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Can sleeping on the side lead to chest pain?

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Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh

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Posted on Tue, 9 Oct 2018 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: is it possible to push your ribs in when you sleep on them? woke up with pains in my chest and cant get rid of them. its only on the left side of my chest.
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh 1 hour later
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Hello,

Your ribs have a structure that supports them so pressure from sleeping on them would be unlikely to push them in or damage them.

Pain in the left side of the chest, depending on the location and nature, could be musculoskeletal (having overused or stretched muscles before you went to sleep), gastric (stomach irritation or acid reflux which can cause pain and heartburn), pulmonary (if you have had an infection, the lining of the lungs can become inflamed), or cardiac (very unlikely in someone your age if you have no unusual personal or family history).

Does the pain occur more with certain movements of your arm or chest wall or breathing? Does food make a difference?

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
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Follow up: Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh 8 minutes later
ive not eaten food yet so unsure about food. pain seems to be stretched out my entire top left side. its calming down a little bit now but still off and on sore
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh 25 minutes later
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Hello,

Most likely it's sore muscles (unless it feels altogether different). If the pain is quite bad and does not resolve, then do go in to an urgent care clinic. Otherwise, it should get gradually better.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
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Follow up: Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh 13 minutes later
okay thankyou
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh 33 minutes later
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Your welcome

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Hello,

I hope you feel better soon.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh, General & Family Physician
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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