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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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Why can't I sleep on my left side? My heart pounds when I sleep on, my, left side? How come? When I go to my right side I don't feel it at all? Any ideas?

Why can't I sleep on my left side? My heart pounds when I sleep on, my, left side? How come? When I go to my right side I don't feel it at all? Any ideas?

Not important: When you sleep on your left side, your heart is closer to the chest wall and may feel like palpitations/ pounding.
No work up needed. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I do nothing my heart starts beating faster, then slow, and again fast. Should I be worried (and my heart ache if I sleep on left side)?

Sometimes when I do nothing my heart starts beating faster, then slow, and again fast. Should I be worried (and my heart ache if I sleep on left side)?

No: You are describing " physiologic sinus arrhythmia".
Physiologic because it is NORMAL at your age.
And you may sleep in whatever position you find comfortable. ...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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Why does my left pectoral muscle, arm and side of chest hurt so much? It is preventing me from sleeping. Also I don't any symptoms of heart problems

Why does my left pectoral muscle, arm and side of chest hurt so much? It is preventing me from sleeping. Also I don't any symptoms of heart problems

Pec Major injury?: The Pectoralis Major muscle and tendon course across the chest laterally across the axilla to insert onto the arm bone. Pain about the muscle may be a symptom of a muscle strain or partial tear. This injury usually occurs during weight lifting. Seek an orthopaedic evaluation if the symptoms persist for more than a week ...Read more

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Pulm heard a loud heart murmur on left side 1 mo ago. Echo norm. Dr says still loud but prob just pleural rub. Can hear in back and up to neck. Chest pain. Sleep sitting up cause hard to breathe and painful. Does norm echo rule out cardiac issues?

Pulm heard a loud heart murmur on left side 1 mo ago. Echo norm. Dr says still loud but prob just pleural rub. Can hear in back and up to neck. Chest pain. Sleep sitting up cause hard to breathe and painful. Does norm echo rule out cardiac issues?

Murmur: Was the echocardiogram perfectly normal or was there some valvular abnormality? Sometimes minor abnormalities create loud murmurs. Other causes of loud noises in the chest and neck include abnormalities of blood vessels in the neck or thorax or pericardial disease. Asymmetric septal hypertrophy of the heart can cause loud murmurs but should be obvious on echocardiogram. See a cardiologist for advi ...Read more

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I suffer from anxiety and when I try to fall asleep my left side of my body goes numb and my heart stops. Then my body jolts me awake.

I suffer from anxiety and when I try to fall asleep my left side of my body goes numb and my heart stops. Then my body jolts me awake.

You're OK.: Anxiety can make you imagine that the worst of the worst can, happen. Not true in reality. Your heart doesn't stop-- you would be dead. Your extreme anxiety is your real enemy. It is not uncommon to experience one's body jolting awake when overly tired or stressed. Many people do including me. Relax, you are ok. But seek help from psychologist/psychiatrist to alleviate anxiety. Good luck. ...Read more

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Every night I party hard when I lay down to sleep I can feel my heart beating in my chest. Is this bad?

Every night I party hard when I lay down to sleep I can feel my heart beating in my chest. Is this bad?

May be: There is such a thing called holiday heart which is an arrythmia brought on by drinking too much alcohol where the heart beats very fast. If it beats too fast for too long the heart can suffer from lack of oxygen and damage can be done. You need to seek medical advice. ...Read more

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I've gone to bed early in the evening (8, 9, 10, 11pm).I wake up at 2, 3, 4am&eat dinner. I go back to sleep 2, 3hrs later. Wake up at 7-7:30am. Bad for heart?

I've gone to bed early in the evening (8, 9, 10, 11pm).I wake up at 2, 3, 4am&eat dinner. I go back to sleep 2, 3hrs later. Wake up at 7-7:30am. Bad for heart?

Eating at night: If you wake up to eat it MAY mean your blood sugar is dropping and you are eating to help it rise. Please see your doc who may test you for this. You are better off eating before you go to bed rather than in the middle of the night. Three meals at regular times each day or small snacks in between is often best but check w/doc. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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If we sleep right side, will blood flow properly to heart?

If we sleep right side, will blood flow properly to heart?

Yes: Blood will flow normally regardless of sleeping position. ...Read more

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Some times I have pain near heart and right back side also when I sit in some certain positions pain get more unbearable. Mostly sleeping time.?

Some times I have pain near heart and right back side also when I sit in some certain positions pain get more unbearable. Mostly sleeping time.?

GI tract....: Seems like GI tract related pain......try some ranitidine, Eat food in time, Reduce spices, and hot food. See your bowels are moving right. ...Read more

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Does sleeping with a heating pad close to my heart bad for my heart?

Does sleeping with a heating pad close to my heart bad for my heart?

NO: It has absolutely NO effect on your heart!
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