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Spasms/vibrations Below Sternum!!! (Page 4)


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November 5th, 2015
I have Crohn’s but am in remission now. I developed this jumpy/jittery feeling in my stomach and chest, along with a pounding heartbeat (not increased rate), sleeplessness, and other effects. I thought might be withdrawals from the pain meds because I was on them for quite a while; even though I tapered off them. These symptoms went away after a few weeks and stayed gone for quite a while, but the jumpy/jittery feeling in my stomach and chest are back again. Makes me feel so bad in general that I don’t feel like doing anything; although I feel better at times when up and moving around. Feel worse when sitting and trying to relax. Eating sometimes helps, but not for long. It must be some of the foods I’m eating, but I have been eating most everything for a while before this feeling started. At a loss!!!!
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replied November 6th, 2015
Since going into remission and feeling comfortable with my eating habits, I started drinking tea again; not every day but still frequently. After reading all the posts in this forum, I decided to complete a little experiment last night. Yesterday and last night I had no tea and ate a safe and soft content lunch and dinner. I feel a lot better this morning. I drink coffee in the mornings, but it is decaf. I’m so in hopes that this is what has been causing this jittery/jumpy feeling in my stomach and chest that pretty much totally incapacitates me to the point of always sitting at home because I don’t feel up to doing anything. I will stay off the tea for a while and see what happens and will post an update.

I certainly hope that everyone on this forum can eventually figure out what is causing this feeling for them as well. I know how irritating and uncomfortable it makes you feel. I have come to realize how important the digestive system is in the whole body functioning together and how it should never be taken for granted; you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Godspeed everyone!!
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replied April 7th, 2016
I have had the same thing and am relieved to hear others with similar feelings. About a year ago these strange sensations started. Currently it feels like a flutter or fast spasm or twitching in my upper abdomen. It is concerning because it is difficult to distinguish whether it is cardiac related or not. I have been to one cardiologist who did not think it was. No doctors have been able to give me a clear diagnosis yet. I have read a lot of people here and other places who think it could be diet or stress related. I feel this could be a possibility. Many have said they were overweight but many said otherwise. I am a carrying extra weight and wonder if that exacerbates it. I also had acute pancreatitis recently caused by gallstones which resulted in having my gallbladder removed. When I was in the hospital I could not eat or drink for a couple days but received IV fluids, I had no spasms/flutter during that time. This istrengthens my suspicion that diet could be related. unfortunately after I returned to normal life the spasms returned. Recently they have been fairly constant. It is quite stressful and as others have posted I wonder if the anxiety feeds the feeling, creating a cycle. My sensations are not painful just irritating and worrisome. I have heard some suggest a magnesium deficient could be the culprit, perhaps I will research that more. I am a 45yo female otherwise in good health. Hope this helps someone. Cheers!
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replied February 5th, 2017
Forgot about this post... it's now, what, 11 years later?! My fluttering turned into big stabby pain when leaning over / tying shoes, but kind of lessened during the rest of the time. As part of s health check the doc came out with a new theory! She said it was muscular, and that a muscle in my back was strained or something, but the nerve ending for it is round the front where my flutter is... ok, I thought... unlikely! Then one random day I did some aqua aerobics and must have pinged and released something... it went... yep... gone. Weird!!!!! Think she was right..
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replied March 5th, 2018
I have been having the same issue, pain in right and center abdominal area just below my sternum and a popping felling when pressing on my xiphod process. Also random lower abdominal pain, gas, etc. It started with high acid reflux about 6 months ago and progressed to abdominal and sternum pain recently. I have had two rounds of blood tests, an EKG, an abdominal ultrasound, and two physicals from two very skilled doctors. One of them had the foresight to have me tested for celiac disease (negative) and a GI Hydrogen Breath Test with Lactulose (for SIBO). The results came back with a high overgrowth of bacteria in my small intestine. We think this (and the acid reflux) may have been caused by low stomach acid. I was a chronic (10 year) daily user of Zyrtec for nasal and skin allergies and it has recently been linked as a cause for low stomach acid, acid reflux and (eventually) SIBO. I stopped using Zyrtec about 8 months ago, cold turkey. I am about to go on a heavy dose of antibiotics tomorrow for 14 days and then a FODMAP diet for a few months afterwards as treatment. I will report back in a few weeks to let you know if it worked. Moral: if you're suffering with something similar, go get a Hydrogen Breath Test with Lactulose for SIBO and a urea breath test for H. Pylori for good measure.
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replied March 5th, 2018
I have been having the same issue, pain in right and center abdominal area just below my sternum and a popping felling when pressing on my xiphod process. Also random lower abdominal pain, gas, etc. It started with high acid reflux about 6 months ago and progressed to abdominal and sternum pain recently. I have had two rounds of blood tests, an EKG, an abdominal ultrasound, and two physicals from two very skilled doctors. One of them had the foresight to have me tested for celiac disease (negative) and a GI Hydrogen Breath Test with Lactulose (for SIBO). The results came back with a high overgrowth of bacteria in my small intestine. We think this (and the acid reflux) may have been caused by low stomach acid. I was a chronic (10 year) daily user of Zyrtec for nasal and skin allergies and it has recently been linked as a cause for low stomach acid, acid reflux and (eventually) SIBO. I stopped using Zyrtec about 8 months ago, cold turkey. I am about to go on a heavy dose of antibiotics tomorrow for 14 days and then a FODMAP diet for a few months afterwards as treatment. I will report back in a few weeks to let you know if it worked. Moral: if you're suffering with something similar, go get a Hydrogen Breath Test with Lactulose for SIBO and a urea breath test for H. Pylori for good measure.
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