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I have had a pain in my left shoulder & neck for about 14 hrs. It is dull & hurts more if in certain positions. Could be heart related or sleep wrong?

I have had a pain in my left shoulder & neck for about 14 hrs. It is dull & hurts more if in certain  positions. Could be heart related or sleep wrong?

Shoulder & neck pain: Your left shoulder and neck pain lasting 14 hours, dull and positional are unlikely to be cardiac, and more likely due to musculoskeletal as in sleeping wrong. But it would be virtually impossible to determine the cause based on your descriptions alone. If seriously concerned, please see a physician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Is sleeping on your left side considered bad for your heart?

Is sleeping on your left side considered bad for your heart?

No.: For most people, it doesn't really matter. For pregnant women, it's sometimes recommended to sleep on the left side. But really, whatever is most comfortable is fine. ...Read more

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I sleep on my side and usually rest my head on my left arm. Wake up sore with chest and shoulder aches. How do I change this bad habit? (heart is ok)

I sleep on my side and usually rest my head on my left arm. Wake up sore with chest and shoulder aches. How do I change this bad habit? (heart is ok)

Soft cervical...: ...Collar? If you can't change the sleep position, you might try one of the special sidesleep pillows such as: http://riroads.Com/images/sleep_posture_pillow_1.Jpg. ...Read more

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Should my baby not sleep on her left side if she has a heart problem?

Should my baby not sleep on her left side if she has a heart problem?

Ask her doctor.: For almost all babies, sleeping on the back is best because it decreases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome ('crib death"). For many types of congenital heart defects, sleep position does not affect cardiac function, but talk to her cardiologist to be sure. ...Read more

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Last night I was sleeping on my left side and woke up with pain in my heart.I still have it and thought it would go away by now.Should I be concerned?

Last night I was sleeping on my left side and woke up with pain in my heart.I still have it and thought it would go away by now.Should I be concerned?

Pain in chest? hrs?: Is the pain in your chest, or "on your heart"? (If the latter, how do you tell it's not, for instance, the lungs?) Depending on the bed, your weight, & how you slept, it could be a rib contusion or intercostal (rib) muscle strain. However, if it's a crushing pain, associated w/ sweating or feeling unwell in other ways, it cd be a heart attack. Talk to a triage doc or use HealthTap Prime to know. ...Read more

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Weird pain in heart /chest area if I sleep on my left side. Why? 27 male

Weird pain in heart /chest area if I sleep on my left side. Why? 27 male

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. ...Read more

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My mom can't sleep properly on her left side coz she says she'll start feeling a pain in her heart. What could be wrong?

My mom can't sleep properly on her left side coz she says she'll start feeling a pain in her heart. What could be wrong?

Chest wall pain: May be the pain in her heart is chest wall pain due to certain position at bed. Any risk factors for heart disease? My advice is to see a physician for a better history and physical. ...Read more

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Everytime I lay on my left side to go to sleep I feel like my heart starts hurting burning pressure like feeling I feel it in my back where my heart ?

Everytime I lay on my left side to go to sleep I feel like my heart starts hurting burning pressure like feeling I feel it in my back where my heart ?

Depends how you lie: Try lying on a bed that has the head part elevated using books. Elevate about 6-8inches. If pain persists see a doctor or medical provider ...Read more

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Sharp pain near heart only when i am lying on my left side of back for sleeping. Goes away as soon i change position. Also palpitations seldom. Reasn?

Sharp pain near heart only when i am lying on my left side of back for sleeping. Goes away as soon i change position. Also palpitations seldom. Reasn?

Cardiac issue: With those symptoms it may not just be positioning at sleep, although it's possible you are pInching some nerve when you lay in that position. I suggest you get a good physical exam at your GP, if you get chest pain at rest perhaps also a trip to the cardiologist's office ...Read more

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The past couple of night when I go to bed I start having tightness on the left side of my chest and my heart starts pounding and I can't sleep. Help?

The past couple of night when I go to bed I start having tightness on the left side of my chest and my heart starts pounding and I can't sleep. Help?

Anxiety: If you're not having these symptoms during physical exertion and only In bed, anxiety resulting in chest wall muscle tension and forceful or slightly rapid heart rate, anxiety is likely occurring. THis makes you focus intensely on your heartbeat. Discuss this with your physician who may prescribe a mild tranquilizer or stress management. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as well. ...Read more

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Ever since I carried a heavy bookbag & swollen my left side upper back & been playing video games for hours with no sleep. My heart has been beating fast constantly & tingling in behind my head & can't sleep unless I take hot showers. ?

Ever since I carried a heavy bookbag & swollen my left side upper back & been playing video games for hours with no sleep. My heart has been beating fast constantly & tingling in behind my head & can't sleep unless I take hot showers. ?

Reset!: Your body needs you to hit the reset button! Abstain from all video games and junk food. Walk or exercise at least 30-60 minutes a day for the next week. Go online and print out a menu for the Mediterranean Diet and follow that strictly for 1-2 weeks. If your symptoms persist, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Have burning pain upper rite belly under rib cage heart burn most every am can't sleep on my rite side it hurts my mid rite side back badly?

Have burning pain upper rite belly under rib cage  heart burn most every am can't sleep on my rite side it hurts my mid rite side back badly?

Have tests done: It is best to see your doctor and discuss it. Things to consider would be the gallbladder, the liver itself or the stomach and the duodenum, the ribs and the lung wil have to be look at. We can't do that with simple history alone, we need labs and imaging procedures. Good luck. ...Read more

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