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I am feling pain in my heart while inhaling

Sometimes if I m lying down on my bed sideways (heart closest to the bed), my heart area gets a sharp pain if I inhale, as if it got poked with something. Exhaling is fine, so I can only take small breaths. It goes away if I massage the area. Is this a symptom of something serious? Should I have this checked out? Thanks for all the replies, but this has been happening for years, and only occurs maybe... once a month at most. I don t smoke, do not feel anything weird afterwards or before, just some pain. I occasionally play sports and do not feel any abnormalities if I get hit around my heart area. Mostly occurs during sleep, and after a few massages, I m good and I go straight back to sleep, or wake up if its already morning. I m kind of reluctant to go get this checked out because it doesn t happen often. Guess I ll tell my doctor in a couple of weeks when I go for my semi-anual checkup.
Asked On : Sun, 20 Dec 2009
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Sounds very much like a Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) problem. Do you have other Gastrointestinal symptoms:Reflux, Esophageal gas, Bowel trouble? Before or after around the time of the pain do you notice a need to relieve yourself? Does this happen after you eat certain foods? Say 1 to 2 hours after eating such food? Do you have risk factors for heart disease?: High cholesterol, shortness of breath on exertion, pain in chest on exertion especially radiating pain, slightly elevated white blood cell count, elevated creatinine phosphokinase (CPK).,C- reactive protein over 3.0.? Hear is a suggestion: If you are active and have access to a treadmill walk on it while monitoing your pulse regularly. If your pulse is abnormally high for what you are doing a heart problem is likely. Find your maximum heart rate (220 - Your age) = Maximum Heart rate. If you are walking or jogging at an easy pace and your pulse is very high. A cardiovascular problem is likely.Surely you could have a cardiac problem but unless you have some indicators of real heart distress I would lean toward LES problem. The LES may pop open when it should not. Possibly even the beginnings of achalasia, a disorder in which the LES fails to open when food hits it. Your problem could be fixed by a diet change, elevating your bed, not eating too close to bed time or it could be worse. I am puzzled by your choice to lay on your heart side instead of the other if you have pain on that side. I must tell you one would need a lot more info. to determine the possibilities. The short answer: Of course you should have it checked out!
Answered: Sun, 20 Dec 2009
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Sounds like Precordial catch syndrome, Google it.
Answered: Thu, 15 Jul 2010
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