Stomach spasms feel like a baby kicking

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   Posted 8/19/2008 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   
  I hope someone can help me.  i am almost 40. I have these spasms in the area of my upper stomach around the diaphram area. They just go on and on like hic ups! it is not painfull at the time but will leave my tummy sore later if is is a long attack. This morning I woke up and it was doing it in my sleep. I have read many threads on here that say it hurts like contractions ,but that is not how mine feels. they are just quick and i can even see my tummy move just like a baby kick.
  I have taken some pepto, and am drinking some water.Also I am on prilosec.I am on fluid pills and I do not get enough water I think. I drink too much diet pepsi. I have heard of folks having problems that drink diet pepsi before.Can anyone help me?  I have mentioned it to my Dr. but alas, I am on medicaid and she just asked if i was taking my prilosec. doesnt seem to be a priority!!
  I would appriectiate any feedback. thanks so much.

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   Posted 8/19/2008 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   


Hello and welcome. This is Kitt and I am so happy to meet you.

It may be diaphragm spasms that you are experiencing. There is also a tic-like clonic spasms of abdominal and diaphragmatic musculature that can be  either unilateral or bilateral.

Medications can sometimes cause this phenonmenon or as you have mentioned the carbonated beverage such as Diet Pepsi. 

Please remember I am not a professional and if this continues you need to review the problem again with your physician.

Perhaps other members have some experience that will help you.

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   Posted 9/16/2008 11:24 PM (GMT -7)   
The vibrations/spasms I was experiencing all went away while I was on a cruise vacation in the Caribbean this past week. It was no doubt stress related, since it had been a bad year for me. I don't eat a lot of crabs to begin with. Actually while on the cruise I ate more Crabs then I ever have before.


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   Posted 12/15/2010 10:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Something I was told is magnesium oil, rub it on your skin helps with leg spasms. Most people are deficent in something. Magnesium is also go for you with any muscle spasms including the muscle around your heart. To heal faster after surgery they can add magnesium to your blood.

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   Posted 12/16/2010 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Diet sodas often contain carmel coloring, which can trigger reflux or heart arrhythmias. Artificial sweeteners can be triggers too.

It's hard to tell heart and stomach conditions apart because they are right next to each other, so you need to see a cardiologist and a gastroenterologist to get checked out. You can see the stomach moving but not the heart, which could be doing something at the same time.

Simple physical presence of gas in the stomach from sodas can also cause reflux or cardiac arrhythmias. The bubble can tickle the heart directly or irritate the stomach which is connected to the heart by the vagus nerve. It's called cardio-esophageal reflex or linked angina. It works both ways. The heart can also trigger the stomach to reflux.
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