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Pain radiating from the left breast, centre of the chest, feels like cramping mixed with ‘hot pain’ only happens during the night, wakes me up. Anyone had similar?

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GenXtra · 25/05/2023 18:34

Yes, I plan to make an appointment to see my GP but just wondering if this could be heartburn with it only affecting me during the night?

Never had breast pain so not sure whether it could also be associated with my left breast? Mastalgia? Although I’m 53, unsure if I’ve gone through the menopause as I have a coil fitted (no periods).

It’s like a hot, cramping feeling.

Nothing happens during the day. Been happening for a few weeks now but on and off, not every night.

I am stressed about different things going on in my life right now but just thought I’d ask the question here.

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GenXtra · 25/05/2023 19:26


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DozyDelia · 25/05/2023 19:31

See your GP. It could be angina.

TheAudie · 25/05/2023 19:32

Sorry, but you need to see your GP about this.

DozyDelia · 25/05/2023 19:33

Chest pain in the centre or to the left could be your heart.
Maybe not of course but you need to see a GP pretty quickly.

GenXtra · 25/05/2023 19:42

Would heart issues only trouble you only during the night though?

If I was getting the same kind of pain during the day I would feel a little more anxious (sort of).

I’m just wondering what type of pain is associated with acid reflux?

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ArseInTheCoOpWindow · 25/05/2023 19:45

Reflux. I get it all the time. Your tummy is on your left. The pain can just be unbearable and agonising. And it is definitely a hot pain.

The fact that it’s happening at night makes reflux an even more likely culprit.

Xrays · 25/05/2023 19:47

Could be nothing or nothing. Most likely anaemia, angina or reflux. Only a doctor will be able to tell you what. Quite often health issues are worse at night before they appear during the day.

Xrays · 25/05/2023 19:47

*or anything

GenXtra · 25/05/2023 20:11

@ArseInTheCoOpWindow Thank you. This was my thoughts as it’s only happening during the night.

I’ll keep some antacids by the side of my bed to see if this helps during the night. Do you take anything?

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ArseInTheCoOpWindow · 25/05/2023 21:38

@GenXtra l take everything. It’s still not under control. Waiting for an op.

GenXtra · 25/05/2023 21:49

@ArseInTheCoOpWindow So sorry to hear this! Hope you don’t have too much longer to wait!

Do you mind me asking what the op is for?

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bornintheuk2 · 25/05/2023 21:55

I am getting this too. I thought it was a heart attack to begin with, then because it only happened at night I thought of reflux or trapped wind I bought some OTC wind relief. They work, up to a point, but now its started in the day time !!! What now.....

Nimbus9000 · 25/05/2023 21:55

Possibly pericarditis as another option to those already mentioned, especially if you’ve had a virus recently.

ArseInTheCoOpWindow · 25/05/2023 22:03

A fundoplication l believe. They tighten the valve at the top of the stomach to stop the acid coming out.

PinkFootstool · 25/05/2023 22:21

If you think it's acid reflux, it's easy to try a few things while you wait for your appointment. Don't eat near bedtime, buy some omeprazole to take before you go to bed, prop up your mattress / pillows so you're not flat on the bed at night, keep Gaviscon by the bed and have a swig if you feel it starting etc.

DozyDelia · 25/05/2023 22:27

I was going to say exactly the same as @PinkFootstool

Buy some tablets from Boots- not Gaviscon etc but a proton pump inhibitor (omeprazole is one but there are others)

Eat 3-4 hours before bed.

Avoid alcohol and caffeine

Raise you head by using more pillows (or wood blocks under the bed at the head end to raise it.)

Gilead · 25/05/2023 22:42

It could also be oesophageal spasms. Extremely painful, and mimics a heart attack, usually worse at night.

GenXtra · 26/05/2023 21:51

Thanks for all of your replies.

I’m going to buy the suggested Omeprazole for starters.

@Gilead the way you describe this sounds just what I’m experiencing. @PinkFootstool and @DozyDelia when I get woken up by this the only thing that eases it slightly is propping myself up. If I turn to the left or right it continues, or worsens.

@ArseInTheCoOpWindow im so sorry you’ve been struggling. Hope you hear something soon about having this procedure.

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