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Doctor insights on: Is It Normal To Feel A Something Like A Heartbeat On My Upper Left Arm

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Heart Palpitations (Definition)

Palpitations is the symptom, not the diagnosis. They are the 'abnormal awareness of the beating heart'. This can include the heart going to fast, too slow, too hard, irregularly, skipping a beat. The causes are varied eg electrical problems (both sinister and not sinister), extra beats (mostly harmless), anxiety, thyroid problem. If persistent or worrying then get checked for ...Read more


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So my under lip on the left side feels a bit numb going to my chin. and it shows a black/blue discoloration. It also feels a bit tingly. what is this?

So my under lip on the left side feels a bit numb going to my chin. and it shows a black/blue discoloration. It also feels a bit tingly. what is this?

Mystery : The numbness indicate a nerve involvement . The location indicates a facial nerve involvement .the discoloration indicates internal bleeding that rarely happen spontaneously unless you are on a major blood thinner. Most likely indicates trauma . If you do not remember any trauma then it could be on of these unrecognized trauma by applying a make up or touching the door with your face. See a doc ...Read more

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It feels like there is something under my left ribcage. It seems to protrude a little as well. I just had a normal cbc. What could this be?

It feels like there is something under my left ribcage.  It seems to protrude a little as well.  I just had a normal cbc.  What could this be?

Chest exam: You should see your doctor for an evaluation. Usually the protrusion is related to the rib cage bones and sternum, but a physical exam and possibly a chest x-ray would be helpful. ...Read more

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I feel like I am laying on a ball on my left side under upper rib area. It feels like my heart is beating against the ball. Any idea what it could be?

I feel like I am laying on a ball on my left side under upper rib area. It feels like my heart is beating against the ball. Any idea what it could be?

Chest pain: What makes it worse? What makes it better? Are you having any arm or neck pain with it? Given your history it could be an anxiety attack, it could be you heart if any of my 3rd question is yes. You really need to be evaluated to know for sure. Start with your pcp. ...Read more

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When I touch a spot on the lower part of my neck above my collarbone, I feel a strange vibration that's very noticable. It's not my heartbeat. What could it be?

When I touch a spot on the lower part of my neck above my collarbone, I feel a strange vibration that's very noticable. It's not my heartbeat. What could it be?

Thrill: This sounds like you are describing a thrill which may be due to a strong heart murmur or other arterial abnormality. Further evaluation by your medical doctor may be required and may consist of either an echocardiogram or arterial ultrasound. ...Read more

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I can feel my right lung pressing slightly against my ribs and it hurts a little. Sudden onset after wake, is it something to be worried about?

I can feel my right lung pressing slightly against my ribs and it hurts a little. Sudden onset after wake, is it something to be worried about?

Doctor should check: One possibility is symptoms of partial pneumothorax (collapsed lung). Symptoms may include sharp chest pains (especially with breathing), a dry cough, and shortness of breath. If the leaked air is compressing the lungs and heart, it is a tension pneumothorax and symptoms may include a very anxious looking person with trouble breathing or talking, swollen veins in the neck, & bluish skin color. ...Read more

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I have a pulsing on the lower left side of my stomach. It doesn't hurt, just sometimes it feels uncomfortable.. is this normal? What can this be?

I have a pulsing on the lower left side of my stomach. It doesn't hurt, just sometimes it feels uncomfortable.. is this normal?  What can this be?

Intestines?: It's quite possible that you are feeling the movement of your large intestine digesting which can cause the experience of what you are describing. That is my best guess. This is harmless unless you are in severe pain and/or are having difficulty with your bowel movements in which case you should seek medical attention immediately. ...Read more

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I been having a pulsating feeling in my right leg for a day now. It feels like it is twitching rapidly. Is this serious? Or just a muscle spasm?

I been having a pulsating feeling in my right leg for a day now. It feels like it is twitching rapidly. Is this serious? Or just a muscle spasm?

You need exam: this sounds like a muscle twitch (fasciculation), sometimes it is just a benign fasciculation from overuse of the muscle, sometimes it is from a more serious cause like motor nerve, root, or anterior horn problem, you need to see a neurologist for EMG/NCS if it persists ...Read more

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I have a lump on the right side of my throat. It hurts when I turn my head, or touch it. Is this something to worry about or is it just an infection?

I have a lump on the right side of my throat. It hurts when I turn my head, or touch it. Is this something to worry about or is it just an infection?

Needs examination: It is impossible to diagnose this without an examination and more careful review of associated symptoms. See your doctor ASAP. ...Read more

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I have a heartbeat or pulse under my left rib cage. It doesn't really hurt but it's more like annoying and scary. What is this pulse ?

I have a heartbeat or pulse under my left rib cage. It doesn't really hurt  but it's more like annoying and scary. What is this pulse ?

Several things: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I have a sharp jabbing pain in my left side towards my back, when I push on it it feels like a bruise but more internal. Is it an organ, or a strain?

Flank Pain: Could be either muscle strain or internal. Depends on what incidents preceded the pain. Trauma? physical activity? Problems with constipation? Possible kidney issues? So this is probably a "go see a doctor" problem if it is extremely uncomfortable or lasts for days. ...Read more

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My daughter is feeling a pinch sensation on her right side of her chest (1 hour now). It is an on and off thing, It isn't worse with a deep breathe.

My daughter is feeling a pinch sensation on her right side of her chest (1 hour now). It is an on and off thing, It isn't worse with a deep breathe.

This is probably: not something serious in a 15 year old, especially if she is otherwise healthy. Was she exercising before this happened? Is she ill with a fever, cough? any other symptoms? Any history of trauma or a fall? I would recommend if it continues that she see her doctor so that the proper diagnosis, if any, can be made and treatment, if any, can be recommended. ...Read more