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Throbbing heartbeat sensation in lower back on either side of spine. What could be the reason?

I m a 22 year old female, lately maybe the past couple weeks I ve noticed a throbbing heartbeat sensation in my mid to lower back on either side of my spine roughly where my kidneys would be. It seems to only happen when I lay down. It s not painful, just strange. It feels almost hot as it is throbbing. Should I be concerned?
Asked On : Wed, 1 Aug 2012
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Throbbing of blood vessels in the abdomen or sometimes palpable pulse could be a sign of an underlying aneurysm of aorta or it's branches. A block or stenosis of arteries could also cause throbbing sensation . Though rarely such finding can be seen in very thin individuals , it's advisable to get an ultrasound abdomen done to rule out any blood vessel disorders. In early stages there could be no symptoms or pain but still at least a clinical evaluation by your doctor is mandatory.Many times a small or insignificant abnormality might not require any treatment but exact treatment and prognosis can only be commented after confirmed diagnosis.
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