strong heart beat in stomach
Hi everyone. I'm worried. I am a 37 year old female. No history of problems except for a heart murmur (innocent) and an umbilical hernia from 2 twin pregnancies. Majorly separated abdominal muscles.
Here's the deal. A little while ago I started noticing (especially at night) that I have a very strong pulsating feeling in my stomach, kind of right near or above my belly button. It is much stronger than the heartbeat in my chest. When I look at my stomach I can see it moving up and down. I'm concerned because I read that this can be a sign of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. I know that it is very rare in younger women. However, so was naturally conceiving two sets of twins and that happened to me!
It also should be noted that when I lay down at night my stomach tenses up in different places, like the abdominal muscles involuntarily contract. I will get a hard bulge like on my bottom right side, then that will go away, and then it will show up on the top near my sternum, etc. It moves around. I have no idea what that means, maybe digestive, maybe not related.
Anyway, do you think my hernia could be causing me to feel my heartbeat more strongly there, because it's "open"? I'm very nervous. I should also let you know that I have lost a lot of weight recently...maybe just being skinny could make me feel it more? Please help and give me some insight. I am really scared, I have 4 kids and I'm young and I have my whole life ahead of me.