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    RHOND posted:
    I am getting worried. for about 5 days I have been feeling what is exactly like the feelings of fetal movement in my abdomen. I am not pregnant. (no intercourse) and took a pregnancy test just because a friend made me. The movement feeling is continually in different places. At times I can feel this with my hand. I feel like I am going crazy. It is starting to scare me. My doctor does not know what I am talking about when I describe the feeling. does anyone else have these abdominal flutters and what causes them?
    4oSomething responded:
    it is usually caused by gas.
    YorkieYelsel responded:
    I too have been experiencing abdominal fluttering.. It does feel like fetal movement. For me the fluttering occurs on the left side of my abdomen, upper and lower quadrant. It's been constant for the last few days.. I have experienced it before but not as noticeable or as long as this time. I am surprised that it is such a common thing and that so little is known about it..I am not sick.. it does not hurt and I am guessing that is why , in general, people don't seek medical attention. That's probably why so little is known about it.!! I must admit I am curious as to what is causing them.
    _swank_ responded:
    This is normal and happens to everyone. It could be gas or just food and whatnot moving through your intestines. I have the same feelings and I don't even have a uterus.
    mauricev replied to _swank_'s response:
    It is definitely NOT normal. If it were normal, would you posting a query about it? Would your doctor know what you're talking about?

    I think the reason why some make are claiming it's normal is that it's a way to rationalize something that they don't understand. This thinking is normal, but your symptom is not.

    In fact, it seems to be rare and unusual, so unusual, in fact, medicine has no name for it. We don't really know what it is or what causes it.
    georgiagail replied to mauricev's response:
    It is neither abnormal nor unusual to feel the sensation of intestinal gas, food and/or liquid moving through the 30 feet of small intestine humans have.

    mauricev replied to georgiagail's response:
    That is utterly and completely false. Who makes this stuff up?
    Anon_172447 responded:
    It sounds like gas to me!
    Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hello mauricev!

    Many of Our Members have reported feeling that sensation for many years. Normal things such as, food, stool and so forth can definitely cause sensations and sounds from the abdomen. Just like with many common symptoms, the culprit could be dozens of things. If it is problem or concern for you (you're not just commenting about it), then definitely pursue it with your doctor until you get answers.

    This article has a picture of the Abdomen, and lists many conditions that can be related to it and tests that can be done for more information. You can also read Nurse Jane's Reply to another member who experienced 'thumping' in her abdomen.

    Hope this helps,

    Every time I close the door on reality it comes in through the windows. -Jennifer Unlimited-

    mauricev replied to Byroney_WebMD_Staff's response:
    The other post actually sounds like something different. I'm referring to specifically what's being reported on the post, namely "abdominal fluttering". Whatever this is, it is not normal nor is it common.
    Given that it appears to be relatively rare--the medical community isn't even aware of anything like this and there is no name for it, the name "abdominal fluttering" is the poster's name for it--it's unlikely to get researched. Plus, there are no good tools or methods for doing so, anyway.
    jessiwt replied to mauricev's response:
    That's the best way to explain it. I'm going through the same thing. Just because we don't know an exact name for it or a cause doesn't mean the medical field has never heard of it. If we knew what it was we wouldn't be here to begin with. "Fluttering" is really the best word to describe the sensation.
    atldsl replied to jessiwt's response:
    I'm a male and also started getting a fluttering in my abdomen, just about 2 inches below the belly button. It started about 1 week ago and has woken me up at night as well as suddenly come on while sitting at the office.
    So, I don't notice it while moving around that I can think of. While it might be some sort of gas, it's odd why this hasn't occurred for the past 40 years? Not once, do I recall this, but now I have this 24/7 off and on. It's like a kicking in the abdomen and usually lasts a couple of minutes but then may return a few more minutes later or an hour later.
    I have lost about 30 Lbs since the end of May, so maybe that has created a new sensation as a result?
    summerlands59 replied to atldsl's response:
    I've been having this sensation on and off for months and sometimes it becomes severe with pain for a second. I just had a cat scan today to see what's up in there. I'll let you all know what they find since this seems to be more common than I thought and such a mystery!
    lisajh1974 replied to summerlands59's response:
    Hi summerlands59, how did you get on with the results of the cat scan. I started getting these fluttering symptoms 5 days ago and I've never had them before. I went to my GP yesterday and he put it down to anxiety but I'm not anxious so don't think that's the cause!
    breasha91 replied to lisajh1974's response:
    Pretty much anytime a doctor doesn't understand what's causing your symptoms they'll default to anxiety. Any serious research into the impact of anxiety on illness however has indicated that it's unheard of for anxiety to cause illness or have a strong physical impact (not that it doesn't, meditation has been shown to help the body function better and relieve symptoms, but anxiety alone cannot create medical conditions). I went to a doctor with a host if physical problems, and he diagnosed me with panic disorder. I do in fact have panic attacks, but when I went to the dentist later that week I came to find I was grinding my jaw at night, which was causing me to become dizzy and exhibit all those other symptoms the doctor put down to anxiety. I still have panic attacks, but since I was able to stop grinding my teeth, all my symptoms stopped too. I agree with other posters that gas or intestinal issues can cause stomach fluttering, it happens to me if I eat something I wouldn't normally. I'm very healthy otherwise.

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