For the past six years, I've experienced an incredibly annoying buzzing sensation in my abdomen. It feels like a cell phone on vibrate inside my body. Nothing is actually moving, it is just a sensation. It keeps me awake at night, and is so annoying that about five years ago, I actually had a hysterectomy in hopes of getting rid of it along with my large fibroids (long story, but it didn't work).
I've been on the paleo auto-immune protocol for about three months, and have been doing a Whole 30 (plus AIP) for the past 12 days. Since I went paleo, almost everything in my body has gotten better--except the buzzing. It has actually gotten worse!
The sensation comes and goes, but is much worse at night. The only thing I've found that sometimes seems to help is magnesium and drinking sufficient water, but this is not consistent enough for me to think that it's really any kind of solution. Also, benedryl helps me get to sleep at night, and may help the buzzing itself -- I'm not sure. (I've also tried B-vitamins, which didn't help).
The docs can't seem to give me any answers. I do have interstitial cystitis (thus the auto-immune protocol), but I don't know whether it's related to that. It's almost impossible for me to tell if the buzzing is coming from my bladder or gut. There's also a possibility I may be sub-clinical hypothyroid, as I have a number of symptoms, and also that my hormones are messed up. I'm seeing an endocrinologist about that soon.
Somehow, I think this has to be diet and/or food sensitivity related since it has gotten worse on paleo.
Would greatly appreciate any ideas and/or thoughts.
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on May 18, 2014
at 12:45 PM
OP here. After years of suffering with this, I'm thankful to report that I've found a solution!!! The buzzing stopped completely after I started taking D3 and sublingual B12. I have no idea which one did the trick, but I suspect it was the D3, as I had taken some B12 (although not as much) before with no results.
I have seen many, many people over the years with this problem posting on the internet, and have never seen a solution, so I wanted to post in here for the benefit of anyone who might be out there suffering like I was.
I take 2000 IU of vitamin D a day, and 2000 mcg of B-12 sublingually. I also take 250 mg of magnesium and a calcium citrate supplement that has additional vitamin D, magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese. I started the calcium citrate around the same time as the D3 and B12, so it's possible it could have been something in that, although I had taken a calcium supplement earlier with no effect.
Hope this helps someone.
on January 11, 2017
at 05:30 PM
So I have been experiencing this buzzing or vibration sensation for quite a few years now myself. I kept thinking it must be my imagination but it has become so completely annoying that today I finally asked the Internet and the first link that popped up was your post. I was very shocked to see that you have been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis, as I was also diagnosed with that a few years ago. So my guess is, that's where we're getting the buzzing from. I bet it's some sort of muscle spasms.
on April 05, 2016
at 12:33 AM
Sublingual B-12. Try it.
on January 12, 2016
at 03:36 PM
I noticed that my buzzing started approximately 2 to 4 weeks after receiving the over 65 flu shot in the fall of 2015. Has anyone else experienced this at about that time?
on March 12, 2014
at 02:14 PM
I was just having this last week, and I kept thinking it was my phone in my pocket but, no, the phone wasn't ringing and the source was my lower abdominal area. I checked my Cron-O-Meter nutrition trend and found I was low on folate and potassium again so I dropped a 5-MTHF and made sure I upped my potassium intake - that may have cleared it up, seems like it but correlation isn't causation, etc. (I can't eat potatoes, bananas, many of the high potassium foods due to latex allergy.) However, as far as my abdomen is concerned, I had an ectopic with surgery ('99), a C-section ('01), decades of undiagnosed celiac (glutenfree since early '05), and a polyp removal that tore my colon a bit (hospitalized, etc fall '05), plus I went through chemo in 2012 for breast cancer. I assume my nerves are still healing in certain areas so a little buzzing doesn't alarm me too much. So this is just FYI and maybe it is a nervous system symptom of healing?
on March 11, 2014
at 03:24 PM
I have a similar experience. Overall I am sensitive to inner body sensation like pain, movement, and buzzing. When I am not being active, I get the buzz in my legs, I have sensation I need to be moving.
Sounds like your excess energy is building and trapping in abdominal area. Chi, energy, you don't have to get philosophical. I'm a massage therapist and nurse. I used to feel other people's buzzing while hovering my hands above them....now I feel my own!
Skeptics....have you ever been so angry, you felt that energy that makes you shakey and burning up, tingles, buzzing? You notice then because that energy buildup is strong in fight or flight.
Fix...get rid of energy by expelling or relaxing it. Exercise late afternoon, walk, run, etc. or stretch, soak in hot bath, Epsom salt soak, meditate, get a massage. Or...Eat less nutrient dense foods, or calories, to fasting 2 hours before bed. Don't feed the energy in at night. Valerian root is better than benadryl! Don't use chemicals! No caffeine obviously. Water elements and other feng shui elements can pull off energy. Maybe calm lighting 2 hrs. Before going to bed. Don't go to Wal-Mart and expect to sleep when back home.
on February 28, 2014
at 12:37 AM
Thanks, Jennifer. I have not been tested for parasites, though I've often wondered about that. I don't even know what type of doctor would do that type of testing. I think my internal medicine guy would laugh me out of his office. What type of doc would you go to for that?
on February 28, 2014
at 12:30 AM
Is it possible it could be a parasite? Have you been tested for that?
on February 27, 2014
at 10:41 PM
I apologize, but I'm having trouble with the site, and can't seem to post replies to comments anymore. In answer to your question, moors, no, nothing is discernably twitching or moving, even though it really, really feels like it.
on February 27, 2014
at 02:39 PM
It is probably some typ of nerve pathology. It's pretty mild, so there many not be much you can do. Quick google shows that a lot of people swear by acupuncture, so you might want to give that a shot...
on February 27, 2014
at 10:40 AM
Can it just be your abdomen muscles involuntarily contracting ?
on February 27, 2014
at 06:12 AM
When you first become aware of any autoimmune disorder, identifying it is of course the next step and can take, unfortunately(!), several more years of misery and agony. However, it seems you have at least found you need a change in eating habits and regimenting your food away from what the government has done to what we eat for the past 30+ years.
Having said that, Although an Endo is great for hormones, they usually miss the boat as they focus on the run of the mill type of facts and normalities (ranges of "it's w/in normal range) in medicine. Finally I have gone to a clinic set up by a "Medical" doctor, not ND or anything else. She had cancer and was determined to find an alternative way to treat it and when hitting walls and seeing it is impossible to find docs to help people, and be "Honest" with them, and give them time with actually listening to their symptoms; she got well and opened a clinic, hired other docs who would treat like her and found a way insurance would pay for visits and blood work for her patients.
I loooooove this woman so much! I have been struggling for 33 years with my illness with doctors all telling me everything was WNL and "This happens to everyone as they change ages". It wasn't happening to my friends!!!
Anyway, sorry for the rant. They listened, ran the proper blood tests over a period of 3 mos, because they needed results before running the next series to find what the next test was that was needed and now know I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. (Yes I did have a couple of other issues, but they were minor, i.e. hormonal changes, etc)
I told my husband I feel like I am waking up from a coma since at least 20+ years ago. My 4 poor children had a sleeping mother to contend with, although I did mother things the best I could. I could not be what I had planned or what they really needed.
1) Longer story short, now that I am feeling better and know it can be done, don't give up.
2) My oldest daughter is a Hydrotherapist. For those of you who don't know what that is, they perform colon hydrotherapy on patients who suffer from chronic gut syndromes and have been searching for relief. They work closely with the patient's doctor as well. This is not something you can request on your own.
It does work and is what I was starting out to suggest to you for your buzzing in the beginning, but felt the story might help as well.
I hope this helps or that you find what you need for relief. They tell me it will take a long time for me to heal, but I can tell you that the treatment they have me on, once the medication titration reached my proper levels, and strict Paleo diet regimen are an amazing difference from 4 mos ago.