Deathly scared of having an AAA

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I don't know why my mind jumped back to this, but it has and I'm scared stiff. Work has me stressed out, that combined with allergies doesn't help matters. About a week or two ago I noticed minor aches in my lower back, where the pelvis meets the spine, and it's only when I'm at work. I can see my belly pulsing with my heart beat but I can't feel anything firm in my belly at all that would indicate something like AAA, and when I lift stuff I don't notice pains at all. Honestly I wish I had never looked this condition up, but I go into a chiropractor tomorrow and I'll see if I can get that part of my back xrayed. Hopefully I can find peace of mind with that.

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    Generally speaking, most aortic aneurysms do not have symptoms, not often anyway. Minor aches in your lower back could literally be from a thousand different sources, almost all of which are benign. I can see my heart pulse too, I could before I had an aneurysm, and after. I would be more worried if you couldn't see it. If you have no reason to think you have one, it is the last thing I would worry about. 

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      That makes me feel a bit better. I've been worrying about that since there aren't any definitive symptoms for it.

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      I have an AAA when it was 4cm an osteopath would not treat me in case she burst it. I spoke to the vascular surgeon and he said it was OK to have my back treated.
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      Is that the same with a thoracic aneurysm? I had a chest x-ray two months ago due to another issue and nothing came up. Could something like that form in that amount of time?
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      No, mine took 10 years to develop. Generally they are very slow growing. I doubt you have anything to worry about.

       

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      I just had split second pain in mthe right side of my belly and tingling in my spine right after, but that was only if I sat down. The only thing I can think of is that I had a large meal before this. Could a large meal cause something like that when sitting down? Especially if my posture is bad?
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      I'm not feeling any other symptoms atm either

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      Really if u r that worried go to your internist or a cardiologist and talk to them instead of worrying about something u don’t even know you have. 

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    You do not get a symptom that comes and goes, and while my aneurysm has not burst, you would know it if it did. There is no mistaking it. I would honestly suggest help for anxiety if medical tests have ruled out other issues, otherwise, see a doctor and get an evaluation.
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      Where is yours located? How strong is the pulse and can you feel a mass? I can feel a pulse near my belly button on the left side but no mass or stomach firmness, though when I press down along the area where my aorta is I get a slight ache in my back.
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    No need to be sorry. I have anxiety issues as well, so I know the cycles you are going through. But nothing you are saying suggests AAA.
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      I'm feeling bloated, might be IBS and I can feel a pulsing sensation just below my sternum. When I feel it with my hands I cant feel it but when I lay down I feel it clear as day. Can't go to the doctor because I don't have the money.

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