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When I lie on my back my chest feels tight and very

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When I lie on my back my chest feels tight and very uncomfortable - as if the blood flow is being restricted. Earlier tonight my partner was lying on top of me (don't ask...:) and the sensation in my chest was really unpleasant. When he took his weight off my chest it felt a lot better. But I still feel a bit uncomfortable in the chest - not pain now. I'm a little concerned - should I go see a doctor about it? Maybe I just get squashed! I wonder if it is just pressure on an artery?


Since when are your symptoms?

Do you have breathlessness on lying down or on physical exertion like climbing stairs?

Do you have loss of appetite, recent increase in weight, lethargy, cramps, joint and muscle pains?

Any significant past medical illness?

Are your periods normal?

Are you on any kind of medicines?

Dr. Arun

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Well for a long time I havent felt comfortable lying on my back - but have noticed it more in the last year. I'm not very fit so yes I get a bit breathless climbing stairs. No loss of apetite etc

Have gone through early menopause 6 years ago...recenlty started low dose HRT.

Take 20 mgs Cipramil per day - have done for years - helps with anxiety and sleep problems.

I wonder if it is just pressure on the main artery when I am on my back as happens with pregnant women? I used to get the same feeling when I was pregnant with my children.


The possibilites to look for your symptoms would be;

1) Osteoporosis; a calcium deficiency can involve not only bones but also the muscles. This can cause chest wall weakness.

2) Spinal radiculopathy

3) Iron deficiency anemia

You should get following investigations done;

1) Serum calcium

2) Anemia Panel

3) Dexa Scan

4) Chest x-ray

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

Dr. Arun

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