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Rumbling intestines and palpitations when lying down on right side... Weird!

Hi everyone,

I am 31, male and for a couple of months I have some weird symptoms, on and off. It started with having short episodes of PAC's (ectopic heartbeats caused by electrical disturbances) at night. I had them checked and monitored, and the docs have established they are PAC's and benign. Pfew.

During that first 'episode', my tummy was rumbling badly and making lots of noises. I thought they were connected and I still think so.

Now I have started to notice a pattern. When I am in bed, lying on my left side, nothing happens. No rumbling, no bloated feeling in my intestines, no palpiations.

When lying down on my right side however, after a few seconds my belly starts to feel bloated and my intestines start rumbling. Sometimes I feel some weird stuff in my heart too, sometimes palpiations.

So, I know that lying on your right side is 'harder' on the stomach and intestines because of compression and stomach fluids and such, but I have slept on my right side for 30 years without problems...
So what might have caused this sudden onset of more digestive problems that manifest themselves when lying on the right side?

I have had ECG's and an Event Recorder (and even captured some PAC's) and the doc's don't think I have a heart problem. So, this is problaby a digestive disorder then. (Silent) Reflux? hiatal hernia? Anyhing else?

I have no real digestive problems or bowel problems. No vomiting or weird stools, and feel nothing during the day. I do have sometimes post nasal drip.

If anyone has any idea, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much!
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The vagus nerve is connected with both the digestive system and heart regulation so you have irritation of the vagus nerve.  Lying on the right side of the body can aggravate the vagus nerve.

You might have silent acid reflux also called laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). Symptoms can include chronic cough, hoarseness, frequent throat clearing, a lump-like sensation in the throat, and postnasal drip. But you may also have a food sensitivity which can also cause postnasal drip. Common food sensitivities are gluten, corn, soy, peanuts and pasteurized dairy.

Causes of reflux include low stomach acid and a hiatus hernia.  Dr Jocker's article "Causes and Symptoms of Low Stomach Acid" goes into a lot more detail if you want to read through it.

"Main Causes of Low Stomach Acid:

1) OverUse of Anti-Biotics
2) H Pylori Infection
3) Chronic Stress
4)  Poor Diet (A diet rich in processed foods, sugars, grains, etc)
5)  Eating Too Quickly or on the Go
6)  Overuse of NSAIDs
7)  Using Proton Pump Inhibitors
8)  Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
9)  Aging
10)  Food Sensitivities"

Causes and Symptoms of Low Stomach Acid:
Thanks Red_Star. I think what you say is very plausible. Will look into it more. Cheers!
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