Hi there and thank you for the question. I am a Registered Nurse and will be happy to help you today.
This ultrasound, what body part was it of?
heart and chest
I would recommend at this point, you need an ultrasound of your abdomen to visualize this area
then possibly a CT scan
any possibilities in your mind of what it could be?
it is not totally abnormal to see and feel the heartbeat in the abdomen, but if it is keeping your from sleeping and resting I would highly recommend further testing.
normally, the heartbeat sensation is not enough to cause a person to lose sleep..
do you have a lot of anxiety about this?
it doesnt wake me up, but its annoying enough to keep me from relaxing. Lately I have had anxiety about it, but even when I have forgotten about it, it reminds me it is still there.
I understand..I will tell you that it is completely normal to feel a pulsating in the abdomen but a heavy pulsation could signify an abdominal aortic aneursym...now, I know that did not help your anxiety level but I have to mention it
This is caused by a weak spot in the wall of the artery that leads to inflation
That is fine, I would rather you be straight with me. You dont think they wouldve checked that during the ultrasound of the aorta?
no, it cannot be detected when doing a cardiac ultrasound...needs to be of the abdomen
Where do I go to get this done?
with specific instructions to rule out the aneursym
you can go to the ER and have it done there or you can visit your regular dr and have them order it and send you to the hospital or other outpatient setting to have it done
could this be life threatening, if it is indeed what I have?
Yes, of course. A stable aneursym is checked periodically but if found to be a large aneurysm and one that you have no history with (new), surgery may be done to correct it.
Ok - I am thinking I may go to the ER, what do I say to make sure they dont blow me off, or re-direct me to some other test?
The thing is...you are uncomfortable and have something bothering you that needs checked out. If yours is a normal pulsation, then it may be something you will have to get used to..otherwise, if not, it will need correcting. Just tell them you have spoken to a triage nurse online and was advised to have an abdominal ultrasound for the pulsation that you have been bothered with. Explain to them how it has been keeping you awake and making you anxious about it.
On a side note - I have a history of IBS and stomach spasms. Sometimes I take some apple cider vinegar to calm my stomach down. I notice when I take it that the pounding is more proficient. Any relevance to that?
I don't think you will have to convince them too much...they will want to cover themselves to make sure you are not in danger...they are not in business to blow folks off too much (or at least I hope not). Normal movements are also normal with bowel peristalisis, but it would not be a heartbeat. If you are seeing a pulsation every time your heart beats, it is not your bowels moving around (with IBS)
Ok, I think that is all I have
ok, good deal. I would go ahead and get this checked out to make sure everything is okay and also to help lower your anxiety level so you can rest. I hope it is just a normal heartbeat that you are noticing.
It has been a pleasure helping you...good luck!