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Hi, i have a pulsing sensation in my stomach, right below my belly button. it is keeping me awake. i have had a history with stomach sensitivity to coffee. i had some coffee today. i was wondering if the pulsing is gas bubbles or something more serious? i

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Patrick Connerly
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 50 years experience
Probably: Yes, this can be from gut overactivity stimulated by the coffee. If it persists after no coffee for 13 hours, consider other cause.
Dr. Julie Chao
A Verified Doctoranswered
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Stomach pulse: The stomach pulsation can be caused by hypertension. Do you have high blood pressure? Caffeine can increase heart rate that may also causing the symptoms.
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Pulsation: You are young, and it would be unusual for this to an aneurysm. Actually, if you are thin you can feel your Aorta.
Dr. Louise Andrew
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SO it is probably just the normal pulsing of blood through the largest vessel in your body. Try to find a position to sleep in which you do not notice it.
Dec 19, 2016
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Your aorta: Every trim person has a pulse there. Many of us not discover it as adults. Mention it to your physician on your next visit.

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