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Old 08-22-2008, 07:57 AM   #1
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Question Off and On Pulsating in Abdomen?

For the past week or so, I've been having a pulsating feeling just above and to the left of the navel. It is 'not' a constant feeling but comes and goes.

My dr. said he couldn't 'feel' an abdominal aortic aneurysm but wants to rule it out with a CT scan next Tuesday. It feels sooooo far away!

My question (I forgot to ask my dr.) is: would an aneurysm be a 'constant' pulsating? If not, does anyone else have any idea what it could be? Dr. said let's wait to get the results and we'll take it from there. I just want some input from anyone who has had the same symptoms.

Thanks to you all!


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Old 08-22-2008, 09:25 AM   #2
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Re: Off and On Pulsating in Abdomen?

Are you doing a lot of ab exercises? I get a similar twitching on my left side, just below the rib cage. Kind of felt like something was moving around in that spot, weird feeling. I notice it only happened when I really work my abs. I was ruling it out as twitchy tired muscles.

Old 08-22-2008, 11:42 AM   #3
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Re: Off and On Pulsating in Abdomen?

***AAA is an emergency and can be dx quickly by a simple ultrasound***

I had one after my dad died of AAA. It takes five minutes.

I suspect your doctor doesn't think it's AAA and that's why he's doing a CT scan which can pick up a myriad of disorders - abscesses, an inflamed colon, pancreatitis, lymphoma, diverticulitis, appendicitis, etc.

PS - the pulsating in AAA is usually constant.

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Old 08-25-2008, 05:56 AM   #4
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Re: Off and On Pulsating in Abdomen?

No ab exercises and no extensive exercising or lifting. (I sit too much at the computer.)

Auntie Leela, the fact that you said an aneurysm is usually constant pulsing, I'm relieved. Mine is off and on.

Tomorrow is the day. Please keep me in your prayers.



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