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A 83-year-old male asked:

I lifted some heavy weight and did some damage to my xiphoid process. only pain when i cough/sneeze. otherwise discomfort. ekg ok. any medical help?

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Dr. Nathan Ritter
Cardiology 24 years experience
No.: Unfortunately, rib strains and xiphoid process strains are treated only with avoidance of straining, and waiting. You can use otc analgesics to lessen the pain, however, they wont work very good for something like this. You don't need any surgery or bracing. Pain typically improves over a period of a couple weeks. Good luck!

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