Left side pain when lying horizontally
Long story short, on the advice of my pulmonologist I went to the ER last Friday for a chest CT due to pain (heaviness/pressure) inside my left ribs. After 36 hours and very numerous tests, including two CTs, ECG, treadmill stress test with echocardiogram, xray, blood tests, etc., there was no diagnosis.
This pain or pressure only presents itself when I’m lying flat, either on my back or my stomach. After 15-20 minutes, it feels like an elephant is sitting on my left side ribs! Something (gravity?) changes when I move from vertical to horizontal that triggers this acute heaviness. The CTs apparently did not show any fluid in the lungs that might be the culprit. There has been no trauma to the area.
What are we missing? Have any of you experienced a similar problem?
Thanks in advance for your insights!
74 years old
Combined PF and Emphysema
Diagnosed in 2020, symptoms for a few years prior
FVC – 75%
DLCO – 40%
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