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What Are These Symptoms : feeling the pulse ?

I'm concerned about my buddy laurence who has had some strange systems for a few days but has been too busy to get around to making an appointment till this monday, and I was wondering if anyone here could shed some light on what it might be this is what it's described as:

"while laying in bed, or leaning against something, I can feel my pulse in several different parts of my body that i'd normally not be able to feel it. I can press a finger against any part of my body and feel the pulse. Some of my muscles twitch. The pulse feels pretty powerful, unlike the very soft pulse you'd normally have"

it's been plaguing him a few days, and he's having trouble sleeping with it, does this sound familiar to anyone?

He thinks it might be a heart/weight problem, I said it could be stress related since he just started class again this week.
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replied February 13th, 2018
Welcome to e health forum.

It is common for arterial pulsations to become be prominently felt by oneself, which can last for a few seconds to a few minutes.

The underlying cause can be autonomic nerves irritation, causing spasmodic contractions of the vascular smooth muscle within the arterial walls.

In most cases, the issue is benign and subsides on its own with proper rest and relaxation. Management of underlying conditions like anxiety, stress, depression, etc can be helpful to reduce the symptoms.

If the symptoms are not helped or if they become worse, it would be recommended to consult a doctor or a vascular surgeon for a examination and further care.

I hope this helps.

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