Posted by: Grace | 2008/09/29

Pain in my chest!

I get a pain in the left side of my chest. I recently went to my doctor for a medical for Insurance and he did not say anything about my heart. I' m very worried, as the pain is getting worse when I lay down. It feels like somebody has put something heavy on my chest. It does not effect my breathing at all. It' s actually more irritating that sore.
I do suffer from High blood pressure, but on my recent visit to my doctor he was happy. I use tables for it. I am also overweight and not very active. I’ m worried that it could be my heart although the pain is on the left and not on the right. Is there any other reason why is would have this pain?

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Dear Grace
Heart pain is usually a pressing pain brought on by exertion and it gets better when you rest. This could be a chest wall pain if it is worsened by changing position or it could be a problem in the underlying lung or pleura. All chest pains should be examined thoroughly, and ECG, physical examination and if needed Lung x/ray is usually indicated. Did you tell your doctor about the pain?
(Heart Pain is usually central, can spread to the left arm or jaw area.)
Dr Bets

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