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

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Dr. Raja Fattaleh
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Raja Fattaleh
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Dr. David Liu
do you have any family history of heart disease? any other symptoms? if so, or if the pain doesn't go away with ibuprofen or another otc pain reliever, see your healthcare provider.
Dr. Einar Ottestad
Pain Management
6 doctors agree

In brief: Msk

It sounds musculoskeletal but i recommend a physician exam to be sure it is not cardiac.

In brief: Msk

It sounds musculoskeletal but i recommend a physician exam to be sure it is not cardiac.
Dr. Einar Ottestad
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Kenneth Smith
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kenneth Smith
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Dr. Patrick Ferry
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Patrick Ferry
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