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Loud clicking in my chest

I've had this occasionally in the past, but last night had a really loud episode!

When I lay down in bed--on my back, propped on three pillows as usual--after a short time I heard loud clicks coming from my chest (I was NOT hearing it via the inside of my head, because when I plugged my ears I could not hear it).

These clicks were DEFINITELY in time to my pulse as felt in my wrist, although occasionally the clicks would "skip" a pulse-beat or two (in other words, I would feel the pulse beat but there wouldn't be a click).

I've had this phenomenon before, at least twice with the LOUD clicking--like a loud clock ticking.

More often it's been a quieter, hollow "dripping" sound (again, in time with my pulse with some "skips"), sometimes the hollow "drip" sound immediately followed by a kind of smooshy/swishy sound. In these cases I seem to hear it just as well, if not better, when my ears are plugged, indicating that it's coming up via my Eustachian tubes or skull bones or whatever.

But last night was different--the Peter-Pan-crocodile phenomenon!!

What the heck is this!?

An internist told me in 2000 that I had a very slight heart murmur, but I'm sure this couldn't be due to a slight heart murmur. I've never had follow-up on that, nor has any doctor listened very carefully to my heart.

Is it POSSIBLE that when I lie on my back, the heart is pulsing against some other structure that causes this loud clicking noise? It does seem to occur more frequently when I go to bed on a full stomach.

ANY info or ideas appreciated! Don't want to bring it up with my doctor because I've been labeled a hypochondriac in the past (by a neurologist) and I don't want to perpetuate that fiction. I don't have any problems like shortness of breath or chest pain.

Nancy T.
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