Chest ache at night: is this heartburn?
For the last 4-5 nights, soon after getting into bed, I have been experiencing 10-15 minutes of dull uncomfortable ache under my right breast bone. I don't experience the pain during the day. I haven't been eating big or greasy meals--no change in a pretty steady (and good) diet. I usually eat dinner 3-4 hours before bedtime, so no late night snacking. I do feel a slight need to swallow more and/or bit of indigestion along with the occasional need to cough (hard to describe these last three things: just a small bit of feeling like something on the right side hasn't gone fully "down.") Any thoughts on what this could be? After the ache goes away I sleep fine, but when I probe the area the next day it is sore. I'm 50, not overweight, and get plenty of exercise.