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Pain in the chest while laying on left side. Pulse increased. Reason?

I have had a consistant mildly sharp upper left chest pain (above breast ) for 2 nights while asleep and laying on my left side. It wakes me up. It tends to go away when I turn to my right side and almost completely when I m on my back or standing up, but comes back immediately when I turn back onto my left side. It has remained slightly since I have been up this am. There is no radiating pain, shortness of breath or pressure. It is not burning over sternum. I do have a functional heart murmur and have experienced PVCs which causes coughing in the past. My pulse is racing a bit but I think it may be due to anxiety from the pain. I have had normal EKGs in 2007 and 2009 for preop testing and they were normal plus a normal ultrasound of the heart in 2009 for fainting due to dehydration and to r/o heart problem. I have not done anything strenuous except to go on a 3 miles walk. I am a 64 1/2 yr. old female, 5 , 8 at 178 lbs, mild hbp under control with meds., all bloodwork wnl. What do you think it can be?
Asked On : Mon, 19 Nov 2012
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From history it seems that you might be having costo-chondritis or having some strain on inter-costal muscles giving rise to this problem.
But as you are elderly and this is of recent development go for EKG to rule out any cardiac ailment.
Ok and take care.
Answered: Sat, 24 Aug 2013
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