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Robb05 posted:
I am 35 years old and recently started taking fish oil due to my mother having a heart attack and the doctor telling her that he recommends everyone taking it. Anyways, shortly after starting to take the fish oil (2 pills/day) that while I am sleeping and more importantly sleeping on either side I noticed I was having pain in my sternum area of my chest. The pain almost feels like indigestion but have never experienced that pain while sleeping on my side. When I sleep on my back I feel fine. Any ideas why I get this pain while sleeping on my side and that is the only time I get this pain?
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CardiostarUSA1 responded:
Hi:

Some individuals experience chest pain when lying down due to gastrointestinal problems, or even mitral valve prolapse (MVP, the most common type of heart valve abnormality), especially when lying on the left side (as the heart is brought closer to the chest wall).

Additionally, of the different types/kinds of heart conditions, some which can occur at ANY AGE, various symptoms can be acute (occurring suddenly), be chronic (occurring over a long period of time), come and go (be transient, fleeting or episodic) or even be silent.

ALWAYS be proactive in your health care and treatment. Most important, communicate/interact well with your doctor(s). Best of luck down the road of life. Live long and prosper.

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Chest pain

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003079.htm

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Chest pain

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chest-pain/DS00016

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http://www.emedicinehealth.com/chest_pain/article_em.htm

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Non-cardiac chest pain

Musculoskeletal-related

The chest contains many muscles, bones, tendons, and cartilage and strains or sprains to any of these may/can can cause chest pain. Chest pain associated with musculoskeletal injury is typically sharp and confined to a specific area of the chest.

The pain may/can be brought on by movement of the chest and/or arms into certain positions, and often is relieved by changing position.

The pain may/can be triggered off by pushing on part of the chest and often become worse when taking a deep breath. Though the pain typically last only seconds, it may/can also persist for days or longer.

If/when chest pain increases when you press your finger on the painful site, or if you can pinpoint the spot that hurts, it is most likely chest wall-related pain, which may/can be caused by strained muscles or ligaments or even by a fractured rib.

BCWP/TBCWP

Benign chest wall pain/Transitory benign chest wall pain

This pain may/can be brief or fleeting and often described as being sharp.

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Heart Disease TYPES

Men and Women

Acquired in life or congenital (born with it)

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/heart-disease-men

Heart Disease SYMPTOMS

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/guide/heart-disease-symptoms

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Heart Disease

Definition. Symptoms. Causes. Risk factors. Complications. Tests and diagnosis. Treatments and drugs. Lifestyle and home remedies. Prevention...

Heart disease is a broad termused to describe a range of diseases that affect your heart, and in some cases, your blood vessels. The various diseases that fall under the umbrella of....

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-disease/DS01120


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