A 24-year-old female asked:
weird pain in heart /chest area if i sleep on my left side. why? 27 male
5 doctor answers
Dr. Robert Kwok answered
32 years experience Pediatrics
Doctor can evaluate: To help figure out why sleeping on the l side causes some "weird" chest pain, a person should write down details, take them to the doctor, and lie on the exam table in the problem position to show the doctor. The heart usually doesn't change whether one lies on his r or l. Stomach may be a cause, because reflux and heartburn changes with position. A chest exam or x-ray can look for a lung problem.
Answered on Dec 12, 2015
Dr. Einar Ottestad answered
18 years experience Pain Management
Msk: It sounds musculoskeletal but i recommend a physician exam to be sure it is not cardiac.
Answered on Feb 14, 2015
Dr. Raja Fattaleh answered
26 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Need more info: If sharp pain, likely related to condition of inflammation on chest wall rib joints; try not sleeping on your side; take otc medications.
Answered on Jul 20, 2016
Dr. Patrick Ferry answered
17 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Guessing here...: But since it is positional, i'll guess it is musculoskeletal. With that said, anything in your chest cavity can potentially hurt, heart, lungs, esophagus...Could even be pain coming ip from the abdomen! if it is concerning you, go get it checked out, especially if worsening!
Answered on May 27, 2016
Dr. Kenneth Smith answered
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Reflux: Likely cause reflux which can be aggravated by lying on left side and back.. Anatomic position of stomach prevents emptying. Best to not lay down within four hours of eating. If persists see physician.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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