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Forum Name: Cardiology Symptoms

Question: severe cramping in the heart

 joann0765 - Fri Sep 19, 2008 10:43 am

Last night I was awoken by severe cramping in the upper chest area, just above the breast. It felt like when you get cramping in the back of your leg, same kind of pain, I wasn't able to move or get out of bed and had shortness of breath.
It went on about 20 min. My husband figured it was probably a muscle cramp and suggested I lay on my back with my arms up to stretch/relax the muscle and it did seems to help relieve the cramping thought not the pain but I finally relaxed enough to get back to sleep. This morning the area feels really tender and I feel really tired. I am a 40 yrs old women and I am a smoker. Do I have any cause for concern or was my husband probably right ??
 John Kenyon, CNA - Wed Oct 01, 2008 11:01 pm

User avatar Hi there -

Based on the description of the event, plus the location and nature of the pain, but especially because of the tenderness in the affected area the next morning, I would have to say your husband was probably right on the money. Sometimes we can stretch in our sleep and cause a very painful muscle spasm and that sounds exactly like what you experienced. Hopefully this won't become a routine thing, but it really does sound muscular.

I hope this helps ease your mind. Best of luck to you.

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