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August 18th, 2010
Stomach vibrations, crawly feeling
I'd had the weird vibrating feeling in my abdomen for years. It's worse at night and if I drink caffeine. I think it is related to restless leg syndrome. The symptoms are almost identical except for the location.
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replied November 6th, 2015
I have Crohn's. I'm in remission now and have been eating most anything I want. When I went off the pain meds completely (August of this year) I developed this jittery/jumpy feeling and other effects. After Googling the symptoms, I put it off on withdrawals from the pain meds; even though I tapered off the meds. Eventually the effects stopped. I started drinking tea again (not everyday but still frequently) and the jittery/jumpy feeling in my stomach and chest is back also. I did not have any tea yesterday and ate a soft content lunch and dinner and this morning I'm feeling a lot better. I drink coffee in the morning, but it's decaff. I agree, I think its the caffeine. I will stay away from it and see what happens.
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replied August 18th, 2010
Hi! Many thanks for your question on eHealth forum!

The symptoms of vibrations could be due to gastric reflux or even due to hiatal hernia. Take a late night snack. Raise head end of bed. Take Omeprazole empty stomach in morning and an antacid gel at bedtime. Refrain from smoking, alcohol, fuzzy drinks, caffeine, and spicy food. See if this helps.

In a thin built person, normal pulse of the abdominal aorta can be felt. This is a normal finding. Another possibility is a strong heartbeat being conducted to the stomach area. Again it could be a normal finding or it could be due to a heart condition. However it could also be an aneurysm. This can be diagnosed and treated by a vascular specialist and an angiogram not ultrasound is done to detect it.

Please consult a cardiologist to start with. You may need to consult a vascular specialist.
Hope this helps. Take care!
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replied August 21st, 2010
Well I certainly think it's nerves and have been monitering what I'm thinking about right after it starts. Anytime it's worry, it happens but once I start thinking comforting thoughts, it subsides.

I posted here just a few days ago, but I have an update!

After experiencing this for the last few weeks I think I may have found a solution...at least it is working wonderfully for me anyway. I don't really know how I even discovered it, it actually just came beautifully about. Some may appreciate this natural approach, others not so much, but if it works, that's all that really matters.

Not only have I been keeping my thoughts on pleasing things as much as possible, but I recently purchased two stands of the beads Apache Gold and Hematite. Whenever my tummy feels slightly uncomfortable, I place the beads on my lap and sit quitely for a few moments. Then it goes away. I don't know why, but this is working for me so all I can do is thank all that is good in the world and share this info. If it helps just one of you (now or in the future), that's good enough for me!! : D Very best all!! I hope you find the relief you need.
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replied August 30th, 2010
spasm under sternum
Ok, we all know we have but does anyone know why????????????????????????????
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replied August 30th, 2010
spasm under sternum
Ok, we all know we have but does anyone know why????????????????????????????
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replied November 7th, 2010
Spasm sternum/ GERD
I'm so happy to read all the posts. I'm going crazy and I always think the worst. I have not been able to figure out what causes mine but it sounds like it could be hormones and stress...both would apply to me. This is so uncomfortable and so out of the blue. I have had NOTHING wrong with me for more than 20yrs then suddenly I'm getting tested for everything because of my recent severe GERD and now this spasm. I'm researching the spasms not because I'm in the middle of an uncomfortable moment...
Thanks for all your posts!
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replied March 3rd, 2011
Abdominal flutters/contractions
I got on here looking for some explanation for the same symptoms--a fluttering, slight contraction feeling just below my ribs on the right side--always in exactly the same spot. There's no pain at all, even when I press on it, but it happens on a fairly regular basis. I'm a teacher and feel like there's always some stress, but I've been under stress before and never felt this. It's weird. I'm very healthy, so I'm curious to know what's causing it.
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replied July 7th, 2011
Vibrating near the stomach and ribcage
I have read most of the comments above and I have experienced similar vibrations near my ribcage. This is the second time I have experienced these feelings as if someone cut out a square near my stomach and placed a pager inside me. The first time it started, I went to see my Doctor. I gained 70 pounds in 9 months and was drinking alcohol excessively. My Doctor tested my liver enzymes which were elevated way above the average number which is between 1-40. Mine was 148. I decided to diet and exercise and lost the pounds and the vibrations went away. Just recently I gained the weight back and the vibrating symtoms returned. I strongly believe it has to do with diet, exercise, alcohol, and stress.
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replied January 5th, 2012
Alcohol-related ??
I think Neilz9 is right.
I have had this for over 6 months now. It comes and goes.
Feels like a carbonated bubbling soda under my right breast or in my sternum area.
I began to drink more than I should over the past couple of years. Before I drank alcohol I never had this. Then drinking, and now these odd weird sensations. They don't hurt. They really feel like a highly carbonated soda bubbling inside my skin just above my stomach below my breast or in the center where my sternum is.
I figured I had something really wrong. After reading these posts, (thank God for Google!) I honestly believe that this is an alcohol-related issue (at least in my case).
I am going to cut back and see if it changes anything and makes this go away.
I should mention I am 45 years old, female, with no history of problems. I also just quit smoking.
I have two teenagers, and an elderly mom across the street, hence my stress.
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replied July 17th, 2011
Stomach vibrations
Same thing started with me a couple weeks ago and it's fairly constant. I'm sure it's stress related as I was experiancing the highest stress level I have ever had in my life during a month long work project away from home with lots of things going on at once. I've had complete lab work done and an EKG recently so I'm pretty healthy. I feel better with exercise and worse with stress. Going to step up my exercise and take some probiotics and see how it goes!
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replied September 1st, 2011
Dealing with Stress and Anxiety test
Hi, I would like to share my story with you. I've been undergoing a lot[major] of stress/anxiety due to finding work/supporting myself and trying to figure out future plans. I have a stable environment and don't exercise much but an average healthy 21 year old individual. I used to smoke and drink alcohol recently and have quit to try and stop the bad habits that they are. I also use the computer A LOT [5+ hours daily which is strenuous on the eyes] Lately there's been a "fluttering/spasm" in my lower left abdominal area midway between my side and bellybutton. I have had panic attacks before in the past and never received any treatment or help to relieve the stress or anxiety. I believe this to be the trigger as to other symptoms I have as well. [Sweaty hands, abdominal discomfort, increased heart rate, headaches] I'm going to the mec tomorrow to see if there's any physical evidence of what this problem may be. [hopefully nothing serious because there are some serious conditions which those symptoms] Also i'm going to work out every morning for a complete hour [5:30a.m.-6:30a.m.] to see if any of these symptoms subside over time. I'll also read a book in silence[except for maybe bugs chirpin!] for 45 minutes before sleep every night for 2 weeks. I haven't seen too much feedback on if anyone has recovered from these but some have said it's majorly from stress/anxiety. Once the two weeks are over i'll post any changes or notices in body symptoms. I wish you all luck in trying out stress/anxiety relieving methods because it doesn't go away on its' own. It only seems to get worse in my opinion Take care and i'll post in 2 weeks. luvcomp
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replied October 27th, 2011
I have had these symptoms for about 4 years now. Nobody can figure out what is causing it. I've been told they are some sort of muscle spasm, but not much seems to help. I noticed that I have pain and stiffness in the area when I bend over. Sometimes I just have the uncomfortable fluttering feeling, like something is moving back and forth inside. When I have pain it radiates through to my upper/middle back. I can feel it when I turn or twist my upper back from side to side. I think the muscle or nerves in that area might have been damaged from the H-pylori (stomach bacteria) infection I had a few years ago.
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replied November 19th, 2011
Fluttering, spasms, weird sensations under sternum
Byrdie, it's been about 7 yrs for me. What initially brought on these fluttering sensations, or spasms was overheating greasy food. I went for a few weeks taking all different antacid medications, did stretching exercises, nothing made them stop. So I went through every test imaginable, from the HIDA scan, barium swallow, MRI, sonograms, endoscopy and the best guess was my gall bladder. I had that removed and I knew 5 minutes after waking that wasn't the issue! They tell me I have a slight hiatal hernia and probably GERD, and stree/anxiety. I went on Lexapro for the next 5 years and the symptoms were gone, hallelujah! Well, silly me thought I should try to get off mess as my life seemed normal, but after about 10 months the darn fluttering stuff is back. This is unnerving for sure and I haven't been back to my new gp to discuss it. I am now going to try losing weight, about 30 lbs and maybe get back into yoga. I will come back to this discussion and post any progress and see what others are doing. Good luck everyone with this bizarre feeling!
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replied November 20th, 2011
Spasms/vibrations Below Sternum!!!
this has been going on with me for several months. Along with the vibrating feeling below my sternum, it's like a tight band around that area as well and my stomach is distended. So glad I'm not the only one! It's probably stress related, but I still don't know for sure and it has been intrumental (along with a bout of that flu) in triggering panic attacks, which I've never had major problems with before. Mostly over the brochitis from that flu, but everything else continues. It is uncomfortable and upsetting. I suspect some of it is related to poor posture, which can also cause nerve damage, so am going to try exercises for bettering my posture.
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replied November 25th, 2011
Dr. Kokil Mathur wrote:
Hi! Many thanks for your question on eHealth forum!

The symptoms of vibrations could be due to gastric reflux or even due to hiatal hernia. Take a late night snack. Raise head end of bed. Take Omeprazole empty stomach in morning and an antacid gel at bedtime. Refrain from smoking, alcohol, fuzzy drinks, caffeine, and spicy food. See if this helps.

In a thin built person, normal pulse of the abdominal aorta can be felt. This is a normal finding. Another possibility is a strong heartbeat being conducted to the stomach area. Again it could be a normal finding or it could be due to a heart condition. However it could also be an aneurysm. This can be diagnosed and treated by a vascular specialist and an angiogram not ultrasound is done to detect it.

Please consult a cardiologist to start with. You may need to consult a vascular specialist.
Hope this helps. Take care!


doctor Rolling Eyes Dear DR Mathur, I partially agree with your general answer. But I myself have these fluttery feelings which is really unnerving even though I am myself a physician trained in India and US as well as a scientist. It is not transmitted Aortic pulse. It is not cardiac palpitation. It is too superficial to be a gall bladder or choledocal spasm and many people describing it dont even have a gall bladder. It could definitely be esophageal spasm for some of the people. But mine does not feel like it because it is not associated with any feeling of retching or something like that. So All I am left with are Stomach and Large intestine.. Though I underwent EGD and colonoscopy and nothing was found.. and my gastroenterologists suspects it is more to do with colonic bacteria.. but the sudden high physical amplitude frog jumping kind of feeling in the epigastrium, more frequently on the right side gives me a vague feeling as if a segment of my stomach is twitching and gurgling back and forth.. It could be some sort of variant of irritable bowel problem.. but these vibrations often transmitting aginst the diaphragm, irritating the heart increase the stress even further and I wonder if some one can suggest any grand mothers potion (I am planning to go harbal and try may be pudin hara or some menthol stuff or Jal Zeera ) to quickly stop this and preventing it from repeating. Any suggestions from the forum. does anybody who has it hmself or herself found it to work. ( Dont want to hear from people who has not undergone this experience themselves get me general education about food or fungal toxins glance )
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replied November 30th, 2011
Symptoms with pregnancy
I am having spasms/burning pain in my upper abdomen, below my rib cage. I am pregnant and started noticing it once I got bigger, I have attributed it to my uterus pressing on my intestines or stomach and feeling the peristaltic movement of the GI system. My OB agrees that is most likely what it is. My question is how many of the people who have experienced this are overweight and may be feeling the same thing? Has anyone lost weight and had the symptoms go away? I am hoping that once I have this baby the symptoms will be gone because although it does not hurt that bad, it is really annoying. I also agree that it may be stress related because being pregnant with my first child I am slightly stressed/anxious about the whole process.
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replied March 13th, 2012
Update from brunna on fluttering in sternum.
Had another couple of days with the irritating spasms in my sternum. Again, I think it's mostly from eating foods high in fat content (McD's quarter pounder with cheese) that set it off. They still unnerve me a bit, but I deal with it. I have lost 7 lbs so far and am exercising more, so I will keep coming back here to see if anyone has any luck with a better cure. Thanks all!
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replied April 19th, 2012
I have been having the spasms in my sternum or diaphragm area for 16 years or more. Previously i have had all the tests known to man and the drs can find nothing. They put it down to stress BUT,
Today I saw a different doctor who explained what he thought it was.
I have a fast metabolism, low blood pressure and an increased heart rate. The dr seems to think its related to the fast heart rate pumping blood through my body faster and because im petite, I can feel the blood rushing to the stomach/diaphragm more easily as there is no fat to insulate it, combined with excess stomach acids this can also put pressure on the aorta and cause a rush of blood.
he actually managed to replicate the symptoms right there on the exam table by putting pressure on my aorta. The symptoms started straight away and when he checked my pulse, it was up.
he is running some bloods to check my thyroid and a few other things but he is convinced he right.
BTW he also said its nothing to worry about, nothing bad will happen to me as a result. which is a huge releif after suffering for 16+ years
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replied July 15th, 2012
Vibration in upper abdomen
I am gluten intolerant and was diagnosed with b12 deficiency 1 1/2 years ago. At about that same time, I started getting a vibration in my upper abdomen, usually at night. This went on for several months. After going on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, I discovered that caffeine and chocolate (which I elimated on this diet) were causing the vibration. After about 6 months of no problems, I decided to treat myself to some chocolate. That night, the vibration returned. Same thing has happened when I've tried to have any caffeine.
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replied September 28th, 2012
vibration and rumbling on my esophagus
I also have some vibration going up the esophagus, it's like something rumbling and if I have my mouth open it sounds as if I have a frog inside my throat. You can barely hear it but when I have this condition and my wife is close to me she can hear it. The good news is that I can identify exactly when that is going to happen and that is when eating bread, pasta, cake or high sugar treats (candy, etc.). Basically with the "forbidden" carbs. This doesn't happen with fruit, vegetables or even potatoes. Only grains/flours and sugars. Fortunately after reading Gary Taubes' Good Calories Bad Calories I dropped all grains and sugars out from my diet and the vibration has gone away. Unfortunately when I go to restaurants or eat out with friends and the carbs are inevitable, the frog comes back again. Basically keep a paleo/SCD/GAPS diet, high in fat, and if you are like me you will not have the vibration anymore.
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replied April 7th, 2013
Muscles,heart problems
Hi, I have had quite a few more symptoms than most I have read unfortunately. I smoke and have done for years and over the past four years have been getting constant coughs. 6 months ago u started to get twitching in face and a pain just above my wrist. It felt likes nerve pain. I took pain killers and had to get on with it. Then my husband become seriously I'll with phenomia in December 2012 and a lot of stress. I then become really poorly, no cough but green phlegm and tightness on lungs. I saw my doctor and he said I had pluracy and broncitis. After a month the steroids and antibiotics stopped the green plelm but heart palpitations and tightness persisted along with twitching muscles, tightness in head, serious fatigue, ear problems, bleeding gums, neck tightness and arms, my heart is having to work harder. I've been back and fourth to hospital but because my bloods are normal and X-ray they just send me away. I have finally got my doctor to take me seriously and he has given an appointment with a blood specialist. I'm destrout as I don't know what it is. It feels almost like my nervous system isn't working or muscular. Could anyway pks advise as I have now been ill for 4 months and it has taken over my life?
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replied April 27th, 2013
Uncomfortable feeling below sternum
I started getting an uncomfortable feeling in the same area, I think from doing sit ups. I did them for several months with no problem. Then I stopped when I had a bad cold for a few weeks. Not too long after I resumed exercising, I noticed the weird kind of 'tight' feeling there. No pain, just a strange tightness. Makes me think I pulled a muscle or have a hernia there. The feeling seems to be relatively constant.
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