Skip to content


    Attention All WebMD Community Members:

    These message boards are closed to posting. Please head on over to our new WebMD Message Boards to check out and participate in the great conversations taking place:

    Your new WebMD Message Boards are now open!

    Making the move is as easy as 1-2-3.

    1. Head over to this page:

    2. Choose the tag from the drop-down menu that clicks most with you (and add it to any posts you create so others can easily find and sort through posts)

    3. Start posting

    Have questions? Email us anytime at

    Chest pain when waking up
    havoc1482 posted:
    Hello, I am 18 years old. About 7 months ago I was in a traumatic car accident when I was diagnosed with musculo-skeletal trauma, concussion, ect. Ever since that accident I wake up every morning with pain in the left side of my chest. I feels like its just below the surface, but I know its not my heart, because its not a pulsating pain. Its an achy pain that is made worse by taking a deep breath. I have not seen a doctor about it yet and the pain has not gotten any worse or any better since then, its always the same.
    bren_bren responded:
    You may have costochondritus. It's inflammation of the cartilage (soft tissues) in the chest area. Do you sleep on your stomach? I have had it before & it's quite painful. That is what comes to my mind, anyways. You should see a physician because it is impossible to diagnose yourself, nor should you seek a diagnosis over the Internet. In the meantime, look it up & see if you think you have symptoms relative to costo. and maybe Advil (anti-inflammatories) will help. Of course a doctors opinion is what should bear the most weight. Feel better, B

    Spotlight: Member Stories

    Multi-level lumbar and cervical spine fusions secondary to MVI trauma. Spinal cord injury with alteration in sensation and mobility. Intermedull...More

    Helpful Tips

    Tips/Resources/Discussions/What's Happening Now
    I would like to point out AS A TIP that the new layout that WebMD has adopted can become confusing, but keep coming back and check ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    12 of 20 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.