Thank you for a thoughtful response! I was kinda thinking along these lines, but being female, I like to talk it out.
The pain - same pain - used to come NOW AND THEN when I turned to my left side. Now it's CONSISTENTLY there, and at Christmas, it woke me up, it was so bad. I laid there for what seemed like hours, debating about whether I was having a heart attack, or if I was just annoyed at my BF and causing myself heartburn.
I decided the next morning I was primarily pissed off.
For one thing - I've never been clear about what heartburn feels like.
I've had chest pains like this all my life. I can remember telling my 6th grade teacher about this pain and she just thought I was "making up stories."
One PCP I told this to dismissed it as "Pleurisy".
And that was the end. No tests, no investigation, nada.
I do get this pain when awake. I'll go through phases with it. I won't have one for ages, then for awhile it's there in one form or another, for a random length of time, daily.
You're probably right. Just get off my ass and go see a Cardiologist.
Of course, as my mother points out, I AM a hypochondriac...