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I've never had this issue before. I'm a 43 year old female.

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I've never had this issue before. I'm a 43 year old female. I feel like a pulsing under my rib cage. Honestly, it feels like a baby kick right in the middle under my rib cage. Been going on for a few hours.
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: No. Only meds I took today was a very low dose or something I take for my thyroid.
JA: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?
Customer: Just the thyroid med. I am not allergic to any medications.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I've been under a lot of stress lately. No other significant medical issues.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your question.
I am Dr Saha, I shall try my best to help you.
Do you have any other symptom? pain?

Do you feel any lump there?

How is your pulse rate?
Did you have any test recently?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
My muscles above are sore in that area. I did go back to the gym yesterday after 3 weeks off. But I'm only sore in the area above the pulsing. The pulsing literally feels like tiny baby kicks. (I am not pregnant). I do not feel a lump. I do not know how to check my pulse. I have not had any tests done recently.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Actually I went back to the gym Tuesday. Not yesterday. And I'm just noticing the soreness now.
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 1 year ago.

Do you feel soreness on pressure?

What does increase it?

How is your usual blood pressure?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I did not have pain earlier today when I felt the spasms or whatever starting. Seems to be increasing. I usually run low BP. I can check that. My dad is here with a machine.
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 1 year ago.

Please check it & let me know.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It's 136/89. Which is high for me. My pulse is 86.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
My BP is usually 110/something in the 60s or 70s.
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for all the information,
There can be a few causes for the feeling of pulsation.
It can be transmitted pulse from large artery of abdomen.
There can be increased heart rate or irregularity of rhythm like extrasystole which can make you aware of the pulsation.
Other cause can be contraction of intestine or stomach.
This can be from gas.
However, I would advise you to take an examination by doctor.
Though gas or stomach issues are not serious but you need to rule out heart issues.
Your BP is also higher than normal now.
EKG, ultrasound, echo would be helpful.
I hope this information helps.
If there’s anything else I can do, please let me know.
If you are satisfied, please rate my answer as good or excellent.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Do I need to be worried about something like an abdominal aneurysm. Or could this be likely stress related. We are under storm warnings here in Florida. My street is flooded. I'm kind of stuck put at the moment.
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 1 year ago.

Usually an aneurysm is felt as a pulsating lump.
However, you need to rule it out by an examination in person.
An ultrasound will help in this regard.
Stress can be associated with increased or irregular heart rate.