Bear with me...So, my rheumatologist sent me to a gastroenteroligist for some upper right abdominal pain. He basically told me I was in the wrong place because I also have been urinating a gross amount of blood off and on and apparently should see a urologist instead. However, he went ahead and proceeded to do an examination of my stomach anyway.
He mashed all around but in the center middle-ish part above my navel it really was quite....uncomfortable. It almost felt like he was mashing something firm but yet not firm. I wasn’t going to say anything but then he said, “Your abdominal pulse is REALLY strong.” He just kept saying that over and over...and mashing all around. He was so amazed. I finally said, “Yeah I don’t know what “that” is that you are mashing right there but it hurts.” He just kept on though about my abdominal aortic pulse and feeling my stomach. I thought maybe he was just impressed...I don’t know. Haha. I’ve been able to see the pulsing in my stomach since I had my daughter almost 3 years ago. I never thought of that as being abnormal. My husband had commented on it before, but again..I just thought I had a really good pulse.
The gastroenteroligist never once mentioned anything about an abdominal aortic aneurysm but he did say immediately after examining me that he was sending me for a CT scan “just in case.” I assumed he meant..in case I had some gastro problems. Now I have made the mistake of googling abdominal aortic pulse because I couldn’t get it out of my head, the way he kept going on about it. Haha. Wouldn’t he have given me a heads up though if he thought I had an aneurysm?
Also, I’m only 25. I have played hard in my life and had a lot of accidents, sports injuries, etc. I like to think of myself as pretty healthy though. Except for a list of autoimmune issues and some new neuro issues...haha.. And some chest pains and terrible circulation. I did have a heart murmur as a child and heart disease runs in my family, but no AAA’s. So please just tell me I’m worrying about nothing.