Buzzing Or Vibrating Feeling In Chest (5 Possible Causes)

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A buzzing or vibrating sensation in your chest could be a sign of possible health concerns like anxiety, gallbladder issues, lung problems, or heart diseases. Though it’s not always a major cause for concern, it’s important to consult your doctor to rule out any potential issues. Addressing these underlying conditions, head-on will help you relieve this sensation in your chest.

Have you had a buzzing or vibrating feeling in your chest like a cell phone for some time? If so, what causes this feeling?

It may not be something to worry about, but it has a medical explanation in most cases.

Although not often associated with pain, it makes you uncomfortable and disturbed.

Sometimes, people refer to these feelings as palpitations, which often go away after the cause is resolved.

Dealing with this feeling once and for all may save you from serious health issues like heart attacks.

You may often be experiencing anxiety, lung, heart, or gallbladder conditions. With immediate medical attention, the symptom will disappear.

At other times, the buzzing feeling may not cause concern, and it will disappear on its own.

If you have felt a buzzing or vibrating feeling in your chest, keep reading this article as we look at the common causes and their solutions.

What causes a buzzing or vibrating feeling in my chest?

1. Problem with your nervous system

A nervous system disease may cause the vibrating feeling you are experiencing in your chest.

Some nervous system diseases cause tremors in the chest, which feel like a buzzing or vibration feeling in the left side of the chest.

These diseases include Parkinson’s, Multiple sclerosis, and Essential Tremor.

Parkinson’s disease

An infographic showing the various symptoms of Parkinson's disease

The following symptoms may accompany this condition as a nervous system condition:

  • A hoarse and quiet voice
  • Lost sense of smell
  • Small handwriting
  • A mask-like severe look on the face
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty sleeping

Essential tremor

Another nervous system disease is essential tremors. This condition will be associated with other symptoms like the following:

  • Small involuntary movements on the arms and legs
  • Twitching on the face and eyelids
  • A quivering voice
  • Trouble finding your balance
  • Troubled writing

Multiple Sclerosis

Other symptoms of this disease include the following:

  • Numbness on the legs, arms, face, and body
  • Fatigue
  • Stiffness
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty controlling bowel movements and urine
  • Depression

You should visit your doctor and get a diagnosis if you experience any of the above symptoms.

Prior history with these or other nervous system diseases may cause the vibrating feeling in your chest as the heart gets excited, causing it to palpitate.

Visit your doctor and get immediate and proper medication for these diseases.

2. Anxiety

Although worry and fear accompany us before significant events, sometimes these feelings may bother us.

When you worry and panic for no apparent reason, you may be experiencing an anxiety disorder.

This uncontrolled feeling of worry anytime may cause heart palpitations which may come out as a vibrating feeling in our chest.

Anxiety disorder comes with other underlying problems like stress and depression.

Excess anxiety may cause panic attacks and excessive fear of probable death.

When it gets to this state, then your mental health gets compromised.

You may experience anxiety due to the following reasons:

  • A family history of mental health conditions may trigger anxiety. Some conditions like OCD which may run through family history, come with an increased risk of anxiety disorder.
  • Acute stress disorder
  • Other ailments like asthma, thyroid issues, heart disease, or diabetes
  • Substance abuse

As you experience anxiety, other brain functions may affect your respiratory and circulation processes.

This imbalance, in return, causes increased heart rate and the feeling of chest vibrations.

Did you know that these symptoms will spread to the ribcage, diaphragm, and heart area?

This feeling may occur after the occurrence of other anxiety symptoms. At other times, it may appear on its own.

The buzzing feeling may change in intensity; it may occur all the time or at a specific time.

By calming yourself after a stress response, you may slow down the buzzing feeling from anxiety tremors. It may take over ten minutes, but these tremors should not be alarming.

You must talk with a professional therapist about your complex anxiety disorder recovery.

This therapy will help if you don’t control the anxiety triggers. For extreme cases, you may get some drug prescriptions to assist in calming you down.

3. It could be lung failure

Did you know that you may experience this buzzing or vibrating feeling in your chest with a severe lung problem?

The lungs serve a vital function in the body to facilitate gaseous exchange to the body.

They facilitate the movement of oxygen into the blood and the removal of carbon dioxide from the blood, a process called respiration.

At times, these essential organs may experience failure, which adversely leads to reduced gaseous exchange.

If they are responsible for the buzzing feeling, you will experience the vibrations on the left or right side of the chest.

Although rare, if both lungs collapse, you may experience this feeling on both sides.

If the lungs have a problem or fail, you may experience vibration or buzz in your chest cavity.

The problem, often called “lung collapse,” proves life-threatening, mainly if it affects both lungs.

“Lung collapse” or lung failure occurs when the lungs stop functioning as intended.

Therefore air leakage occurs from the lungs to the chest wall.

The air thus beats against the diaphragm causing the vibrating effect you experience in your chest.

This condition requires urgent medical attention, and you should see a doctor immediately.

Other symptoms of lung failure include:             

  • Decrease in blood pressure
  • Flared nostrils
  • Fatigue
  • The skin may turn blue due to poor circulation of oxygen in the blood
  • Increased heart rate

Quick and timely medical attention will improve the situation.

4. Gallbladder infection

When your gallbladder gets infected, it often results in gallbladder inflammation. Antibiotics and gallbladder removal serve to cure this feeling.

Other associated symptoms of this disease include the following:

  • Pain in the abdomen that spreads to the right chest area or back
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • A tender region above the abdomen
  • Vomiting

5. Heart problems

Have you ever wondered, ‘Why does my heart feel like it’s vibrating?’. If you experience this vibrating feeling more often on your left chest area under your breast, you may have some common heart problems.

Heart problems that cause these tremors may range from non-serious ones like palpitations to severe heart problems like heart attacks.

Some common heart problems associated with a buzzing feeling in the chest or a vibrating feeling in the chest near the heart include the following:

Atrial Fibrillation

This condition occurs when the heart’s upper chambers don’t sync with the lower chambers. In return, this imbalance creates an irregular heartbeat which may cause chest vibrations.

Other symptoms include the following:

  • Chest pain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Confusion
  • Weakness

If your doctor diagnoses you with this heart condition, they will walk with you on an appropriate treatment plan.

Heart Attack

The symptoms of a heart attack cause anxiety in many patients.

When anxiety levels go high, you may experience a buzzing feeling in your chest with other associated symptoms like shortness of breath and sharp pain in your left side.

You will require emergency medical attention if it happens to be a heart attack.

You should call an emergency healthcare line immediately if you feel the symptoms.

Other symptoms include the following:

  • Indigestion
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Irregular and fast heartbeat

If you experience these symptoms, conduct an emergency health service since you may require urgent medical attention.

You should see a doctor once you experience abnormal chest vibrations since most heart conditions require urgent medical attention.

What other conditions may lead to a buzzing feeling in the chest?

Other health conditions that may lead to this include lung and heart-related conditions. These include:

  • Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Pleurisy
  • Indigestion
  • Pleural effusion
  • Precordial catch syndrome
  • Lung tumors
  • Lung cancer
  • Cancer of the heart

If you experience a prolonged buzzing or vibrating in your chest cavity, visit your doctor as soon as possible.

Some simple issues like indigestion may cause this feeling.

However, it could also mean the onset of a severe condition like a heart attack.

Immediate and timely medical attention may save your life.

FAQs

Why do I get a buzzing sensation in my body?

If you get the buzzing sensation in your body, you could suffer from nervous system diseases contributing to significant sensory effects.

Can anxiety cause vibratory sensations?

Anxiety forms a significant cause of the vibrations you may be feeling in your chest.

You might even have difficulty breathing, which could be a buzzing or vibrating feeling in your chest when breathing.

Most disease symptoms will spike anxiety levels.

What does an internal tremor feel like?

It will feel like a vibration or buzzing feeling inside your body. Sometimes feels like something triggers a shaking phenomenon inside your body.

References

  • https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000087.htm#:~:text=A%20collapsed%20lung%20occurs%20when,of%20this%20condition%20is%20pneumothorax.
  • https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324354
  • https://www.whiteswanfoundation.org/disorders/anxiety-and-related-disorders/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd?gclid=CjwKCAjw9J2iBhBPEiwAErwpealuUTV6qaFHfqgyZYm7Xy3gAjg-6mVExPrTohzMnCpooBHRgEENvhoCfU0QAvD_BwE
  • https://www.anxietycentre.com/anxiety-disorders/symptoms/stress-response/
  • https://www.healthline.com/health/anxiety
  • https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/nervous-system-diseases
  • https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/parkinsons-disease
  • https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/multiple-sclerosis-ms

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Nudrat Naheed
Hi, I am Nudrat, The Heart And Brain author, IR student, and painter. Writing about health fascinates me because it helps me to explore a new healthy routine and share it with others. I write primarily about general health, pregnancy, postpartum, and allergies here. If you don't find me writing, I'm busy painting or reading on global politics.

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