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Spasms/vibrations Below Sternum!!! (Page 2)


October 2nd, 2009
I have this same problem as of tonight. Spasms directly behind slightly below the sternum. No pain just odd and uncomfortable. I have a history of anxiety problems which I take pills for and digestive problems (Lactose intolerance, acid reflux, constant runny stool). Started after eating some pizza covered in crushed red pepper. Could be relate to Lactose problems or the spicy part of that meal. Either way anxiety and foods seem to be a common theme amongst this problem.
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replied November 15th, 2009
strong twitching in Sternum
I have developed the same thing in the last week, a rippling, vibrating and sometimes gripping feeling right in the sternum area. I had my gall bladder removed about 18 months ago, and am wondering if that has any connection to this. My gut feeling is that it is more than likely related to stress or some muscle sapsm thing! However, it is very unsettling when it happens. It can happen when I am relaxing and also it can come on after a cough, sneeze or laughter, I want it stop!!! this started after a stressful time at work, perhaps....perhaps...
Anyway, very good to hear of other people's stories, it is somewhat comforting.
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replied March 22nd, 2012
stomach issues
happy..I have same issues! but I had mine removed 25 months ago and switching jobs...
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replied November 17th, 2009
Bloated stomach and fluttering
I have had overwhelming stress within the last couple of years and I've been experiencing these symptoms for well over a year. It seems to be getting worse. I have had an upper GI tract exam, EKG, x-ray, Nexium, Aciphex, blood work found H Pylori positive. I am so discouraged and the fact that no doctor can tell me what is wrong stresses me out even more. I've described this spasm/ fluttering, feeling to several doctors who all look at me like I need to be admitted to a mental hospital! Mine started in the lower right abdomen area but lately, it's moved to the left section just under my left breast and it does feel like a babe is in there but I know that's not the case.

I'm so glad that others have shared their experiences. I really need to know what's going on with me so that I can feel better. Please continue to post.

Thanks
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replied December 13th, 2009
Me too!
I'm having that problem too and glad that I came on here to look it up. I found two main threads regarding this type of feeling, the one here about anxiety and then another about abdominal aortic aneurisms... and while my mother has the latter, I have been diagnosed many times over the years with stress disorders, in particular with IBS. IBS is an anxiety disorder that messes with your intestines & digestive system, it makes your intestines spasm. I haven't felt it like this before and was getting worried but seeing others who have these symptoms that have seen the Dr. and had the same battery of tests that I have had in the past makes me feel better. It is likely a reaction to stress, which I have had a lot of lately. I think I am going to go take an ativan and lay down! Thanks guys Smile
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replied December 17th, 2009
Wow!!! I am so glad I found this page. I have a combination of the symptoms you all have described. I have the "vice grip" feeling that FreewayAmazon described. That area just below my rib cage in between the "V" opening of the rib cage near the top of the stomach tightens up like a knot and it hurts like hell. Sometimes it feels like something like a knot or a ball is rolling up an down. It gets so tight it makes my back hurt for a couple of days after. Then I also get that fluttering feeling, like a heart palpitation, but feels like it's near the top of my stomach. A couple of years ago I was treated for a stomach bacteria called H-Pylori that leads to ulcers and utimately stomach cancer, if its not treated. I don't know where I picked up the bacteria or how. I just know it made me very ill...everytime I ate I felt full and sick. I would have reflux and nausea and always felt bloated. Well, I finally got treated for the bacteria, but the spasms have continued. Mine also starts up when I'm really stressed or anxious. I don't know if the bacteria did some damage to the sternum muscle. But, I just need someone to tell me how to get rid of this thing. The muscle spasm medication that I'm taking--Methocarbamol--helps a little, but not enough. I just want a Dr. to tell me he/she knows what I'm talking about and that I'm not crazy!!!
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replied December 18th, 2009
I have these stomach spasms too. I take prilosec for gerd and have a hiatal hernia. My spasms are def. stress related, but also hormonal. For years I'd have them at the beginning of my cycle, but since I've entered menopause I've been having them constantly. I take simethicone, an anti-gas pill, which helps alot. It's over the counter and pretty benign. I am going to make an appt. with a gastro doc. though.
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replied February 12th, 2010
Fluttering in chest
Hi I've been having weird fluttery feelings in my chest, mostly central but can also be over to the left, some more intense than others, I feel fine in myself and Im fine when I exercise, I had it last year then it went away and now its come back, had it for weeks every day!
Anyone have an idea what it could be?
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replied February 16th, 2010
I'm happy to see many are having the same symptoms. I was worried. Mine started last week and are at the bottom of the V below my sternum. Scary to say the least. If I put my hand over them, I can feel it. I looked at the male anatomy and it looks like perhaps the bottom of the esophogus (sp?) or the stomach. No pain, just vibration. I recently came under stress at work. The stress continues and so does the fluttering. I'm going to try to manage my stress to see if it helps. Good luch to everyone. Jim
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replied March 14th, 2010
Vibrations in my colon
OK, my vibrations are just in my colon. It feels like my cell phone is going off. What the heck is causing this? I was diagnosed with diverticulitis this past January. I guess my colon issues aren't over yet! Ugh!
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replied April 28th, 2010
Stomach Vibration
YES MASH505. That''s what I started experiencing a couple nights ago. It felt like my cell phone was inside of my stomach on vibrate. I felt it stronger the first night, but the magnitude has tapered off since then. I do,however, still get these "sensations" off and on all day, just not to the same degree as the first day. I have also been experiencing cramping in my left side for some time, but Im not sure whether or not the two are related. Since I''m in a constant state of stress with my job, I don''t really notice it when stress increases! Does anyone know what this is?
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replied May 7th, 2010
Vibration feeling in my upper abdomen
I get my strange feelings mostly when I lean forward? They started last Sunday while sitting in church. While they are not painful at all, they are very bothersome and worrisome.
Does anyone experience it this way?
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replied October 27th, 2011
Rib Cage/Sternum "V" Pain
Yes, sometimes when I bend over to tie my shoes or I'm sitting up straight with my legs up on the ottoman or footstool and bend over, I get the tightness in the "v" of my ribcage...feels like a spasm and sometimes the area gets rock hard. It can be very painful at the most and extremely uncomfortable at the least. Sometimes the only thing that helps is to stand up, take deep breaths, and gently massage the area.
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replied November 27th, 2011
tummy vibration
Hello, Found your listing in a forum.

Vibration feeling in my upper abdomen
I get my strange feelings mostly when I lean forward? They started last Sunday while sitting in church. While they are not painful at all, they are very bothersome and worrisome.
Does anyone experience it this way?



Have you figured out what was going on. I am having it too. Mainly when i lean forward and can't be bent over long. Also, i have had Ct scan, hida scan, upper GI, ultrasound, and bloodwork. All was good, but have a hitus hernia. The gastro doc is going to give me nitro to see if it helps with the sharp pains....which come and go. But there is always a dull pain and it feels like a ball is in my upper abdomen.

Let me hear from you please as to if you have figured out your problem yet from 2010.

Myra
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replied May 14th, 2010
I googled the vibration in upper abdomen and chest because I have had the same problem. After reading everyones comments on this I think it is nothing more than some nerve damage to the inside of the digestive system and esophogus. Nerve damage to any part of the body will cause a vibration or fluttering feeling. If you put your cell phone on vibrate and lay it on your leg or tummy and it goes off several times..you will feel it later in the same place when your phone isnt there. It is because the vibration over and over actually deadens your nerve endings to a certain degree to where this happens. I am sure your insides are the same way if you are having alot of acid eating at your inside. Everyone seems to have stress and some kind of digestive probs that is having this also. I have had stomach burn with mine and noises that sound like war going on inside my stomach. I have been eating tums and tagament like its candy for relief. I also have lots of stress going on too. I seen several posts from some time back and so far no one has come back and replied with its really bad or anything like that, so I am going to stop worrying for now and see if it clears up on its own after some time with the meds.I have noticed after I take a tums that the vibration stops for a bit. To all women out there to that are having digestive trouble, if you are over the age of 40 there is a good chance your hormones could be causing it. Unbalanced hormones will lead to bad digestive problems I found out from my Dr. If anyone finds out an answer besides nerve damage, please post. Smile
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replied May 31st, 2010
wow I LOVE GOOGLE>>I am having the same problem..it feels like there is a bumble bee trying to buzz its way out of my body right below the sternum in the middle. I have no pain at all with this odd sensation....I am very curious to know exactly what is causing this. It started today out of no where and has continued all day for about 10 to 15 secs a couple times every hour...I have not had any gallbladder issues at all I might add.... Very Happy
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replied May 31st, 2010
Spasms and vibration feelings in stomach area
I certainly appreciate all the replies! It is, somehow, comforting to know others experience the same feelings. I do believe it is nothing serious. And I like the idea that it might just be some nerve damage in the digestive area. Since mothers day, I have hired myself a personal trainer and have been doing a very virgourous workout about 6 days a week! I wondered if it could have something to do with being somewhat over weight. I've needed to start a weight loss program for a LONG time now! So, at least it did something to motivate me.
Anyhow,what I've noticed about the vibration feelings, is that they are still there, but I have gotten used to them to the point that I don;t really pay attention to it as much. Thank you for all of the replies! It does help!
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replied June 5th, 2010
this could be an intercostal spasm too if there is pain involved... but I agree with the nerve damage. I had my gall bladder out in 08 and have had twitching in the same area since.... it usually doesn't hurt... but when it does it probably has something to do with a muscle spasm... if you haven't had your gall bladder out you may have a problem starting and you should have your doctor order a ultra sound... cheese, peanuts, and chocolate triggered a gall bladder attack every time I ate any of them.
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replied June 11th, 2010
I have had fluttering symptoms in my chest/sternum for over 30 years (off and on). Mine are typically brought on by stress, lack of sleep, physical fatigue, caffeine, etc. Many years ago I had complete heart testing done and ultimately started a beta blocker drug, which helps minimize the flutters. Even after 30 years I still find myself stopping in my tracks when an "episode" happens, but I have been told by various doctors that it is a benign condition.
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replied June 24th, 2010
Feels like a butterfly....
Whew! That's a slight sigh of relief to know that I'm not the only one experiencing some of these symptoms. My fluttering is just at the base of my ribs near the top of my stomach. It started about three weeks ago and doesn't happen everyday. I've notice here recently that it seems to happen when I am REALLY tired. I've been under stress for the past few years for various reasons here and there. I've had an EKG and the doc did find a slight palpitation in my heart. Not sure if that is related to my "fluttering" or not. I'm currently wearing a heart monitor, which I have for 30 days ... grrrrr! But hopefully it will solve the problem. I also have acid reflux real bad. So they put me on Protonix. I've had an ultrasound of my gall bladder and a HIDA scan as well last year. Gall bladder came back normal so that was out of the question. The fluttering sometimes takes my breath or makes me cough. It generally feels like my esophagus is getting tight. There isn't any pain just feels like something is twirling around in there like a butterfly. It's gets worse because I start to panic and get anxious about it. I'm hoping now that I've seen others with this same problem that maybe I can relax more when it happens. I'll keep ya updated when I talk to the doc and see if she has any answers about what this may be. Good luck Smile
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replied June 26th, 2010
don't let symptoms of anxiety impress you too much!
I have experienced these feelings as well and they were a result of extreme anxiety and I am now fully recovered.

I can guarantee that what you are feeling is 99% stressed/anxiety-related, however, I recommend a full health-check by a professional. This will do 4 things:

1. Confirm that there is no physical cause/illness.
2. Confirm that it is only stress/anxiety related.
3. Give you peace of mind.
4. Once you have the above,this will ensure that the anxiety will not perpetuate itself, hence, causing more anxiety and even more symptoms (fear-anxiety-fear cycle).

For those of you on medication for anxiety or stress, I recommend you consult your physician and create a plan to get off the medication permanently. It merely masks the problem, it does not solve it. I also highly recommend the following book: "Complete Self Help for your Nerves" by Dr Claire Weekes.

Live Well!
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replied July 19th, 2010
Stomach vibrates
Mine started about 2 weeks ago. It feels like a tuning fork vibrating in my stomach. Plus, every other week, I throw up all my food. I take anti-depressants for anxiety and depression. Every time I have a colonoscopy, the dr. just removes benign cysts. I think my colon is so stretched, it can't do anything but vibrate.
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replied August 3rd, 2010
imagine a small hosepipe getting squashed and then released, the slight gushing feeling is what i experience, i was wondering if it could be furred up arteries?
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