Our team of medical experts are ready to help

Your questions answered

Pat asked...

When I go to bed I have chronic chest pain?

Tags: Digestion

If I eat pastry, bread or cakes and then drink fluids either a cup of tea or pint of beer, I find when I go to bed I have chronic chest pains.

  • mother-thermometer-doctor-at-hand

    Do you need to see a GP quickly?


    Would you like to speak with a doctor by video or phone at a time that suits you?

    Our Doctor@Hand service, delivered by Doctor Care Anywhere, offers a doctor appointment by video or phone at a time that suits you.

The answer

Chest pains that occur only when you lie down and go to bed could well represent the reflux of stomach acids (heartburn). And a very common cause of heartburn is alcohol. An alternative cause could be that you are eating too much just before going to bed, not giving  the food a chance to exit the stomach before lying down. The best way to find what the culprit is, is by doing an exclusion diet. Exclude one thing at a time only, for at least 2 weeks. Monitor your symptoms and then re-introduce it again. If the symptoms become worse again after reintroducing that food stuff, then it could be the cause. There are no tests available for food intolerances, so an exclusion diet is the only method to diagnose them.

Newsletter sign up

Sign up to our monthly newsletter, Better Health, to receive our latest health and wellbeing updates.

Sign up to newsletter