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My mom can not rest effectively on her left side coz she says she’ll begin feeling a pain in her heart.?

September 6th, 2013

Question by Zahara: My mom cannot rest correctly on her left side coz she says she’ll start off feeling a soreness in her heart.?

She has substantial blood strain as properly. What could be the dilemma? She’s 51.

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Response by trent4kala
er she could die

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  1. Steel Head
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:03 | #1

    sounds like a soft tissue issue, not heart…she probably has a muscle strain…my 2 cents, I’d speak to her doc though for sure…good luck

  2. nye_r
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:13 | #2

    Is she taking blood pressure medicine? Maybe she needs to see the Doctor.

  3. yankeeman0712
    September 6th, 2013 at 11:46 | #3

    Sometimes all the blood shifts to one side and that can be very painful because my grandfather has the same thing. He says that all you have to do is take some painkillers.

  4. lynn_mcc
    September 6th, 2013 at 12:07 | #4

    She should really consult a doctor, but I do know that your left lung is smaller than the right. This is to give the heart more room in the body. So sleeping on your left side may affect how she is feeling. But again, I think She needs to make an appointment with her doctor.

  5. the falcon
    September 6th, 2013 at 13:02 | #5

    it seems thrs problem wth left ventricle of heart and also all heart failures start frm extreme left side,,pls consult doctor and diagonse fr ECG and lateral sectional view of heart and pumping of blood related tests..


  6. ekrub
    September 6th, 2013 at 13:04 | #6

    Your heart is on the left side. When you lie on your left, you put gravity against it, and a weak heart will have to deal with the other organs leaning on it. That might be the reason for the pain.

    She should see a doctor, because that also signals other potential issues going on in there. All of which you have a better chance of dealing with, once diagnosed early.

  7. Cilia
    September 6th, 2013 at 13:29 | #7

    tell your mom to go and see her doctor,as soon as possible.she should not wait for that.God love you i do.take care sweaty.

  8. karmaliousdotdotdot
    September 6th, 2013 at 14:28 | #8

    Its very difficult to offer a resonable explanation without being able to do an assessment. But, none the less when dealing with anything the more important thing to ask is “when is it time to see a liscenced care provider”

    I hope I dont go overboard in answering your question…

    Where exactly does she feel pain (The heart is not a sensory device)?

    1)Does increasing activity increase pain?

    2)Is it strictly when she lies on her left side?

    3)How is the pain characterized and is pain the only symptom ( IE:Shortness of breath, heartburn )?

    4)Does your family have a history of heart Disease?

    5) History of CHF?

    1) If she experience greater pain with activity: It must suggest ANGINA (the heart is hurting because it doesnt have enough oxygen *a pre-cursor to a heart attack) An ACTUAL HEART ATTACK or ENDOCARDITIS (inflammation of the soft tissue, its kind of like when your ass-cheeks/thighs rub together and they get chaffed ) All these can be very serious and you should seek medical attention immediately

    2) Laying on the left side obviously creates the potential of putting greater pressure on the heart specifically affecting RIGHT ATRIAL pre-load or RIGHT VENTRICAL afterload. Either way about it, the fact that laying on her left side causes pain would say to me that you need to get it checked out because it could again, be a pre-cursor to many other things. Perhaps she has arthrosclerosis, or arteriosclerosis. (the clogging of arteries) < -- could potentially be very bad 3) People who have "chest pain" characterize the symptoms in varrying qualities. Women especially are known for having non-typical symptoms. Such as flank pain or heartburn. ALTHOUGH let me stress that i believe you need to see a physician, I would characterize SHARP, SHOOTING, or INTENSE pain as being much more serious than DULL, Numbing, or GENERALIZED pain. *********laying on the left side could also potentiate heartburn (because of where the stomach is positioned). In all AT-HOME patients like this, trying taking some "Tums" (calcium carbonate). If it goes away then it sounds like indigestion. If your mom has been perscribed nitrates (NITRO stat), then I would advise taking 1 EVERY 5 minutes x3 doses until pain drops below a 4 on a scale of 1-10. If the pain subsides after taking a nitro, then you should be okay and follow up with your physician in the morning. If she needs to take all 3 I would still goto the ER and get it checked out. 4) A family history of heart disease means that genetically you and your mother both are pre-disposed to a greater chance of heart disease. 5) CHF or Congestive Heart failure is basically when part of the heart doesnt work that well. LEFT SIDED Heart failure is characterized by: gurgling breath sounds (fluid in lungs), shortness of breath, diziness.... RIGHT SIDED Heart Failure is characterized by: Generalized EDEMA--> which is basically fluid leaking into the interstitial compartment—>which basically you would see as swelling of the ankles or feet—>this is usually painless, but can be uncofortable and eventually can lead to pain as the skin can only stretch so far.

    *********A good rule of thumb is you dont mess around with things like HEART problems, Neurological defecits, strokes, etc etc. GO SEE A PHYSICIAN

    Texas Nurse

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