Q. Why do I get right-sided chest pains when I sleep on my side?

Answered by
Dr. Divakara. P
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 11, 2017 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hello doctor,

I used to have right-sided chest pains, only when I sleep on my side. But since today, I feel a constant pain in my chest. Why am I having constant chest pain? Should I be worried?



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Thanks for posting your query.

  1. Since how long it is paining?
  2. How is the pain? Is it burning, pricking or catching?
  3. Is the pain localized to the chest or does it radiate to the abdomen or back?
  4. Do you have a cough or breathing difficulty?

Kindly revert with these details.

Revert with more information to a pulmonologist online -->

Hello doctor,

Thank you for replying. I have these chest pains since a month. It is a catching kind of a pain and it is localized to the chest. I do not have a back pain. But I do have a very mild cough.



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  • Pain from a month is unlikely due to a muscle catch unless your sleeping position is abnormal. If you are sleeping in normal position and if you are not riding a two-wheeler every day for more than four hours, then I do not consider it to be a muscle catch.
  • It has to be something in the chest, the presence of a cough also supports it. It could be pleurisy, that is the inflammation of the lung covering, or a lung infection. I would recommend you to get a chest x-ray done and revert with the report.
  • Till then, I suggest you try using tablet Zerodol-MR (combination of Aceclofenac, Paracetamol, and Tizanidine), two times a day. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and start taking the medicines after their consent.

For further queries consult a pulmonologist online.---

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