Pain in chest while laying down

Pain in chest while laying down

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Brentwood, TN

#1 Mar 5, 2011

Lately, I've been having chest pains when I lay on my left side or laying flat on my stomach/chest. Usually have an increased heart rate along with the chest pain. The pain seems to stay on the left half of my chest, never radiates, doesn't spread, only stays on the left side until I lay on my back or my right side. I've been to the doctor several times last year complaining of problems, have had EKG's performed, heart monitor overnight, chest X-rays, and all turn out normal. Dr seems to think there is no problems at all with my heart.

I am on high blood pressure medicine to control my BP. I do take anxiety medicine when I have panic attacks, which is maybe once every 3-4 weeks usually. Also, I do have GERD which I take medicine for at night time to control acid buildup. Any clues as to what could be going on or suggestions anyone might have?


Wijchen, Netherlands

#2 May 2, 2014
It could be spasms of the esophagus, especially when it happens at night while in bed and in the period you say it happens. It is difficult to tell the difference between heart problems and spams of the esophagus, as similar pains will emerge. If it goes away after approx. 30 min, it usually is spasms, most often caused by stress, emotional issues, and so forth. It can be quite scary, as it has nearly all symtopns of a heart attack. It is best to remain calm and sit through the pain. I have it once in a while, sometimes in periods of months. Then it stays away for a year, and comes back.

It is always best to ask a doctor first, maybe you could bring the issue up and ask if it could be the spasms of the esophagus, as it is quite a commong problem and often mistaken for heart problems.

Good luck and be well.

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