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Chest pain, pain on lying on left side, exhaling. Causes and treatment?

Hi Dr, I am 54 yrs old. Earlier today i was laying down and I had chest pains in my chest. It is in the left side, about middle of chest. Feels like it is over my heart . When I lay on my left side, it hurts more than laying on my right side. I have noticed that when I inhale, it doesn t hurt. When I exhale, it hurts with every heart beat.And it has been steady all day long. What could it be? Thanks
Asked On : Mon, 7 Jan 2013
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First of all be clear in your mind that it is not a heart problem.
1... Heart pain doesn't increase or decrease on changing sides and is accompanied by some restlessness,constriction in chest and uneasiness.
2... Heart pain doesn't occur on exhaling only.
These all are symptoms of muscular strain.
Take some anti inflammatory like ibuprofen 400 mg three times a day for 5 to 6 days.
Do Local hot fomentation
Avoid weight lifting.
You should be all right soon.
Answered: Mon, 7 Jan 2013
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