain/pressure (sternum) that radiates up to right side of neck to behind/below ear

When laying on left side sometimes feel a heavy pressure that turns into pain in lower center chest - under sternum.  Feels like a huge air bubble that wants to explode -- pain/pressure will wake me from sleep.  The pressure/pain radiates up through the center of my chest and detours to the right side of my neck ending just behind my right ear.  The pressure eases a few minutes after I change position.  Is this indigestion? or could it be a precurser to a heart attack?

 

I am female and 52 years old.

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Nikkia, Community Member
11/22/08 2:33pm

I have the same kind of feeling of pressure  right in the middle of my sterum. It feels like something is pushing out, or maybe I have to burp but can't. Mostly I have to move around then I will feel it, like if I lean forward it hits me like gas pressure or something. I went to the ER the first time it happen...it's not painful it's just lots of pressure that can be painful depending on how hard it hits me. But when I went the ER they couldn't really find anything wrong. My heart was fine!! which is what I was WORRIED about. They ruled it to be Muscular, but why now? I don't do anything different then usual. I hope they know what they are talking about, because i'm thinking if it was muscular it would have gone away by now you'd think. That was 3 months ago. I am only 29.

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lela, Community Member
11/19/09 8:58pm

Hi,

 

I am a 34 year old male that had the same chest pains this week. Right below the sternum. It was a tight pressure and occasional stabbing pain that lasted around 20 hours. DR could find nothing wrong. Did you ever have yours diagnosed?

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videowatcher51, Community Member
2/22/09 9:37am

I had a very similar thing happen to me last night.  I was on my left side, and I could feel the blood really circulating.  It concerned me, but I still layed there.  Then I started to feel alot of pressure, so I turned onto my back.  I'm going to the doctor to get it checked.  A year ago, I got a pain in my heart while sleeping on my left side, and went to the er.  They said I was ok.  I'm a 51 female.  Maybe we can stay in touch.  my email is doglover894@yahoo.com

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Shannon, Community Member
2/12/10 11:54pm

I am a massage therapist going to school to be a pt, and I have found that people with the problems that you are having have alot of trigger points in there pectoralis muscles. there is a book by Doctors Janet Travell and David Simons, revealed in their widely acclaimed medical textbook, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual. The trigger in pectoralis major muscle can cause pain that feels like angina from the heart. Breathing problems and other muscle pain can happen such as eye and headach.....

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Shannon, Community Member
2/12/10 11:56pm

I am a massage therapist going to school to be a pt, and I have found that people with the problems that you are having have alot of trigger points in there pectoralis muscles. there is a book by Doctors Janet Travell and David Simons, revealed in their widely acclaimed medical textbook, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual. The trigger in pectoralis major muscle can cause pain that feels like angina from the heart. Breathing problems and other muscle pain can happen such as eye and headach.....

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missy, Community Member
2/ 6/11 8:07am

omg finally other ppl have this condition! i have had this since i was 11 years old, and i am now 21. i dont know what happens, but i cant breathe, and it hurts so bad. the pain is like pressure or stabbing that radiates from the middle of my chest/sternum, it travels to my right side, inside my ear or behind my ear, my jaw, sometimes behind and above my right eye, other times it hurts my back. it takes a few minutes to go away, but it hurts soooo bad!  so what do i do to get rid of this? what is this condition called? anyone have detailed answers?

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Bret, Community Member
10/31/11 12:29am

Hi,  I'm 42 and have been experiencing almost identical symptoms as you for years.  I, by process of tracking my diet and food elimination, I have linked it, for me, in 95% of my painful incidences to eating foods that contain hydrogenated oils of any kind.  It usually within 10-20 min after consumption and the severe pressure radiated to my spine, as well, for hours.  I have been told, on several occasions, about possible form of Celiac Disease (allergy to gluten/wheat).   I just tell myself, its hydrogenated oil that I'm allergic to and avoid it at all costs.  This has almost eliminated my occurrences completely.  I hope this helps you find some relief.

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mehere, Community Member
1/29/12 6:50pm

I have had this as well many years come and gone . insulin restance could be the answer, pain caused by the pancreas , many doctors and er turned it away have your eyes dialated check for extra vains caused by high insulin over time also might find you have rashes or dry itchy skin . avoiding large meals will help look out for pasta! just sayin it drove me nuts!

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By Brooks, Community Member— Last Modified: 07/01/13, First Published: 11/11/08